Faced with non-compliance in the deliveries of cigars to the retail trade network, due to the impact of COVID-19 in the producing factories, breakages and lack of imported supplies, the sale of this product has been regulated throughout the country by the local governments together with the provincial directorates of Internal Trade (Mincin), according to the Cuban News Agency (ACN).
The deficit has been of such magnitude that it has been oriented to offer it through the supply book and only for people over 18 years of age, while the number of packs per capita is in correspondence with the volumes that the Tabacuba Business Group can offer to customers at times. territories, Mincin representatives told the press.
Leticia Ojeda Reyes, commercial director of the Food Group, and Marco Aguirre Carvajal, deputy director of Food of the Havana Commerce Company, explained that the cigar retains its classification of released, for which the “quota »From one month to another, especially when its delivery by the supplier is unstable and insufficient.
In keeping with this situation, for example, in the capital, Ojeda Reyes stressed that along with the problems with raw materials that Tabacuba needs, including wrapping paper, nylon and glue, there have also been difficulties with transportation from the factories towards the territories. He clarified that it has not been possible to guarantee the deliveries of tobacco and phosphorus, both released products.
The ACN points out that despite the difficulties alluded to by the aforementioned Agricultural Business Group, today the situation is beginning to reverse with a certain level of financing and thanks to the gradual recovery of the entities affected by the pandemic, including the Ramiro Lavandero, in Ranchuelo, Villa Clara, and Segundo Quincosa, in the capital.