Havana, 11 Feb. The supply of toiletries, which has been affected by the lack of raw materials, will improve from April on, confirmed executives from the Ministry of Domestic Trade (Mincin).
The current situation, in which the demand is not covered and there is a shortage of soap, toothpaste and liquid detergent in the retail network of Mincin, is temporary, according to the information published today in the newspaper Granma.
Francisco Silva, general director of Sales of Mincin, explained that the timely arrival of raw materials, which come from various geographical areas of the world, does not escape the harassment to which Cuba is subjected, because of the economic blockade of the U.S. Government.
He said that, in view of the detention of vessels so that they do not reach Cuba, the industry has had to look for alternatives, which not only refer to financing, but also to new sources of supply. As a result, there will be greater stability as from the second quarter of this year.
Soap and toothpaste sales are expected to grow by 40% and 35%, respectively, by 2020, compared to 2019, Silva said.
Regarding chicken sales, the executive indicated that in 2019 the retail companies and chain stores sold more than in 2018, while for 2020 similar levels are expected to maintain stability.
Regarding cooking oil, he said that at the moment the three factories in the country, located in Havana, Camagüey and Santiago de Cuba, are producing and there are inventories of crude or refined oil, including the imports foreseen in the plan.
He said that in 2019, 15,586 tons more than the real one executed in 2018 were sold, and for this year there should be stability in the supply.
Silva indicated that the subsidized products regulated by La Libreta,
for February and March is already guaranteed, including coffee in the established cycles and pasta.
He said that in the case of grains, which have been affected in their distribution, due to the decrease in national production this year, in February we proceeded to the delivery of black beans or peas, according to the availability in each province.
(With information from Granma)