HAVANA TIMES — Periodic shortages of home and personal hygiene products marketed in stores selling in both regular pesos and hard currency will remain for the remainder of 2014, reported the official press on Thursday.
In the early months of this year products such as deodorant and toilet paper disappeared from the market almost entirely, and others like colognes, powders, shaving razors and cream, polish remover, degreasing soaps, hydrochloric acid and chlorine bleaches, are among the products that have failed to “stabilize”.
The Communist Party daily said the phenomenon is due tofinancial restraints thatlimited thepurchase ofraw materials andthereforeproduction.
This year the island will produce only 16% of the talcum powder produced in 2013, while production of colognes won’t reach 40%. “Given these numbers, it is difficult to predict a recovery for this semester,” says Granma, although significant increases were announced for 2015.
Many visitors to Cuba bring toiletries and hygene products with them to give as gifts, well aware of how difficult it can be to obtain what are very day products in other countries.