Wholesalers complain about delivery bottlenecks for cigarettes
In some places, smokers today may find it difficult to buy their regular brand of cigarettes.
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In the past few weeks, some tobacco companies have had delivery problems. This is partly due to the tense situation on the raw materials markets.
linggarten. In some places, smokers today may find it difficult to buy their regular brand of cigarettes. Because tobacco companies have delivery problems, sell less than ordered.
The already tense situation has worsened significantly in recent weeks, said Cyril Ratz, sales manager at the tobacco wholesaler Dietz, the DPA in Leingerton, Baden-Württemberg.
The company, which operates in southern Germany and recently had an annual turnover of around 156 million euros, reported delivery problems just a month ago. According to the sales manager, further product groups have now been added. Philip Morris is now delivering around a quarter less freight than usual. It is about several packaging sizes of the brands Marlboro and LM. You can also get the brands Lucky Strike and Pal Mall from the manufacturer BAT less than you want.
Tension in commodity markets
Lakerland, a wholesaler that supplies gas stations, kiosks and stores nationwide, is also feeling the effects of the Marlboro shortages. “There is a delivery problem with individual packaging units from the manufacturer Philip Morris,” says the company from Freien in North Rhine-Westphalia.
A spokesman for Philip Morris said there were shortages in several product types “due to the ongoing tight situation in the commodity markets”. However, consumers may be offered alternative product sizes. We are constantly working on solutions. A company spokesman cannot say when this problem will be fixed.
Delivery delay in the last few weeks
Competitor British American Tobacco (BAT) said there could be delays in deliveries at the regional level in recent weeks. “Together with the logistics company, we are working flat out to return to the usual delivery reliability as quickly as possible.” There was no loss of production.
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