With Hurricane Irma barreling down on the Dominican Republic and Cuba, it made me wonder what type of impact a major hurricane could have on the cigar industry......in terms of decimating crops, damaging barns and structures, etc.
Pretty scary stuff going on down there......hope it isn't as bad for those people as it sounds.....
I was thinking the same thing yesterday. But I would think over the decades of storms coming through those areas, they would have contingency plans for the cigars? As for the crops, I don't know if there is anything they can do... I think there will be an impact though.
The good news is (at least for the tobacco crop) that the seed is not in the ground yet for the 2018 plants. They plant as early as now and as late as December. Early to mid May 2017, all of the plantings were in late harvest or already in cure. They plant and harvest at those times of year because the weather is absolute perfect and have high sun.
As for the crop out of the ground, they are in barns or in factories for sure. Even if there was a major storm, hopefully there will be enough supply to keep the good cigars coming without a ton of price hikes. Also, I am hopeful that the impact on the people and infrastructure is minimal. These folks have had centuries of experience with this sort of thing so even if it comes through as a Cat 5, the people know how to deal with it. Best wishes and safety to everyone down there.
I just went online to place an order with Cigar Place and their website notes they are taking orders online, but their customer service and shipping departments are closed tomorrow through Monday. And from Monday on, they just don't know!
I remember back in 2005 when there were 4 hurricanes that Cuba got rocked pretty badly. I had heard that Cuba was buying some tobacco from Plasencia Nicaragua. I'd be more worried about the FDA then any problems from the storms
The way things look now, Florida is gonna get clobbered and a lot of stock is probably going to be wiped out there as well. Looks like some tough times ahead for a lot of businesses. But this has happened before and hopefully they are prepared for it as best as can be.
This hurricane is one bad bitch of a storm. I've lived in NE Florida for most of my 52 years on this big blue ball and this one has me scared. I haven't heard any reports yet from the Dominican Republic as the storm passes by just north of that island as I type this. It looks like Irma is gonna skirt the northern coast of Cuba before she hangs a hard right into Miami as a CAT4 or 5. I'm not sure how much of South Florida south and east of Lake Okeechobee will be recognizable. I may be wrong, but if I'm not mistaken, a lot of the major players in the cigar industry still call Miami home, have vast amounts of inventory stored there, and still operate factories in the area.
NE Florida is still days' away from any sort of impact, and they've already issued mandatory evacuation orders for St Johns County (St Augustine) just south of me. The gas station I use is out of gas. The latest track has Irma diminishing in strength to a CAT2 by the time it reaches us in Jacksonville sometime around noon on Monday. That we can deal with, Good Lord willing, at the Casa D' Dave, but things can still change.
Now there is a possible Tsunami from the 8.2 earthquake that hit off of Mexico. Eucador, Honduras and Nicaragua are in the probable path. This is serious Wrath of God kind of stuff hitting the tobacco countries.