A businessman warned of a shortage of glass since October. /DEM
El Salvador’s Chamber of Commerce (Camarasal) has warned of shortages of glass and tin in El Salvador. This is a product of the container crisis and the still high prices of sea freight in the world.
Union president Jorge Hasbun said the situation has led companies to choose polyethylene terephthalate (a plastic) to continue distributing products such as soft drinks.
“There’s a shortage of glass in the industrial sector. There’s a huge shortage of glass, so we’re seeing a lot of products, carbonated drinks, etc., that were sold in glass that moved to PET cans, that never happened. That’s it,” said the union leader.
Hasbún assured us that there will always be hidden costs that can be addressed with new productivity techniques and process improvements, but recalled that freight is a factor that local industry cannot control.
A blow to the industry.
In October, Carol Colorado, director of legal and corporate affairs at Industrias La Constantia (ILC), Colorado, said the ongoing socio-political conflict in Europe has slowed response to supplies such as glass bottles. made it clear that there is
To avoid distribution risks, the ILC had to implement a bottle return campaign, but this was not enough, so it turned to the Colombian company Bavaria, an affiliated business of AB-inBev, to which La Constantia belongs. I had to. A bottle that continues to produce Pilsner beer.
Data from the Central Reserve Bank (BCR) show that the weight of glass and its manufacturers imported by El Salvador hovered between 3.4 million and 4.8 million kilograms between August and October, the lowest figure for the year. indicated that it was recorded.
However, from January to October 2022, $57.5 million worth of glass was imported, up 28% from the same period in 2021 when $44.9 million was allocated. Kilograms also increased, and in cumulative he went from 44.9 million to 48.9 million.
The world began to recover in 2022 after the covid-19 pandemic and economic paralysis pushed cargo prices higher, but military conflicts between Russia and Ukraine and the closure of major Asian ports led to a decline in cargo. hindered. that.
At a press conference, Hasbún explained that pre-pandemic shipping prices for ships to China were around $4,000 or $5,000, but have since risen to $20,000, so a price cut to $10,000 is always classed as high cost. Did.
Entrepreneurs also have to face a shortage of ship space and the need to rely on ports in Guatemala and Honduras to be able to supply.