Since the beginning of 2000, the Cubans, i.e. Habanos S.A., have more or less eliminated the complicated coding of manufacture data found on the underside of each cigar box. As a result, each Cuban cigar box is now assigned a code which clearly indicates the production month as well as the last two digits of the respective production year (e.g. NOV01 for November 2001). The procedures which were previously used were cracked in the shortest of time and spread over the internet.
The production codes of Cuban cigar factories
The production codes of Cuban cigar factories are sorted according to region, and then alphabetically, according to the coding. The factory’s name before the revolution is specified in parentheses.