<<...Cuban Cigar Boxes produced since 1985 contain a coded factory of origin stamp. Prior to 1985, there was no factory identification on boxes.
These codes are ink stamped onto the bottom of the timber box or the cardboard outer packing, sometimes both. The imprinted factory code and the date are applied before leaving the factory, either for warehousing or for immediate export.
These codes are used for quality control purposes as in different years, several factories may make a particular brand or vitola.
The codes keep changing to deter buyers from demanding or rejecting a particular factory as it moves in or out of favour, since this causes stock problems for Habanos and their distributors...>>