03/26/2020 / 17:32
BANJALUKA – A large number of businesses in Republika Srpska that have been allowed to work are drawing on the latest power atoms in a crisis caused by a pandemic of the coronal virus, and those factories that are not already are announcing a halt in production in the coming days.
Considering that retailers do not operate in the countries of the region, and also in the EU, where domestic producers place their products, many contracted orders have been canceled or their delivery is uncertain.
Domestic manufacturers, on the other hand, also have problems closing down factories abroad, from which they procure raw material that has already disappeared or supplies are nearing completion.
The CIMSS company from Prijedor, which produces chairs, has been closed for ten days because the partner from Italy, from which they procure the raw material, is also closed.
“We manufacture chairs and place everything abroad, we have contracts for this and next year, they have not canceled our orders, but we do not have the materials to work. As much as we had the raw materials we did so much. We have unfinished business, a million contracts and what will happen next I do not know. I let the workers home by April 1st, I would pay them everything as if they had worked, and from the first I don't know what to do. “, he says of the portal CAPITAL director of that company Irfan Cepic.
He added that the RS Government announces that it will implement the measures, but that they do not specifically say what kind.
“I found myself in unpowered grapes, in a month I have to pay again. Yes, I have 10 or 15 workers, so I can handle it somehow, but I have 80 workers. Let them implement the measures they announce, everything is announced, and from where they will realize everything and whether I do not know. I can't play mouse and cat so in a month they tell me to pay my dues and we'll see how we can help you. We can't survive like that. I don't need the money, but I need some safeguards to tell the workers what to do and to know if they have anything to survive, to find a way out while this lasts. “said Cepic.
He added that it was not for him to lay off workers, but that he could not take on obligations that he would not be able to fulfill.
The Nuclear Company in Novi Grad, which manufactures beekeeping equipment, has not yet stopped production, but is operating at 50 percent less capacity.
“We work in one shift, we have raw materials for another month of work, our problem is transportation of goods and further procurement of raw materials. The problem is also with the carriers, we should have sent the goods, but the drivers will not go because they spend eight or nine days on the road to export the goods to Germany. The announcement of the Government that they will write off taxes and contributions would mean a lot to us, because we are doing 50 percent less and if this lasts we will be in collapse. The workers are not “on hold”, they are paid, they only work for one week and the other for another, but we will not be able to support this for more than a month or two. We export 80% of our products to Germany and the rest to Croatia and Slovenia. They are still looking for goods, they have not reduced anything, but the problem is with the delivery and the raw material “, they told us at Nucleus.
A few more days and we're closing
Exclusive Lingerie, a lingerie company, says they have closed a factory in Italy from which they procure raw materials.
The director of that company, Nino Tolimir, told CAPITAL that they were informed by a factory in Italy that they would not work for 15 days.
“We are currently working, we have two orders for Sweden, we have in stock yet, in the long run nothing can be said about what will be produced. Transport is difficult and this is a problem that everyone who sends or receives goods from Europe has. It is ungrateful to estimate how much more we will do if this situation remains. As far as the countries of the region are concerned, retailers where we sell goods do not work as they do in our country, this fact means that they do not order new goods. So far we are working, literally day by day ”says Tolimir.
According to information CAPITALOn Monday, production could be stopped by the Prima ISG factory in Gradiška, which manufactures furniture, but we couldn't get a confirmation because the company's phones were ringing in vain.
Modrica's Alfa Footwear Parts Factory has announced the possibility of suspending production. Responsible people were not available at that company today, so we sent them questions in writing.
The RS Chamber of Commerce says that based on the problems of businessmen, they are working on creating measures to repair the damage.
“More and more businesses are emerging and there is almost no factory that is not directly or indirectly affected and does not suffer the consequences of an emergency and a pandemic of the coronal virus.”, said RS Chamber of Commerce spokesman Vladimir Blagojevic.
CAPITAL: Svetlana Šurlan