In 2013 the combination of 2 major buyers going bankrupt and the cold spring extending well into April led to a shortage of CC containers in the market.
This prompted FloraHolland to produce a set of rules regarding issuing and transfers, to take effect in 2014, to ensure that every customer is treated as fairly as possible when a shortage threatens.
Rules regarding issuing
FloraHolland continuously monitors the national stock of CC containers and plates at its locations, including the Rhein-Maas auction. The level of the stocks is categorised into 3 classes: normal, critical and shortage. With a "normal" national stock, there are no restrictions on issuing CC containers and plates. Once the stock becomes "critical" or "shortage", the rules regarding issuing described below come into effect, but there must be a physical stock present at the locations for the system to work.
- "Critical" national stock: they will only be issued to customers with a credit balance up to the maximum of that credit (for example: a grower has a credit of 100 CCs but asks for 200 CCs, and is given only 100 CCs)
- "Shortage" national stock: the same procedure as for critical, but the grower is given only 50% of the credit (for example: a grower has a credit of 100 CCs but asks for 200 CCs, and is given only 50 CCs)
You can also register for the free SMS service: Availability of CC containers in the peak period
You will be informed about changes in the availability of CC containers by SMS for free. Register now on My FloraHolland. You only receive a SMS when there has been a change.
Rules regarding transfers
As soon as the national stock is categorised as "shortage", the following additional rule applies to transfers:
As a customer you are temporarily prohibited from making transfers through the Logistics Supplies Online service. If you have a credit of CC containers and plates, you can request that they be transferred by telephone or e-mail.