Floraholland CEO Lucas Vos has expressed his organization’s concern over the ban on Dutch floricultural products by Russia. In an official statement, Lucas said initial consequences of the ban were being felt citing a decrease in turnover for certain types of flowers that were commonly exported to Russia. Although the statement is quick to point out that the effects at the border are not as major as reports in sections of the media suggest.
Last week the chrysanthemums suffered a drop in sales compared to the same week last year. Several factors influence this price-setting and sales, but we suspect that the current situation with the export of flowers to Russia is having an effect. It's a worrying situation.
Flowers are exported from the Netherlands to 150 countries. About 5 percent goes to Russia. But now a problem has arisen for Florahollands members and customers regarding this export of Dutch flowers to Russia. Products from FloraHolland members and customers are subjected to stricter controls by Russia on phytosanitary grounds, resulting in delays or even the rejection of deliveries. This is having an effect on the daily trade in flowers to Russia. The effects at the border are not as major as the reports in the media suggest.