Increase in export value of flowers and plants from the Netherlands by 3% to € 4.7 billion is mainly attributed to a growing number of countries buying the Dutch products. This is evident from export statistics announced by trade association VGB. The report cites a slight climb in value in the month of October.
In October, the export value of cut flowers increased by almost 3% to € 280 million. The cumulative increase is thus still completed 6%, representing a value of € 2.9 billion. The pot and bedding plants export in October and again after ten months saw a deficit of almost 3% in value € 1.8 billion. The increase in the flowers and the shrinkage at the plant this year is structural. Last year the value of plant exports climbed 5% stronger than that of cut flowers, whose sales were at 2%. VGB bases its analysis on the statistics collected by Floridata at affiliated exporters.
There was a decrease in flower and plant exports to three countries in the top 10 sales destinations. Austria went down to 16% to € 109 million, but even larger is Russia: 27% to € 146 million. "This remains a difficult market and impact on other Eastern European countries, which also face more difficulties with currency," says Director of Herald Spaargaren Aabloo. The Large Purchaser was Germany, where the flower and plant exports increased last year to October 5% this year remains stabbing at a deficit of 4% to € 1.35 billion. The market share consequently declined 2.2 percentage points to 28.6. De flower and plant exports rising to seven other countries in the top 10, ranging from 1% to Belgium and Sweden to a plus of 15% to € 781 million in England.