The UK imports around €1 billion of flowers and plants a year and is the second largest import market for floricultural products.
The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Denmark and Belgium, plus Kenya, Colombia, South Africa, Turkey, Israel and Morocco are biggest importers.
Union Fleurs president Herman de Boon: "The forthcoming exit of the UK from the EU triggers many uncertainties for floriculture businesses in the EU and across the world. Longer-term perspectives are particularly unclear at this moment as various scenarii are being envisaged for the future trade relations between the UK and its current trade partners in the EU and in the rest of the world."The market fragmentation and the possible reinstatement of tariff and non-tariff barriers, particularly in the area of phytosanitary rules and other norms and standards, that could result from a stand-alone UK will directly impact the operations of many floriculture businesses in the EU and worldwide. For more than 50 years, Union Fleurs has stood for the free flow of floricultural products from supplying countries to consumption markets and advocated for a level-playing field along the supply-chain in the EU and the rest of the world. We will continue actively promoting seamless markets and trade in Brussels and will closely monitor the next steps in the re-designing of the UK’s trade relations with the EU and the world as they will unfold. Many questions need answering as early as possible for businesses to adjust and absorb the aftermath of the outcome of the British referendum, which we all deeply regret. "