Dutch plant and flower exports to the UK down 7% to August

Total Dutch plant and flower exports to August have grown around 6%, reaching a record value of €4 billion - but sales to the UK are down by 7%.

Wesley van den Berg of Floridata said: "There is a dampening effect of the stronger euro, for a few countries."

A year after Brexit was announced, the export value to the UK has changed from a stable value in the middle of 2016, to the current -7%. The weaker value of the dollar against the euro has also had consequences for international flows in the flower trade.

The USA went down from +12% in 2016 to just above zero.

Exports to Russia weren’t affected by the weak, but currently stable, exchange rate of the rouble. In the run-up to the important first day of school for the flower sales, exports to Russia increased in August, reaching a 38% growth for the year so far.

With the largest decrease (-9%) for Denmark, the Scandinavian market seems to be stagnating. Exporters expect that this is only temporarily though, pointing out how stable sales to these countries has been over the years. It is expected that sales to the Scandinavian markets will pick up again.

VGB director Matthijs Mesken said: "Exporters have noticed an increasing international competition and expect that the current growth of the global market will continue for a while."

Earlier this year it was noted that flower sales increased more than pot and garden plant sales and this trend continued in August.

Flower exports increased by 5% in the past month, reaching an average growth of 7% and a total value of €2.6 billion up until August. Dutch exporters’ plant sales went down by 2% in August, but they’re still looking at an average of +4% for the year so far, reaching a total value of € 1.6 billion up until August. Bringing the total to € 4.2 billion.

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