Plants and flowers imports fall up to 10% after Brexit

Royal FloraHolland has revealed how exports to the UK fell to 59m euros from 66m euros, dropping -10.6 per cent, in October 2016.

Export share to the UK fell from 15.5 per cent to 13.5 per cent in October.

Royal FloraHolland said: "The export to the UK is decreasing between 7 per cent and 10 per cent since the Brexit was announced."

Cumulative exports fell from 781m euros to 757m euros for the year to date, down three per cent.

Pot plant imports to the UK fell 22.8 per cent in the month compared to the same time last year, to 9.829m euros. Sales are flat year to date at 190m euros.

Cut flowers were down 7.7 per cent to 49.389m euros, from 53.536m euros in October and are four per cent down year to date at 567.419m euros.

However, exports from the Dutch auction to Germany rose 9.7 per cent in October and 6.4 per cent year-to-date. The German market is biggest at twice the size of the British export market.

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