After a flying start to the flower and plant export at the start of this year, the growth has been levelling out. "The 5% plus annually is still a great achievement for the Dutch import and export trade. The domestic wholesale is also doing well," says VGB director Matthijs Mesken.
Flowers (+6%) have a head start over plants (+4%), but plants grew more quickly in October. "This was also the case in March and June, but it's still too soon to talk about breaking trend," says Wesley van den Berg of Floridata. Up to and including October the flower export grew to € 3.2 billion and the plant turnover grew to € 1.9 billion. In the last month the top three countries, Germany, England and France all handed in their figures. Only England is structurally behind.
The decrease in value of the British pound since Brexit was announced has caused the export value towards England to decrease. Up to October the set back is 6% on a turnover of € 714 million. "The competition in England has also increased strongly," is the experience of Hans Langeveld of Heemskerk Flowers. The lower exchange rate for the dollar is placing pressure on the export to America, which meant that Dutch exporters left this market over the last five months. "The role of the Netherlands on this market is supplementary," reports director Burt Groeneveld of Tuning Flower Export. He further points to the effect of the higher purchasing value of flowers. "The transport costs in particular have gone up as well. Phytosanitary demand from many countries are having a restrictive effect on the export," he indicates.
source: VGB / Floridata