More than a million roses will be imported to Croatia by end of February, Croatia's chamber of commerce HGK said on Thursday, ahead of this year's Valentine's Day.
HGK said that in February 2019 the total value of imports of roses was €639,000, up from €376,000 in January that year, and a similar month-on-month spike in demand is expected this year.
The total volume of roses imported in February 2019 went up by 14 percent year-on-year, from 1.2 to 1.4 million individual flowers.
The total imports of roses over the first ten months of 2019 - as data for November and December are not yet available - was around €5 million, or 31 percent up from the same period in 2018, when it was €3.8 million.
Almost all imports came from the Netherlands, one of the world's major flower exporting countries, where roses worth €4.8 million had originated from, with significantly smaller volumes coming from Slovenia and Germany.