The United Kingdom has elbowed the Netherlands and the US to become the third-largest buyer of Kenyan goods.
The latest data by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows that Kenya earned Sh13.29 billion from exports to the UK in the first quarter of the year, representing a 12.22 percent growth compared to the same period last year.
As a result, the UK moved from position five to third on Kenya’s top global buyers' list thanks to increased sales of cut flowers.
The Netherlands, which previously held the second spot, slipped to fourth after orders for Kenya’s cut flowers dwindled by 9.08 percent to Sh13.15 billion.
“We now have better freight into the UK than the Netherlands. Even when we were in the heat of Covid shocks about two months ago, the UK remained open,” Kenya Flower Council CEO Clement Tulezi told Business Daily.