On 13 April 2021, the patent chamber of the Court in The Hague ruled in summary proceedings instituted by Floration Europe against Royal FloraHolland. The judge ruled that there is no question of Royal FloraHolland infringing a patent concerning a method of transporting flowers in sea containers.
At the request of growers, Royal FloraHolland set up two small-scale pilots with a total of eight sea containers between Kenya and the Netherlands. This ruling makes it possible to follow up on this in the future. Besides air freight, sea freight has become an established mode of transport within the floriculture industry. This form of transport has been growing in recent years. The pilots are still being evaluated, both with growers and internally at Royal FloraHolland.
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