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Ecuador: Dozens of trucks loaded with flowers line up waiting for planes

The shortage of planes to send exports, which occurred in 2021, is repeated in the first month of 2022, affecting the flower sector. According to Expoflores, due to this new inconvenience, the sector will stop selling 22 million dollars.

Yesterday, a long line of trucks waited at the airport. The problem occurs prior to the celebration of Valentine’s Day. As published by EXPRESO, the fear that the logistics crisis will return has been growing for weeks. There it was already indicated that 2,500 tons could not be exported.

Today, that prediction is a reality. At the Quito airport there are dozens of trucks loaded with flowers. They hope there will be a plane to carry the cargo, as evidenced in a video by the president of Expoflores, Alejandro Martínez, on the social network Twitter.

Martínez explained to this newspaper that due to this logistics problem they are going to stop selling 22 million dollars to the world. “The lack of planes is an inconvenience, because some 2,500 tons will remain, and we will not be able to take advantage of the fact that the world increased demand for Valentine’s Day by 30%. This year the increase, in value, of Ecuadorian flower exports for this celebration will only be 1% compared to 2021”, said the leader of Expoflores.

This year Ecuador prepared to export more than 21,000 tons of flowers. Between January 27 and 29 is when the roses are usually sent to the world, said Martínez.

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