USA reduces Imports of Flowers and Ornamental Plants

In the last five years imports of cut flowers fell from $850 million to $670 million, while ornamentals increased from $630 million to over $1 billion in the same period.

Friday, August 21, 2015

From a statement issued by the Foreign Trade Promotion Office:

Imports of fresh flowers are becoming fewer and more florists are closing in the United States, leading to more dynamism in the segment of ornamental plants.
Countries such as the Netherlands (traditionally one of the largest suppliers of cut flowers to the market) have virtually disappeared as suppliers in this sector, according to the latest figures from the Department of Agriculture.

Indeed, while imports of cut flowers have fallen from a value of US $850 million to US $670 million in the past five years, foreign purchases of ornamental plants have increased going from US $630 million to more than $1,050 million in the same period.



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