The United Kingdom (UK) imported 250 million euros worth of cut flowers from third countries in the past year. In 2020 it was still 113 million euros and in the pre-corona year 2019 the counter stood at 132 million euros.
The trade statistics show that the import value of cut flowers from the European Union (EU) also increased, but with a relatively smaller jump. Cut flower imports from the EU last year amounted to 717 million euros, which is 39 percent higher than in 2020. By far the most important European supplier of flowers to the UK is the Netherlands.
Kenya is the most important third country and the second supplier of cut flowers after the Netherlands. According to Fruit and Vegetables, British cut flower imports from this country grew explosively last year. In 2021, the UK imported 150 million euros worth of cut flowers from Kenya. In the years before that, it was about 60 million euros. Imports from Colombia were also on the rise.
The trade flow from Kenya mainly concerns roses. From non-EU countries also come carnations, orchids and chrysanthemums. The fact that the import value of cut flowers in the UK has increased over the full width is mainly due to the increased prices of the flowers in 2021.