In 2015 Latvia imported flowers in the amount of EUR 9.8 million; the main import partners were the Netherlands, Poland, and Finland

08.03.2016

Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2015 Latvia imported fresh cut flowers in the amount of EUR 9.8 million. Compared to 2014, last year flower imports increased by 40 %. In turn, exports value of flowers reached EUR 6.8 million, which is an increase of 69.5 %, compared to 2014.

In 2015, the greatest amount of imported flowers was recorded in February and March. During these months imports value rose by 82 % and 42 %, respectively, as compared to the previous month. In turn, the largest volume of exported flowers was registered in February, August and at the end of the year.

Exports and imports of fresh cut flowers in 2015; by month (thousand EUR)

Of all flowers, roses were imported in the greatest amounts – in 2015 their imports value accounted for EUR 4.3 million, which is an increase of 40.1 % as compared to the previous year. The following flowers were imported in smaller amounts: dried flowers (in 2015 – in the amount of EUR 1.2 million), chrysanthemums (EUR 0.8 million), carnations (EUR 0.4 million) and lilies (EUR 0.2 million). Since 2012 imports value of dried flowers has been increasing, while imports of carnations witnesses decrease.

The largest share of flowers are imported from the Netherlands (imports value - EUR 9.1 million), from Poland (EUR 409.8 thousand), Finland (EUR 168.3 thousand), Lithuania (EUR 72.5 thousand), and Italy (EUR 55 6 thousand). Last year, a small share of flowers were also imported from Germany (roses, orchids and dried flowers), roses from Kenya and dried flowers from Slovenia.

Imports value of fresh cut flowers; 2012 2015 (thsd EUR)

In 2015 Latvia exported fresh cut flowers in the amount of EUR 6.8 million. Over the year exports of flowers have grown by 69.5 % (in 2014 – EUR 4.0 million). It was significantly affected by growth of 78.1 % in exports of roses, as well as by increase in exports of chrysanthemums and carnations (3.6 and 2.4 times, respectively). Exports of fresh cut flowers also includes imported flowers that are sorted, packed or otherwise processed in Latvia, and then exported to other countries.

Exports value of fresh cut flowers; 2012 2015 (EUR thsd)

Compared with other flowers, roses were exported in the greatest amounts (exports value in 2015 – EUR 3.2 million), followed by chrysanthemums (EUR 1.6 million) and carnations (EUR 0.4 million). Exports of roses have been increasing over the years, reaching its peak in 2015 (exports value – EUR 3.2 million). Last year, exports of chrysanthemums increased by EUR 1.6 million and exceeded the exports value of 2012. After the drop experienced in the previous years, exports of carnations has increased more than twice.

Russia is the main partner in exports of flowers; 6 million flowers were exported to this country in 2015. Significantly smaller quantities of flowers were exported to Lithuania (exports value – EUR 397.9 thousand) and to Estonia (EUR 388.8 thousand).

 

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