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Blooming Concerns: Dutch Flower Growers Fear Post-Brexit Major Losses

Dutch flower growers have urged the UK authorities to postpone the implementation of the new border regulations on plants and food products, which are due to commence this month following Brexit.

They argue that exporters are unprepared for these changes and warn that any hold-ups at customs could lead to significant damage and financial losses.


The Dutch growers, represented by VGB, the Dutch association of wholesalers in floricultural products, have made a compelling case to the UK government for delaying these new border checks.


Their concerns are particularly poignant given the timing of these regulations, which coincide with the peak seasons of Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, critical periods for the flower industry. The potential for delays and losses during these peak times is a matter of great concern, not just for the Dutch growers but for the entire supply chain, including British consumers and retailers.


The Dutch flower industry's proactive approach highlights the intricate interdependencies in the European fresh produce market.


The FPC, has echoed these concerns, estimating that additional annual costs of more than £10m stemming from import charges would have to be passed on to consumers.

Their collaboration with the Dutch growers underscores a shared commitment to ensuring a smooth transition during this post-Brexit period.


The Dutch growers' request for a delay in the implementation of physical checks until at least September 2025 is a testament to their understanding of the complexities involved in international trade.


This proposed delay is not just about safeguarding their interests but also about ensuring that the UK market continues to receive high-quality products without unnecessary disruption or cost increases.


Ultimately, the Dutch flower growers have shown remarkable initiative in addressing the challenges posed by the UK's new border controls. Their efforts to advocate for a more phased approach to these regulations demonstrate a keen understanding of the global nature of the fresh produce industry.


Their actions are a clear indication of their commitment to maintaining the longstanding relationship between the Dutch floriculture sector and the UK market, ensuring that consumers continue to enjoy a wide variety of fresh flowers throughout the year.


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