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UK Abolishes Import Duty on Kenyan Flower Exports for Two Years

In a significant boost for Kenya's floriculture sector, the UK government has announced the removal of the 8% import duty on Kenyan flower exports, effective immediately.

This concession will remain in place for the next two years, aiming to support Kenya's key export industry, which has faced considerable challenges due to economic pressures and Brexit-related disruptions.

The abolishment of the tariff was confirmed during the recent state visit by Kenyan President William Ruto to London, highlighting the UK's commitment to strengthening trade ties with Kenya. President Ruto and UK officials discussed various strategies to enhance bilateral relations, with an emphasis on economic recovery and sustainable development.

Kenya's flower industry, renowned for its vibrant and diverse blooms, is a major component of the nation’s export economy, employing over 150,000 people directly and supporting approximately 500,000 others indirectly. The industry has been particularly vulnerable to fluctuations in global market demand and the logistical complexities of exporting perishable goods to distant markets.

UK consumers are among the primary buyers of Kenyan flowers, making this tariff removal a pivotal development for Kenyan exporters. It is expected to enhance the competitiveness of Kenyan flowers in the UK market, providing a much-needed lift to the sector and potentially stabilising employment levels within Kenya’s floricultural industry.

Furthermore, the UK’s Department for International Trade expressed optimism about this new phase of economic cooperation, stating that it reflects a mutual desire to foster a resilient and prosperous trade relationship that can withstand future global economic challenges.

The decision to waive the import duty comes at a crucial time as both nations seek to navigate the post-Brexit landscape and reinvigorate trade channels that have been tested by recent global disruptions.

This policy shift is seen as a testament to the UK's strategic interest in deepening economic ties with key African nations, such as Kenya, and is expected to pave the way for more collaborative initiatives in the future.


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