Guidelines for Exporters of Cut Flowers to the UK Market

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This booklet is one of a series of handbooks designed to provide practical guidelines on exporting for producers. The market for cut flowers in the UK has grown quite markedly in recent years. Considerable potential exists for Commonwealth developing countries to supply this expanding market and it is the aim of these guidelines to provide, in an ‘easy to read’ format, straightforward answers to exactly how, when, where and what to send. The booklet is directed at existing Commonwealth developing country flower producers/exporters and, more particularly, at the large number of potential new entrants to the market.



The UK Market

The UK market for imported cut flowers has expanded rapidly in recent years, reaching nearly 50,000 tons in 1989. Consumer demand tends to be conservative, however, concentrating on the ‘traditional’ varieties such as carnations, roses and chrysanthemums. There are also some other flower types, such as iris and lily, which are imported in moderately large quantities but, in comparison with many other European countries, demand for more unusual flowers, such as the exotic types, is very small.


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