According to the Association of Flower Producers and Exporters (Expoflores), on the eve of World Mother’s Day in the United States, first destination of Ecuadorian flowers, exports dropped about 5%, while in Europe it rose 15%.
Last year, the U.S. imported about 5,772 tons of flowers, overtaking Europe that received 2,048 tones. So far in this year, the figure decreased by 5,492 t. for the United States and 2,358 tones for the European Bloc.
These figures are attributed mainly to non-extension of the Andean Trade Preference System (ATPDEA, in English), the increase of costs in carriage and the value in the sale, according to Arturo Velasteguí, an analyst of the guild.
Source: Diario El Universo