In March 2020, the export value of horticultural products from the Netherlands such as flowers, plants, bulbs and nursery products declined by 22 percent year-on-year.
Exports of cut flowers dropped by 26 percent. The biggest reduction was in horticultural exports to Italy.
In January 2020, the value of horticultural exports was still 10 percent up compared with the same month last year, but at 3 percent, the year-on-year increase was already markedly lower in February.
Most of the decline in March was on account of cut flowers (-26 percent). Exports of plants and nursery products contracted by 18 percent while flower bulbs and other ornamental products dropped by 25 percent.
In 2019, horticultural exports reached a value of 9.5 billion euros, making horticulture the single largest industry in Dutch agricultural exports.