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Netherlands: Russian watchdog eyes Dutch flower import ban *ARCHIVE*01:24

Netherlands: Russian watchdog eyes Dutch flower import ban *ARCHIVE*

Netherlands, Honselersdijk
July 27, 2015 at 06:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia's hygiene watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor announced, Monday, that the country has recommended suspending certification of Dutch cut flowers to national EU hygiene organisations, pending an investigation. Giving reasons for the decision, Rosselkhoznadzor stated that the flowers carried quarantine organisms. Footage from March shows how thousands of flowers were prepared and ready to be exported to Russia from the world's largest flower auction in Honselersdijk.

According to the Russian watchdog, quarantine organisms on over 300 recent shipments were found on Dutch products. It recommends the suspension of all Dutch cut flowers destined for Russia, demanding authorities address the issue in order to avoid EU-wide sanctions on similar products.

It is estimated that the Netherlands exported 30,700 tonnes of cut flowers and flower buds in 2014 alone, valued at $225.4 million (€203 million).

Netherlands: Russian watchdog eyes Dutch flower import ban *ARCHIVE*01:24
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Russia's hygiene watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor announced, Monday, that the country has recommended suspending certification of Dutch cut flowers to national EU hygiene organisations, pending an investigation. Giving reasons for the decision, Rosselkhoznadzor stated that the flowers carried quarantine organisms. Footage from March shows how thousands of flowers were prepared and ready to be exported to Russia from the world's largest flower auction in Honselersdijk.

According to the Russian watchdog, quarantine organisms on over 300 recent shipments were found on Dutch products. It recommends the suspension of all Dutch cut flowers destined for Russia, demanding authorities address the issue in order to avoid EU-wide sanctions on similar products.

It is estimated that the Netherlands exported 30,700 tonnes of cut flowers and flower buds in 2014 alone, valued at $225.4 million (€203 million).

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