Vietnamese spend US$18m importing Tet flowers and plants

Update: 17:43 | 19/02/2018
Imports of flowers and ornamental plants for the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) 2018 hit the US$18 million mark this year, a rise of nearly 50% over the same period of last year, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.
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The Netherlands was the largest supplier of flowers and ornamental plants to Vietnam with a value of more than US$ 5 million (up 76% compared to Tet 2017), followed by China with nearly US$4 million (up approximately 81%).

The main drivers of growth in imported flowers and ornamental plants were orchids, water-rails, rohdea japonica, and ornamental pine trees, most of which are bought in from China (with an import value of around US$3.3 million), Taiwan (US$2.7 million) and Japan (more than US$1 million).

vietnamese spend us 18m importing tet flowers and plants

As Valentine’s Day coincided with the Tet holidays, imports of flowers for the Day increased sharply to cope with demand.

Shipments of lily flowers from the Netherlands reached a value of US$4.4 million, with New Zealand at US$1.1 million, and France at more than US$1 million.

Thai orchids were also much favoured by Vietnamese customers with US$2.2 million worth being imported for Tet.

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(Source: VOV)