The Spanish flower and ornamental plant sector faces its participation in the next edition of Iberflora – from October 4 to 6 – with exports on the rise. Specifically, in the first half of 2022, the country’s companies managed to sell 9% more abroad, reaching 375.3 million euros, according to data published by the Spanish Federation Fepex.
Customers from the European Union accounted for the vast majority of purchases, with 322.3 million and an increase of 7%, while third countries added 38.1 million and a notable increase of 10%. France led the purchase of Spanish flowers and plants with 115 million, followed by the Netherlands, with 66.4 million and an increase of 6%. Next came Germany, with 45 million and an increase of 7%; Portugal with 33.9 million and an increase of 20% and Italy with a spectacular rise of 31% which translates into the purchase of products worth 22 million.
One month before the celebration of Iberflora, the representation of international exhibitors does not stop increasing and now reaches 20%, so it will have a marked international character that will help the sector to strengthen these commercial relationships and generate new business opportunities with professionals from all over the planet.
The increase in foreign professionals is led by Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and France, although participants from the United States, Belgium, South Korea, India, Kenya, Ecuador, Lithuania, and Poland, among many others, are also expected.
Export by type of product and autonomous regions
Of the 375.3 million euros, more than 310.2 million corresponded to ornamental plants, with an increase of 9% compared to the first half of the previous year. The Spanish sector sold outdoor plants abroad for a value of 156.6 million euros, a product followed in turnover by indoor plants, with 63.3 million (+5%) and trees and shrubs with 63.2 million and an increase of 19%. In the case of cut flowers, sales stood at 39.3 million and a slight increase of 1%.
The Valencian Community led exports in the first semester with 124.8 million; followed by Andalusia with 119.2 million, Catalonia with 65 million, Murcia with 20.9 million, Galicia with 8.2 million and the Canary Islands with 6.8 million. The Valencian Community was also the territory that registered the greatest increase with 12%. It should be remembered that as in previous editions of Iberflora, the representatives of each autonomous community will have their own space to promote their products and initiatives.