Upon a request by HilverdaFlorist, several boxes of illegally produced cut carnations from Ecuador have been controlled and stopped by the customs officers at the entry point at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The flowers have been seized and destroyed.
The illegally produced cut carnations were meant for the sale around the March 8 International Women's Day. The flowers from the seized shipment originated from growers mainly based around the city of Latacunga, 100 km south of Quito, Ecuador.
Every year, plant breeders, such as HilverdaFlorist, invest millions in the improvement of their varieties. The cost of the plant breeding work can only be covered by the royalty payments from authorized growers.
With its enforcement activities, HilverdaFlorist is seeking to equally protect the interests of its authorized grower-partners and its innovative capacities. To prevent future imports of illegal flowers, HilverdaFlorist will closely monitor the market, with comparable enforcement actions to occur more often in the future.
Reported by: Peter van der Weijden, HilverdaFlorist, CIOPORA Board member E: firstname.lastname@example.org