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Latin Flower Exports Grow

Latin American exports of flowers grew over Valentine's Day and are expected to increase again for Mothers's Day.
Colombia dominates US flower imports from Latin America. Here Colombian flower workers. (Photo: UPS)


Latin America's exports of flowers are growing, spurred by increased Valentine's Day shipments, logistics companies say.

U.S.-based UPS, the world's largest package delivery company, estimates that the four top Latin American flower exporters shipped more than 1.7 million kilos during January and February, an increase of 21.4 percent from the same period last year, according to Tom O'Malley, VP Air Cargo for UPS. The number of stems grew by 31.8 percent.  The four countries are Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic

Germany-owned DHL, Latin America's largest express shipping company, shipped 20 million stems of Latin American flowers for Valentine's Day this year.  Around 85 percent of the flowers were exported to the United States, while almost 15 percent were exported to other European countries.

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Keywords: Asia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Europe, Mother's Day, U.S. imports 2007 and 2006

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From: Katja Newman, President, KSN
South America's growing flower industry demonstrates the importance of free trade to economic prosperity. Only through open trade can countries like Colombia improve economic prosperity and enjoy declining support for leftist guerrillas and their drug trading partners. A greater concern lies with poorer countries like Bolivia and Ecuador, where poverty leads to support of populist leaders and their extreme rhetoric. In those countries the presidents are nationalizing industries and re-writing the constitutions, with little benefit to its citizens. Only improved economic growth in Bolivia and Ecuador will prevent further instability in the Andes.

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