Value of the import and export of tulip bulbs in the Netherlands 2008-2018

Value of the import and export of tulip bulbs in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2018 (in thousand euros)

by Brigitte van de Pas, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Value of the import and export of tulip bulbs in the Netherlands 2008-2018 Although tulips originally come from Turkey, these days they are mainly associated with the Netherlands. Each spring, thousands and thousands of visitors travel to the country to enjoy the flower spectacles at the Keukenhof and the surrounding tulip fields in the ‘Bollenstreek’. The products produced here are mostly destined for export, and the export trade in tulip bulbs and flowers is consistently high. In 2018, the value of the tulip bulb export was just over 215 million euros.
 Production area increases

  Between 2008 and 2018, the area used to produce tulip bulbs in the Netherlands increased significantly, from 114,000 hectares in 2008 to 142,000 hectares in 2018. The tulip bulb is the most-widely produced flower bulb in the country, with over twice as many hectares dedicated to its production than the runner-up, lilies. By contrast, the area used for producing gladioli was over 14 times smaller, at roughly 10,000 hectares.

Germany most important export partner

  The most important destination of Dutch plants and flowers was neighboring country Germany, with an export value of roughly 2.5 billion euros in 2017. This was over twice as much as the export value of the flower and plant trade with the second largest trade partner, the United Kingdom (1.1 billion euros). Completing the top three of leading export partners, the value of Dutch export to France was nearly one billion euros.
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Value of the import and export of tulip bulbs in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2018 (in thousand euros)

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