|Red apricot blossom from Taiwan. Việt Nam imported flowers and ornamental plants worth US$18 million for the Lunar New Year 2018. — File Photo|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – Việt Nam imported flowers and ornamental plants worth US$18 million from December 1, 2017, to January 31, 2018, for the Lunar New Year.
This is a sharp increase of 46.8 per cent against last year, according to the General Department of Customs.
The countries witnessing a high surge in export value of these products to Việt Nam included the Netherlands (up 76 per cent to $5 million compared to before Tết last year) and China (up 80.8 per cent to $3.6 million).
This year’s imported products included fresh flowers and living ornamental plants reaching $7.9 million, accounting for 43.8 per cent of the total import value. They included orchids, rhododendron, dumb cane plants and cedrus bonsai trees.
Of these, flowers and plants worth $3.3 million, including orchids reaching over $2 million, were imported from mainland China, while the imports from Taiwan and Japan were worth $2.7 million and $1 million, respectively.
Việt Nam imported flowers having tuberous plants worth $7.6 million, accounting for 42.1 per cent of the total import value of flowers and ornamental plants.
Lilies reached an import turnover of $4.4 million from the Netherlands, $1.1 million from New Zealand and $1 million from France.
The General Department of Customs said flowers in the form of branches reached an import value of $2.4 million, down slightly from $2.5 million before Tết last year.
Notably, fresh orchids imported from Thailand reached an import value of $2.2 million. – VNS