List of African Countries Set to Enjoy UK's Free Tarrif on Cut Flower Export

The United Kingdom (UK) has temporarily removed export tariffs for cut flowers in five African countries.

The UK is intending to make trade with the UK easier and cheaper for growers in East Africa and beyond.

The suspension of 8% duty for cut flowers applies across the world but will begin in Kenya.

Other East African countries to benefit from the 0% tariff are Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Effective Date for Tariff Suspection

The duty suspension will remain in place for two years from April 11, 2024, to June 30, 2026.

Unlimited quantities of flowers will be exported to the UK at a 0% tariff.

This is particularly important for East African flower growers who transport their blooms via third-countries or auction houses before they arrive in the UK.

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The move aims to increase trade and further strengthen the economic relationship between the UK and the region.

Kenya, The Largest Flower Exporter

UK consumers could win big too – on price, seasonality and variety.

“The UK’s relationship with East Africa is rooted in mutually beneficial trade. This additional flower power will allow trade to bloom.

We go far when we go together… or in this case, we grow far when we grow together, further reinforcing the UK’s commitment to the expansion of trade in East Africa,” said His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa, John Humphrey.

In 2022, Kenya was ranked as the fourth biggest exporter of cut flowers in the world, with 6% of global cut-flower exports.

Ethiopia is the second largest cut flower producer in Africa, making up 23% of Sub-Saharan African exports.

In 2023, the value of trade in cut flowers between the UK from Ethiopia was valued at £12.6m, Rwanda at £727,000, £839,000 from Tanzania, and £1.1m from Uganda.

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