31 Oct 2008

NZ resumes flower exports to US

9:56 pm on 31 October 2008

New Zealand is to resume flower exports to the United States.

Exports of cut flower and foliage were suspended in September after the discovery of a light brown apple moth in a consignment of flowers.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry says the trade suspension could have been catastrophic for New Zealand, with flower exports to the US worth about $12 million a year.

MAF exports senior adviser Peter Johnson says a certification system has been set up for growers who want to export to the US, and the ministry will check flowers before they are exported.

Flowers will be exported to the US from Saturday.