Case story: Direct imports of Ethiopian roses to Sweden

This case story describes how Swedish authorities worked with a specific case in which a small company experienced difficulties in direct imports of cut flowers from Ethiopia to Sweden. It describes the dialogue between authorities and between authorities and actors from the private sector, and how a mapping exercise was used to facilitate the process for the company.

Trade in plant products means certain risks of introduction and spread of plant pests. Protective measures taken to minimise phytosanitary risks are therefore important. Phytosanitary inspections are conducted within a chain of border activities including customs declaration, handling of fees etc.The complexity of the chain poses challenges to both business operators and authorities.