According to data of the Central Bank of Ecuador (BCE), direct trade between Ecuador and the ex-Soviet nation started last year with the export of flowers. In that time, the commercial activity generated only USD 126,077. But this year (January-October) the export figures have increased, reaching 13 batches of flowers worth a total of USD 2,593,066.
The Ecuadorian offer includes more than 600 flower varieties, according to Alejandro Martínez, CEO of Expoflores, which is why the Belorussian market likes Ecuadorian flowers. “This market is the same as the Russian one because it wants the latest products and exclusive, big and resistant flowers with longer shelf life”, he said.
Depending on how “new and luxuriant” is a flower variety, it can be exported in 80 cents and sold to the public for USD 5. It seems Belarussians are not concerned about the price.