In 2010, we achieved the status of ‘Authorised Economic Operator’ (AEO) at the Dutch customs authorities. This means that our security system fully complies with the strict requirements imposed for international trade by the Dutch customs authorities. Our shipments have to undergo less checks in the country of arrival because we monitor the security procedures ourselves. This way, the clearance of the bulbs takes up less time and your bulbs arrive earlier at their destination.
Subsequent to our AEO certification, we expanded our security programme in 2011 by achieving the status of ‘Known Consignor’ for air cargo. This status shows that our air cargo is safe and reliable, and that it does not have to undergo an extensive screening anymore, because we have already carried out some of the necessary inspections ourselves. Therefore you do not have to worry about the safety of the air cargo and the risk of delays is minimised. Thus, there are only advantages.
In 2015, we were the first company in the flower bulb sector to receive a phytosanitary export certificate for flower bulbs via the Chain Register out of the CLIENT Export system of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Dutch: Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit; NVWA). This was a milestone in the flower bulb export business! A large part of the export process is digitalised through this system, and therefore it takes less time to issue a phytosanitary certificate for your bulbs.
Each flower bulb crop has a kind of plant passport that contains phytosanitary information about the flower bulbs, such as to which countries the bulbs can be exported. For example, Japan has different requirements for the import of flower bulbs than China or Russia. This phytosanitary information is put in the cultivation register and can be transferred to the Chain Register by the grower and the exporter. The results of inspections by the Flower Bulb Inspection Service (Dutch: Bloembollenkeuringsdienst; BKD) are also put in the Chain Register.
After all of the necessary information has been processed in the Chain Register, we can request a phytosanitary export certificate from the NVWA via the CLIENT Export system. This is a fully digital process and a lot faster than before. Therefore, it is a real improvement.
We are proud to have reached this milestone, and are glad that we can assure you of the origin and phytosanitary status of the delivered lot.
We are aware of our role as a producer and employer and the influence of this on our environment. That is why we have created an objective to minimalise the pollution of our environment, and why we have joined a project called ‘Milieu Project Sierteelt’ (MPS), which translates as 'floriculture environment programme'. MPS is an international environment standard that strives to make companies minimalise their impact on the environment. MPS is not only concerned with the environment, but also with safety, health, and good working conditions. If a company is awarded with an MPS quality certificate, it demonstrates that the company grows quality products in a safe way under good working conditions.
We have been a proud owner of an MPS-A certificate since 2003, which is the highest attainable MPS certificate. Therefore you can be sure that we will do everything to reduce our environmental impact. For example, we only use pesticides that are not harmful to the environment and are certified by MPS.