Ukraine War Affects Taitung Seedling Farm 戰火影響 台東種苗場花卉銷俄.烏頻遭退

A seedling farm in Taitung has become a victim of Ukrain -Russia war. It sells improved varieties of flowers to more than 100 countries, with shipments sent to Ukraine and Russia having been frequently returned.


Taitung farmer Tang Chi-hsiang explained to customers that various colors of amaryllis and hibiscus have been developed. Different colors of amaryllis developed by his seedling farm are very popular in Eastern European countries. Tang said that such flowers cannot grow in the climate of Eastern European countries, so they bought a lot of flowers from Taiwan. However, shipping has been affected in recent months due to the war. Not only can't seedlings be exported, but even seeds sent to Ukraine and Russia by international mail are also successively returned. Some Russian and Ukrainian buyers have canceled their orders directly online, which has affected the seedling farm's income.

Li Wen-hsiung, Deputy Manager, Taitung Post Office: “We have suspended international airmail service to Ukraine since February 25. And starting March 2, we will suspend international mail service to Russia.”

Tang Chi-hsiang, Farmer, Flower Seedling Farm: “In fact, our Russian and Ukrainian customers together account for about 30 percent of our business. Every single one of them buys an average of NT$10,000 to NT$20,000 per order. Now if two or three of our customers don't buy, it greatly impacts us each month.”

Tang said that Russia accounts for more than 20 percent of his annual sales, while Ukraine is less than 10 percent. Total annual sales are about NT$600,000 to NT$700,000. Tang has also seen financial losses in the past two years due to shipping being affected by the pandemic. Now, losses have expanded as the Russia-Ukraine war has been going on for a month. He did not expect that he would become an indirect victim of the war, living as far away as Taitung. He only hopes the war will end soon. 

 

 

 

研發出各種顏色的孤挺花和扶桑花,花卉種苗場台東青年湯棋翔向客戶說明,種苗場研發出來的各種顏色的孤挺花,深受東歐國家的喜愛。

湯棋翔表示,東歐氣候無法種植這些花朵,所以大量向台灣購買,不過近1個月來受俄烏戰爭影響,航運受阻,不但種苗運不出去,就連使用國際郵件,將種子寄到烏克蘭和俄羅斯,也陸續被退回。也有部分俄羅斯和烏克蘭的買家,直接在網路上要求取消訂單,種苗場的收入受到影響。

台東郵局副理李文雄表示:「我們出口到烏克蘭的郵件,從2月25日開始就暫停出口國際航空郵件,那俄羅斯方面是從3月2日開始,暫停出口到那邊的國際郵件。」

湯棋翔說明:「其實俄羅斯的客人跟烏克蘭的客人,加起來可能佔3成左右,那他們每個客人每一單,幾乎都買1萬塊到2萬塊,那其實2、3個客人不買,每個月影響就很大了。」

湯棋翔表示,俄羅斯佔年銷售比例逾2成,烏克蘭則不到1成,大約年營業額有6、70萬元。近2年受到疫情航運減班影響,已經有損失,現在俄烏戰爭又進行了1個月,損失擴大,沒想到遠在台東也成間接受害者,希望趕快結束戰爭。
 

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