Product regulations and specifications

To promote the smooth and transparent trade in horticultural products between the different links in the chain, we need clear information. That is why we classify horticultural products according to important characteristics like quality, grading (by size), maturity, packaging, pre-treatment and loading.

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To promote the smooth and transparent trade in horticultural products between the different links in the chain, we need clear information. That is why we classify horticultural products according to important characteristics like quality, grading (by size), maturity, packaging, pre-treatment and loading.

The VBN (Association of Flower Auctions in The Netherlands) has prepared general specifications for all product groups.

Along with these general specifications, you'll find more detailed product specifications and product codes on the VBN site. These specifications ensure not only clarity in commercial transactions but also quality control.

Additional specifications

In some cases additional specifications apply, for example plant thickness or maturity. The VBN has set out these additional specifications in the VBN purchasing specifications. They apply to cut flowers and to potted and garden plants. Sometimes, different locations have other additional specifications.