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Seeds: Imports

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many lots of seeds for (a) maize and sweetcorn, (b) winter oilseed rape, (c) spring oilseed rape, (d) sugar beet, (e) fodder beet, (f) beetroot and (g) winter brassicas were imported into the UK in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006; and what the (A) weight and (B) country of origin of the seeds was in each year. (133933)

The following table gives the volume of seeds imported to the UK by country of despatch in 2005 and 2006 for the seed types recorded in the official overseas trade statistics. Note, some of the seed types requested are not separately available.

The statistics are provided by country of despatch rather than country of origin. Details of country of origin are not available for the vast majority of imported seeds.

The data are subject to a degree of statistical error. The overall level of errors is low, but these errors have a much greater proportional effect on countries with small values or volumes of trade. Therefore, care is needed when interpreting the data.

Tonnes

Description/country

2005

2006

Maize seed for sowing excl. sweetcorn

Irish Republic

13,054

4,345

France

5,813

3,162

Netherlands

1,817

1,784

Germany

731

1,660

Italy

306

Austria

72

39

Pakistan

8

14

Spain

12

7

Belgium

16

USA

3

2

Dubai

3

Colombia

3

Australia

2

Sweden

1

New Zealand

0

Portugal

0

0

Denmark

0

Low erucic acid rape or colza seeds for sowing

France

196

471

Germany

350

40

Denmark

0

15

Netherlands

4

4

Sweden

6

Irish Republic

1

1

Austria

0

New Zealand

0

Other rape seed o/t low erucic acid rape

France

3,453

18,172

Irish Republic

3,039

3,604

Belgium

22

3,423

Netherlands

0

2,104

Germany

4

109

Egypt

61

New Zealand

2

Sugar beet seed of a kind used for sowing

Italy

457

Germany

27

86

Belgium

9

91

France

65

31

Poland

2

57

Irish Republic

6

18

Denmark

5

Netherlands

3

Sweden

0

Salad beet seed or fodder beet root seed

Netherlands

24

22

USA

34

0

Australia

3

3

Italy

0

Germany

0

Beet seed other than sugar beet seed

Germany

71

32

France

3

4

Denmark

1

Netherlands

0

0

Italy

0

0

Portugal

0

Belgium

0

Other vegetable seeds of a kind used for sowing

Netherlands

808

3,961

Germany

270

221

France

66

301

USA

103

108

Austria

67

67

Italy

61

51

India

39

39

Canada

46

4

New Zealand

4

44

Chile

30

0

Egypt

19

12

Czech Republic

24

Denmark

8

8

Irish Republic

8

7

Japan

9

5

Spain

6

5

Australia

9

3

Lebanon

10

Israel

4

4

Portugal

6

Brazil

4

China

1

3

Sweden

1

2

Taiwan

1

1

South Africa

0

2

Singapore

2

Belgium

2

0

South Korea

0

1

Ghana

1

Thailand

1

0

Hong Kong

1

Lithuania

0

Ukraine

0

Switzerland

0

0

Jordan

0

0

Greece

0

Argentina

0

Poland

0

0

Hungary

0

0

Uganda

0

Cyprus

0

0 = quantity less than half the unit shown

‘—’ = nil values

Note:

2006 data are subject to amendments

Source:

HM Revenue and Customs

Data prepared by Trade statistics, Agricultural Statistics and Analysis Division, DEFRA