On-going repairs to the main road and only entrance and exit point to Durban container terminal that was damaged due to flooding. Phase 1 was to have 2 lanes open on Tuesday and Phase 2 is to have 4 lanes open by the end of April.

The market remains stable with no significant change in sales, and this is normal during Ramadan. However, the sales rate should start picking up again next week with pre-Eid sales. Eid will be celebrated on 01-02 May 2022.

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Packing in the Northern areas has picked up again after growers decided to slow down on packing last week, due to the floods in Durban. Fortunately, the severe weather conditions did not impact the citrus industry too much as the main export season will only pick up towards the end of April.

The packing of the first Nova Soft citrus up North will start next week (week 17).

By the end of week 15, there was a decrease of 14% in lemons shipped to the Middle East compared to the same period last season.

Market update on Citrus from South Africa

The GCC countries are supplied with Lemons from Turkey and South Africa.

The market is currently supplied with Mandarins from Morocco and Spain. However, a limited volume of soft citrus from Spain is expected due to the heavy rains experienced during the month of March causing damage and significant loss to the crop.  The Valencia crop has also been affected.

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)


Limited availability of RGL and Gala apples available for the Middle East market and this is contributed to a higher volume being packed for European programs and other apple varieties that have started and been packed. 

In addition to the high price levels in Chile for Royal Gala apples due to the high freight rates, limited volume is being packed due to other varieties that are being packed such as Fuji, Pink lady, Cripps Pink, and Granny Smith apples.

Market update

Continued market pressure on pears in general.

Local stone fruits from Jordan, Libya, and Lebanon will be available in the market from May through to July at low price levels and this will be preferred by consumers during the summer months and the demand for pears will decrease. However, In Saudi Arabia, the demand will pick up pre-Hajj sales in June, and limited availability at the end of the pear season from South Africa at the end of June. Limited volumes thereafter for CA /stored pears going forward.

Continued high demand for Royal Gala apples with limited supply from South Africa and Chile as other varieties of apples are also being packed.

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)

Grape, Stone & Kiwi Fruit

Update on Kiwi Fruit and a market update in the GCC countries

Chile has started packing and there should be some shipments to the Middle East in week 16 but limited volume until packing starts to pick up in the next few weeks.

Shipments to Europe are also delayed out of Chile as Europe still has its own supply of Kiwi fruit. 

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)

India / Bangladesh


Cheeky pears from SA are selling cheaply and are bringing the whole pear market down. First Vermont is on its way to India. Apple market is stable and volumes are moving. Covid cases are increasing and this is causing a slowdown in sales of grapes and plums.


RGA/Gala prices have picked up slightly as volumes will decrease from SA with the 4 short weeks of packing that are happening now. Golden prices are still a disaster with much more volumes shipped from SA. Forelle pear demand is increasing.

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