Price levels have drastically fallen on both lemons and Star ruby grapefruit from South Africa and can be contribute to higher volumes exported from South Africa and the re-export of lemons from Dubai to Saudi Arabia at lower price levels.

There is however a higher demand for Royal Gala apples from South Africa, due to the shortage in coming weeks from South Africa and Chile, but price levels are currently stable.

Due to Spain ending with navels in the next 1-2 weeks, there is an opportunity for South African navels in the market, as there won’t be competition on navels from other countries. There will only be Egyptian Valencias in the market.

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Citrus fruit – South Africa

The harvest and packing of the first navels started last week in the northern areas but limited volumes, and the Western Cape will start packing next week but also limited volumes.

Middle East – There has been a decrease of 12% on navel volumes shipped from South Africa compared to the same period last season.

The packing of the first early soft citrus (Satsumas and Mandarins) started mid-April but very limited volumes.  However, volumes started picking up at the end of April (week 17) with increased shipments to the Middle East.

Market update

Over the past week, price levels have fallen drastically for South African Lemons and Star ruby grapefruit in the Middle East market. There has been an increase in lemon volumes re-exported from Dubai market to Saudi Arabia and a higher volume of lemons and Star Ruby grapefruit shipped from South Africa to the Middle East.

The first South African navels should perform well in the Middle East market with Spain’s volume being 32% down this season and expected to end in the next one to two weeks. Navels from Egypt is finished, and they are only packing Valencias.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)


Although there has been a higher volume of South African pears sent to the Middle East compared to the same period last season, volumes are down and the late CA stored Forelle winter pears will end earlier this season (end of September).

Lower volumes of CA Royal Gala from both South Africa and Chile with a high demand from Europe and the UK.

Market update

Price on apples remained stable for the most part in the Middle East market from week 17- 18. There is an increase in demand for apples due to the shortage from South Africa and Chile, although not much movement in price levels, as the market still has apples. This trend will change in coming weeks as supply becomes increasing less.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone, Kiwi Fruit

Grapes – Chile

No report.

Market update

The market is supplied with grapes from Chile, Peru, and India. Egypt will start with their first harvest in mid-May and Flame red seedless and Prime white seedless will be the first varieties packed.

Stone Fruit

No report.

Kiwi fruit

High prices for Chilean kiwi fruit due to a lower crop this season.

Due to this shortage, most volume is secured in programmes around the Globe and at high price levels.  

Market update

The Middle East market is currently supplied with Kiwi fruit from Iran and Greece.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

India / Bangladesh


The Apple market is still good and demand is high for Apples as less apples are shipped to India from Chile and the Northern Hemisphere has finished. Pear prices are under pressure with late poor quality summer pears from SA still making arrival due to shipping delays.


Between 4 to 6 May, Bangladesh celebrate Buddha Purnima and most business are closed during this period. Currently, the apple and orange market are struggling. But at least mandarin and pear sales are going well due to a high demand.

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