The Middle East market remains under pressure on lemons due to the oversupply on volume from South Africa.

Positive market trend for navels and soft citrus due to Morocco and Spain finishing earlier than anticipated.

Sluggish market on apples and pears due to a higher consumption of summer fruits.

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Citrus fruit – South Africa

On going rain in many of the citrus regions has hampered packing and affected volumes.

The Eastern and Western Cape is at their peak week of packing Nova and Satsuma varieties of soft Citrus. The Eastern Cape is expected to finish packing Novas in week 23/24 (mid-June) compared to week 26/27 in the 2023 season, therefore 3-4 weeks earlier. 

More lemons have been packed this year, compared to last year because of the strike in Sundays River Valley.  The strike last year impacted volumes in the Eastern Cape.

Market update

The Middle East market continues to be under pressure due to the oversupply of lemons from South Africa. Sales are very slow with low price levels. Due to current market conditions, any lemons with quality issues are being rejected. The market will only accept good quality class 1 lemons.

The market has been good on soft citrus and navels. This can be contributed to Morocco finishing with soft citrus and Navels from Spain sooner than anticipated.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)


Middle East: decrease of 7% on pear volumes shipped from South Africa, however combined apple volumes from South Africa and Chile are up by 1% compared to the same period last season.

Total 2023 apple exports from South Africa are estimated to decrease by 11% and pears by 20% compared to the 2022 season.

Market update

The market trend remains the same with a low consumption on apples and pears due to a higher demand/consumption for other summer fruits such as watermelon, sweet melon, grapes, peaches, nectarines, apricots, and Papayas.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone, Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit

No report

Market update

No report.

India / Bangladesh


Pear volumes shipped to India have basically stopped as demand from all markets increase due to less availability. Markets are now sitting up and taking notice of the lessor volumes that SA will have on apples and pears. With all the bins now being picked it appears that SA apple and pear volumes across the board will be down by 20% or more. The apple and pear shipments will also come to an end earlier than other seasons due to this.


Demand for orange has started of a low base.

Golden Delicious Apple demand is increasing due to less volume shipped.

SA Statistics

Decofrut Statistics

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