Higher volumes of citrus has been shipped from South Africa to the Middle East market. The market remains under pressure for lemons, however current indications show positive market trends in sales for soft citrus and navels.

Sluggish market on apples and pears, however the market is expected to pick up due to the shortage of volume from South Africa on both Royal Gala apples and pears.

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Citrus fruit – South Africa

The packing of Navels was initially slow due to the high rain fall in the Northern areas, however volumes on Navels started to pick up into mid-May. During this week, rain in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape has hampered packing and affected volumes.

Growers are expecting sizing to be bigger this season compared to last season, peaking between count 64/72.

The harvest and packing of the first Turkey Valencias have started up in the Northern areas and volumes are expected to pick up in week 24 (mid-June).Valencia sizing is expected to be bigger this season.

In General

Lemon and Soft citrus volumes from South Africa are expected to increase over the next 5 years, while Navel and Grapefruit volumes are expected to decrease. Valencias are expected to continue with normal growth.

Market update

Egyptian Valencias is expected to be in the market for the next one to two months, however the quality of the fruit is not very good. South Africa’s early Turkey Valencias will compete in the market with the Egyptian Valencias selling at low price levels. However, there is still a demand for South African navels.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)


Middle East: decrease of 9% on pear volumes shipped from South Africa. Volumes are decreasing week on week.

Royal Gala apples are at the tail-end of the season in South Africa and expected to finish by the beginning of July.

In General

New Zealand’s apple production and exports are expected to fall to the lowest levels in 2023 since 2009-2010 due to crop damage from cyclone Gabrielle.

Market update

The market prices remain stable on apples even though consumption is lower, however a slight increase in price levels for pears in Saudi Arabia.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone, Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit

High price levels in Dubai for Kiwi fruit from Chile with limited availability, and currently not competing with Kiwi fruit from Iran at lower price levels.

Market update

No report.

India / Bangladesh


Imported fruit sales have slowed down due to the monsoon season being late and most consumers buying local fruits like Mangoes etc. Pear volumes shipped from SA are reducing each week which should help prices to increase.


Importers are still losing $7-$10 per carton on Royal Gala apples. They are hoping to make this up during the later part of the season. This is mainly due to 40% more Royal Gala being shipped to Bangladesh.

SA Statistics

Decofrut Statistics

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