There is a high demand in the market for local fruits from Saudi, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. These include cherries, flat peaches, peaches, grapes, apricots, plums, and watermelons.

There is also a good demand in the GCC countries for Navels and Soft Citrus. More positive market trends for apples and pears as the demand is increasing due to less availability.

Riyadh market is one of the biggest markets in Saudi Arabia and is currently struggling due to increased rentals of between 50-100%.

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Citrus fruit – South Africa

There is a very high demand in Europe and USA for Navels at high price levels. The Middle East will therefore compete with these countries.

On going rain in the Western Cape has hampered packing and affected the navel volumes. In the Eastern Cape, priority has been given to finish the packing of soft citrus (Novas), before the picking and packing of Navels.

Middle East: Increase of 5% on navel volumes shipped from South Africa compared to last season.

Market update

Egyptian Valencias is expected to be out of the market by the beginning of July, due to a lower quality and the fruit won’t hold for a longer period. Most of the fruit will be sold during Hajj period between 26 June – 01 July. There should be a good market for the South African Valencias arriving in the market after the beginning of July.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)


Pome fruit

Middle East: increase of 3% on apples and 8% decrease on pear volumes shipped from South Africa to the Middle East, however combined apple volumes from South Africa and Chile to the Middle East are up by 1% compared to the same period last season.

Volumes on Royal Gala apples and pears are decreasing week on week.

In General

New season apples from Europe and Turkey will be two weeks later this season, and Turkey is expected to be 20% down on apples.

Market update

The market is showing positive trends with an increase in demand for both apples and pears due to less availability.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone, Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit

Slight decrease in price levels in Dubai for Kiwi fruit from Chile, however still holding at high prices levels with limited availability.

Market update

No report.

India / Bangladesh


The Northern hemisphere Apple season is expected to start 2 weeks later and the Southern Hemisphere will end the Royal gala Season in week 26/27. The Packham market is currently performing better than the Vermont Market. Demand for Oranges from SA is starting as Egypt quality is not holding up.


The Bangladeshi government has decided to increase their custom duties (currently 128% on the LC value) by $4.00 per carton for oranges and $5.00 per carton for apples, for their new financial budget of 2023-2024 (i.e., arrivals after 1 June 2023).

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