Over the next few years, there will be a massive increase in citrus production from Southern Africa.  By 2025 there is the probability that South Africa can produce and export 190 million 15kg equivalent cartons.

Given the current shortage of equipment and space constraints from all shipping lines and the huge global demand for reefer containers, the future increase in citrus volumes from South Africa poses huge logistical challenges.

Market sales in the GCC countries remain slow and with low demand for most commodities with the exception of apples and kiwi fruit having high demand and reaching high price levels. The market is only expected to start picking up from the 10th of July for pre-Hajj/Eid-al-Adha celebrations to be held from 17-22 July 2021.

1.00 USD = 3.67 AED (Emirate Dirham)
1.00 USD = 3.75 SAD (Saudi Riyals)
1.00 USD = 84.81 BDT (Bangladeshi Taka)
1.00 USD = 73.93 INR (Indian Rupees)
1.00 USD = 14.18 ZAR (South African Rand)


Citrus – South Africa

Current Valencia varieties being packed include Turkey, Midknight and Bennies that will start soon.

Cambria Late Navel oranges will start in week 25 from the Northern areas in South Africa, whereas Eastern and Western areas will only start picking/packing Cambria in week 30.

Lemon pricing seems to have gone up from the lowest levels due to increased demand and good pricing out of Europe.

Currently, soft citrus Mandarins seem to be peaking on smaller sizes (count 2 and 3), but the quality is very good this season. Overall, there is a small percentage of class 2 fruit. Northern areas have started picking and packing Nadorcott.

Shipped YTD from South Africa

Lemons to the Middle East – a decrease of 20% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Grapefruit to the Middle East – an increase of 9% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season. 

Soft Citrus to the Middle East – an increase of 19% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Oranges to the Middle East – an increase of 6% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Market update: Due to the high volume of good coloured Egyptian Valencias in the market and at low price levels, the GCC countries will only start taking valencias from South Africa at the beginning of July (limited volume) and will start increasing volumes from mid-July due to Egypt still packing until the end of June. South Africa will not be able to compete with Egyptian Valencias in the market at these low price levels.

Although there is still market pressure for lemons in the GCC countries, there seems to be a slight increase in price levels in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. This can be as a result of fewer volumes being shipped recently.

Dubai is also re-exporting lemons and Navels to Jeddah.

Market Prices

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 23Selling Prices week 24
Egypt Navels (7kg)$4.48 (Kuwait)$3.65 (Kuwait)
Egypt Navels (15kg)$11.96 (Kuwait)$10.30 (Kuwait)
RSA Navels (15kg)$13.63 (Kuwait)$12.79 (Kuwait)
RSA Navels (15kg) cnt 72/88 $10.13 – $14.67 (Jeddah)
RSA Navels (15kg)$12.26 – $13.08 (Dubai)$12.25 – $13.08 (Dubai)
TurkeyLemons (10kg) $4.31 (Kuwait)
RSALemons (15kg)$8.47 (Kuwait)$9.30 (Kuwait)
RSALemons (15kg)$8.17 – $11.00 (Dubai)$8.72 – $11.00 (Dubai)
RSALemons (15kg) cnt 138/162/189$9.07 – $9.87 (Jeddah)$10.13 – $12.00 (Jeddah)
LebanonValencias (5kg)$2.49 (Kuwait)$2.16 (Kuwait)
EgyptValencias (7.5kg)$2.99 (Kuwait)$2.99 (Kuwait)
EgyptValencias (15kg) cnt 72-100$7.47 – $9.87 (Jeddah)$7.47 – $9.33 (Jeddah)
EgyptValencias (15kg)$8.17 (Dubai)$8.17 (Dubai)
EgyptValencias (15kg)$6.98 (Kuwait)$6.14 (Kuwait)
EgyptSoft Citrus (8kg) – Nova$3.82 (Kuwait)$3.82 (Kuwait)
PakistanSoft Citrus (10kg)$6.14 (Kuwait)$5.31 (Kuwait)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Clementine$10.90 – $11.40 (Dubai)$10.90 – $11.40 (Dubai)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Nova$11.40 – $12.80 (Dubai)$11.40 – $12.81 (Dubai)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Nova$13.33 – $14.67 (Jeddah)$13.33 – $14.67 (Jeddah)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg)$13.63 (Kuwait)$11.96 (Kuwait)
RSAGrapefruit (15kg)$13.63 (Kuwait)$13.63 (Kuwait)
RSAGrapefruit (15kg)$8.17 – $11.00 (Dubai)$7.63 – $11.00 (Dubai)


Forelle Pears are down by 17% due to very little blush on the pears.

Shipped YTD

Apples from Chile to the Middle East – a decrease of 36% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Apples from RSA to the Middle East – an increase of 13% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Pears from RSA to the Middle East – it seems as if the cumulative volumes to date are the same as the 2020 season.

Market update: The Middle East market continues to be stable and strong for apples. We are seeing a high demand for apples with high price levels. Last apples from South Africa and Chile to make arrival before the 1st of September when the new apple season from the Northern Hemisphere will start.

The market price levels have dropped for Forelle/Vermont pears from South Africa but is expected to pick up from the 10th July for pre-Hajj/Eid-al-Adha celebrations.

Market Prices

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 23Selling Prices week 24
ItalyGranny Smith (18kg)$26.93 (Kuwait)$25.26 (Kuwait)
SerbiaGranny Smith (18kg)$26.93 (Kuwait)$26.93 (Kuwait)
RSAGranny Smith (18kg)$25.26 (Kuwait)$22.77 (Kuwait)
Italy / FranceGranny Smith (18kg)$25.55 – $25.80 (Dubai)$25.55 – $25.80 (Dubai)
ItalyGranny Smith (18kg) cnt 100/113/125$22.67 – $24.00 (Jeddah)$22.67 – $24.00 (Jeddah)
FranceGranny Smith (18kg)$26.93 (Kuwait)$26.93 (Kuwait)
RSAGranny Smith (18kg)$17.71 – $19.07 (Dubai)$17.71 – $19.07 (Dubai)
USAGranny Smith (18kg) $25.26 (Kuwait)
FranceGolden Delicious (18kg)$25.26 (Kuwait)$23.60 (Kuwait)
ItalyGolden Delicious (18kg) $25.26 (Kuwait)
Italy / FranceGolden Delicious (18kg)$24.45 – $24.70 (Dubai)$24.45 – $24.70 (Dubai)
USARed Delicious – PR (18kg)  cnt 100-113$28.00 (Jeddah)$26.67 (Jeddah)
USARed Delicious – XF (18kg)  cnt 100-113$24.53 – $25.33 (Jeddah)$25.07 – $25.33 (Jeddah)
ChinaFuji (18kg)$18.61 (Kuwait)$16.95 (Kuwait)
RSARoyal Gala – Econo packs (12kg)  cnt 120- 135$16.85 – $17.00 (Dubai)$15.00 – $15.25 (Dubai)
RSARoyal Gala (12kg) $11.96 (Kuwait)
FranceRoyal Gala (18kg)$26.93 (Kuwait)$26.26 (Kuwait)
SerbiaRoyal Gala (18kg) $23.60 (Kuwait)
ChileRoyal Gala (18kg)$26.09 (Kuwait)$25.26 (Kuwait)
ItalyRoyal Gala (18kg)$26.09 (Kuwait)$23.60 (Kuwait)
RSARoyal Gala (18kg)$25.26 (Kuwait)$23.77 (Kuwait)
RSARoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 120 – 135$26.70 – $27.45 (Dubai)$26.70 – $27.45 (Dubai)
RSARoyal Beaut (18kg)  cnt 120-135$31.00 – $31.25 (Dubai)$31.25 – $31.50 (Dubai)
RSARoyal Gala (18kg)  cnt 135$21.87  – $22.67 (Jeddah)$21.87  – $22.67 (Jeddah)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg) PR cnt 110-120$28.55 – $32.85 (Dubai)$31.50 – $32.85 (Dubai)
BrazilRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 113-125$23.65 – $23.85 (Dubai)$23.65 – $23.85 (Dubai)
ChileRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 125 – 138$25.55 – $25.80 (Dubai)$25.55 – $25.80 (Dubai)
ChileRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100-150$24.00  – $26.13 (Jeddah)$24.00  – $26.67 (Jeddah)
SpainPears (8kg) $12.79 (Kuwait)
RSAForelle Pears (12kg) $13.63 (Kuwait)$13.63 (Kuwait)
RSAForelle Pears (12kg) $10.90 – $14.25 (Dubai)$10.90 – $13.75 (Dubai)
RSAForelle Pears (12kg) cnt 90/96/112/120$13.33 – $15.20 (Jeddah)$13.33 – $14.67 (Jeddah)
RSAVermont Pears (12kg) cnt 90/96/112/120$11.47 – $13.33 (Jeddah)$11.47 – $12.80 (Jeddah)
RSAVermont Pears (12kg)$11.96 (Kuwait)$11.13 (Kuwait)
RSAVermont Pears (12kg)$9.54 – $11.65 (Dubai)$9.54 – $11.25 (Dubai)
ArgentinaDanjo Pears cnt 50/55/60 $12.00 (Jeddah)

Grape, Stone & Kiwi Fruit

Stone fruit

The situation on plums has not changed in the GCC countries with continued market pressure and decline in price levels week on week due to the oversupply in the market.

There have also been some shipping delays on Chilean plums and this has negatively impacted the arrival of these plums in an oversupplied market.

Kiwi fruit

Kiwi fruit volumes shipped from Chile to the Middle East remain low at 34% less on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

There is a high demand and continued high price levels for Kiwi fruit in the GCC countries with limited supply. This may be due to the kiwi fruit’s high vitamin C content presumably assisting in improving the immune systems to combat the Covid19 virus and a reduced global supply. Italy is at the end of its Kiwi fruit season.

Market Prices

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 23Selling Prices week 24
New ZealandGold Kiwi (3kg)$21.75 (Dubai)$21.75 (Dubai)
ChileHayward Kiwi (10kg)$30.00 (Dubai)$31.25 (Dubai)
RSAPlums (5kg)$9.47 (Kuwait)$6.98 (Kuwait)
RSAPlums (8kg)$15.29 (Kuwait)$16.95 (Kuwait)
ChilePlums$4.09 (Dubai)$2.72 – $3.27 (Dubai)
ChilePlums Angelino (9kg)$5.33- $6.67 (Jeddah)$5.33- $6.67 (Jeddah)
EgyptWhite Seedless (4.5kg)$8.70- $9.00 (Dubai)$10.00- $10.25 (Dubai)
ChileRed Globe (8.2kg)$17.33 – $17.87 (Jeddah)$18.13 – $18.67 (Jeddah)
ChileRed Globe (4.5kg)$15.00- $15.25 (Dubai)$14.40- $14.65 (Dubai)
PeruPomegrantes (3.8kg)$11.00- $11.25 (Dubai)$11.00- $11.25 (Dubai)

India / Bangladesh


Importers are losing $3 to $4 on all Egyptian Valencias sales. South Africa is shipping unprecedented volumes of Soft Citrus to India this season which could cause prices to collapse. The citrus market was very good last season and now there are many more importers in the market causing selling prices to be low and below cost. Plums and grapes still struggling. Apples still performing well.


Movement seems to be picking up in the market currently with an increase in the sales tempo.

This is met with a minuscule – yet much needed – increment in pricing on apples, although bigger improvements are required to bring margins out of the red. The duty increase on oranges is still causing great concern with ever-spiraling costs being even further exacerbated throughout the logistics chain.

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