The market is not optimistic about taking the early Turkey variety valencias from South Africa, while there is still a lot of Egyptian valencias in the market. There are also a lot of Egyptian grapes arriving in the market and the red globe variety will start arriving in the market from next week.

Market trends and sales for most commodities are low, however market prices are still holding for apples.

1.00 USD = 3.67 AED (Emirate Dirham)
1.00 USD = 3.75 SAD (Saudi Riyals)
1.00 USD = 92.88 BDT (Bangladeshi Taka)
1.00 USD = 78.28 INR (Indian Rupees)
1.00 USD = 15.87 ZAR (South African Rand)


The European Union will implement stricter import regulations for South African oranges to limit the entry of the False Codling Moth (FMC) pest.

The South African citrus industry have opposed the new rules, saying that this can lead to gaps in the supply chain and higher prices for EU consumers. 

Most growers have started packing Valencia oranges up North, whereas Western Cape and Eastern growers have started/will start packing Navelate varieties soon. Soft Citrus packing of Nadorcott/Tango varieties will start next week.

Italian citrus fruit could be affected by the heat and drought this season. This may accelerate the “fruit drop” that is usually between late June and early July.

Market update

Continued downward trend in sales and low prices for Star Ruby from South Africa even though volumes shipped from South Africa to the Middle East is -16% down compared to last season.

Market trends show a decrease in price levels on all citrus fruits from South Africa even though far less citrus has been shipped YTD to the Middle East compared to last season. There has been a decrease of -50% in oranges, -19% in lemons, and -12% of Soft Citrus shipped YTD from South Africa to the Middle East. Consumers have less buying power due to rising costs and inflation and will therefore switch between fruit types based on price.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)


Combined apple shipments from both Chile and South Africa to the Middle East are down by -10% compared to the same time last season, however, there has been a 13% increase in pears exported to the Middle East from South Africa compared to the same period last season.  The volume of Forelle/Vermont Beaut pears from South Africa have already started to decline.

Market update

Continued upward trend on both demand and price levels for apples in the GCC countries due to the shortage on apples from Chile and South Africa, however there is still some apples available in the market from the Northern Hemisphere..

The market on pears should start to pick up pre-Hajj sales.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone & Kiwi Fruit

Update on Kiwi Fruit and a market update in the GCC countries

Kiwi fruit from Chile is -2% down to the Middle East compared to the same period last season. In general, Saudi Arabia is anticipating an increase for all Kiwi fruit pre-hajj sales.

Update on Cherries

The new harvest of cherries from the UK is to start at the end of June and continue until mid-end of August. Varieties will be Kordia during July and the Regina variety will only be available from late July until mid August.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

India / Bangladesh


Eventually, the prices of Packhams and Vermonts have started to lift in the market. Volumes of pears shipped from SA are also declining drastically. Hopefully, the stock build-up in  India starts to clear out in the next two weeks.


Apples are starting to move again and prices have increased slightly. Importers still selling at below cost. The BDT decreased in value by 10%  yesterday. This will also have a big effect on the pricing in the market.

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