Hajj is in 2 weeks (17 July – 22 July) and normally over this period, there is a high demand and increase in sales for all commodities as the market prepares for millions of Umrah Pilgrims into the country. Due to the Coronavirus, only 60 000 citizens and residents will be allowed to perform Hajj and Umrah. This is contributing towards the low demand for most commodities and slow market sales in addition to citizens/residents being allowed to leave the country for the first time in over a year due to the coronavirus.  Many residents/citizens are taking the opportunity to go on vacation outside of the country.  

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 = 74.56 INR (Indian Rupees)
1.00 USD = 14.33 ZAR (South African Rand)


Citrus – South Africa

Valencia’s colour development was very good, due to the season start being delayed. Current Valencia varieties being packed include Turkey, Midknight, and Bennies. Most growers seem to be peaking on count 72/88.

Currently, in the Northern areas of South Africa, Cambria Late Navels seem to be peaking on bigger sizes (count 48/56/64), but the Eastern areas predict their sizing will be smaller (count 88/105) and they will start picking/packing Cambria in week 28/29. Currently, the Western areas of South Africa are struggling to pick Navels due to recent rainy weather, meaning Navelate picking will be delayed by a week.

The Northern areas have started picking and packing Nadorcott. Sizes seem to be between count 1XX-2.

Shipped YTD from South Africa

Lemons to the Middle East – a decrease of 21% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Grapefruit to the Middle East – an increase of 10% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season. 

Soft Citrus to the Middle East – an increase of 41% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Oranges to the Middle East – an increase of 5% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Market update: Due to the high volume of 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 onwards. Egypt is still packing for another 20 days.

Mandarins – Peru

In Peru, it is estimated that in July, mandarin exports could reach over 62 000 metric tons and a growth of 31% in volume and 35% in value year-on-year.  Peru is currently in its late mandarin season and the season is expected to end in September/October. Late mandarin varieties include Murcott’s, Nadorcott’s, and Malvaceo.

Market Prices

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 25Selling Prices week 26
Egypt Navels (7kg)$3.82 (Kuwait)$3.82 (Kuwait)
Egypt Navels (15kg)$8.46 (Kuwait)$8.46 (Kuwait)
RSA Navels (15kg)$9.47 (Kuwait)$9.47 (Kuwait)
RSA Navels (15kg) cnt 72/88$10.13 – $14.67 (Jeddah)$10.13 – $13.87 (Jeddah)
RSA Navels / Navelate (15kg)$14.70 (Dubai)$10.90 – $13.60 (Dubai)
TurkeyLemons (10kg)$4.53 (Kuwait)$8.64 (Kuwait)
RSALemons (15kg)$9.51 (Kuwait)$11.13 (Kuwait)
RSALemons (15kg)$9.50 – $11.40 (Dubai)$8.72 – $13.60 (Dubai)
RSALemons (15kg) cnt 138/162/189$10.13 – $12.00 (Jeddah)$12.00 – $14.67 (Jeddah)
LebanonValencias (5kg)$2.32 (Kuwait)$2.16 (Kuwait)
EgyptValencias (7.5kg)$2.66 (Kuwait)$2.66 (Kuwait)
EgyptValencias (15kg) cnt 72-100$7.47 – $9.33 (Jeddah)$5.07 – $6.67 (Jeddah)
EgyptValencias (15kg)$8.17 (Dubai)$7.63 – $8.72 (Dubai)
EgyptValencias (15kg)$6.14 (Kuwait)$6.14 (Kuwait)
RSAValencias (15kg)$8.64 (Kuwait)$10.30 (Kuwait)
EgyptSoft Citrus (8kg) – Nova$3.32 (Kuwait)$3.82 (Kuwait)
AustraliaSoft Citrus (8kg)$25.26 (Kuwait)$23.60 (Kuwait)
PakistanSoft Citrus (10kg)$5.31 (Kuwait)$5.31 (Kuwait)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Clementine$11.40 (Dubai)$12.26 (Dubai)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Nova$11.40 (Dubai)$13.60 – $14.99 (Dubai)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Nova$13.33 – $14.67 (Jeddah)$12.53 – $13.87 (Jeddah)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg)$4.48 – $8.64 (Kuwait)$8.64 – $9.47 (Kuwait)
RSAGrapefruit (15kg)$13.63 (Kuwait)$13.63 (Kuwait)
RSAGrapefruit (15kg)$11.00 (Dubai)$9.54 – $11.00 (Dubai)


Overall, there are fewer blush pears available this season due to not big differences between day-and-night temperatures.

Shipped YTD

Apples from Chile to the Middle East – a decrease of 34% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Apples from RSA to the Middle East – an increase of 14% 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: Continued high demand for apples in the GCC countries with high price levels for Red apple varieties due to the limited supply available from the Southern Hemisphere.

The market price levels have dropped for Forelle/Vermont pears from South Africa but are expected to pick up from the 10th July for pre-Hajj/ Eid-Al-Adha celebrations and later shipments due to the limited availability of supply in later weeks.

Market Prices

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 25Selling Prices week 26
ItalyGranny Smith (18kg)$25.26 (Kuwait)$27.76 (Kuwait)
SerbiaGranny Smith (18kg)$25.26 (Kuwait)$26.93 (Kuwait)
ChileGranny Smith (18kg) $27.76 (Kuwait)
Italy / FranceGranny Smith (18kg)$25.55 – $25.80 (Dubai)$26.00 – $26.25 (Dubai)
ItalyGranny Smith (18kg) cnt 100/113/125$22.67 – $24.00 (Jeddah)$22.67 – $24.00 (Jeddah)
SpainGranny Smith (18kg)$25.26 (Kuwait)$27.76 (Kuwait)
RSAGranny Smith (18kg)$21.75 – $22.00 (Dubai)$21.75 – $25.89 (Dubai)
RSAGranny Smith (18kg) cnt 100/113/125$20.00 – $21.33 (Jeddah)$20.00 – $21.33 (Jeddah)
FranceGolden Delicious (18kg)$25.26 (Kuwait)$25.26 (Kuwait)
ItalyGolden Delicious (18kg)$25.26 (Kuwait)$25.26 (Kuwait)
Italy / FranceGolden Delicious (18kg)$24.45 – $24.70 (Dubai)$26.00 – $26.50 (Dubai)
USARed Delicious – PR (18kg)  cnt 100-113$26.67 (Jeddah)$26.67 (Jeddah)
USARed Delicious – XF (18kg)  cnt 100-113$25.07 – $25.33 (Jeddah)$25.07 – $25.33 (Jeddah)
USARed Delicious (18kg)$27.76 (Kuwait)$26.93 (Kuwait)
ChinaFuji (18kg)$18.61 (Kuwait)$18.61 (Kuwait)
RSARoyal Gala – Econo packs (12kg)  cnt 120- 135$13.60 – $13.85 (Dubai)$14.00 – $14.25 (Dubai)
RSARoyal Gala (12kg)$13.63 (Kuwait)$11.96 (Kuwait)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg)$26.93 (Kuwait)$28.59 (Kuwait)
USARoyal Gala (18kg)$26.93 (Kuwait)$26.93 (Kuwait)
ChileRoyal Gala (18kg)$26.93 (Kuwait)$26.93 (Kuwait)
SpainRoyal Gala (18kg) $25.26 (Kuwait)
RSARoyal Gala (18kg)$25.26 (Kuwait)$25.26 (Kuwait)
RSARoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 120 – 135$27.20 – $27.45 (Dubai)$26.71 – $27.45 (Dubai)
RSARoyal Beaut (18kg)  cnt 120-135$28.00 – $28.25 (Dubai)$28.00 – $28.25 (Dubai)
RSARoyal Gala (18kg)  cnt 135$21.87  – $22.67 (Jeddah)$24.53  – $24.80 (Jeddah)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg) PR cnt 110-135$31.50 – $32.85 (Dubai)$27.20 – $31.50 (Dubai)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg) XF cnt 110-120$28.55 – $28.80 (Dubai)$28.55 – $28.80 (Dubai)
BrazilRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 113-125$25.00 – $25.25 (Dubai)$25.00 – $25.25 (Dubai)
ChileRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 125 – 138$26.35 – $26.60 (Dubai)$26.35 – $26.60 (Dubai)
ChileRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100-150$24.00  – $26.67 (Jeddah)$24.53  – $27.47 (Jeddah)
TurkeyPears (4kg) $4.48 (Kuwait)
RSAForelle Pears (12kg) $13.63 (Kuwait)$13.63 (Kuwait)
RSAForelle Pears (12kg) $13.00 – $13.25 (Dubai)$14.99 (Dubai)
RSAForelle Pears (12kg) cnt 90/96/112/120$13.33 – $14.67 (Jeddah)$13.33 – $14.67 (Jeddah)
RSAVermont Pears (12kg) cnt 90/96/112/120$11.47 – $12.80 (Jeddah)$11.47 – $12.80 (Jeddah)
RSAVermont Pears (12kg)$11.96 (Kuwait)$11.96 (Kuwait)
RSAVermont Pears (12kg)$10.30 – $10.55 (Dubai)$12.26 (Dubai)

Grape, Stone & Kiwi Fruit

Stone fruit

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

Kiwi fruit

Kiwi fruit volumes shipped from Chile to the Middle East remain low at 30% less on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Continued high demand and high price levels for Kiwi fruit not only in the GCC countries but around the Globe. The increase is due to the high vitamin C levels found in Kiwi fruit and increased consumption amid the Covid 19 pandemic, low volumes in the Northern Hemisphere (the USA, Italy, Greece, and France) compared to previous seasons, low volumes in Chile as well as delays in the Chilean season. These are all factors contributing to the high demand/high price levels for Kiwi fruit.

Market Prices

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 25Selling Prices week 26
New ZealandGold Kiwi (3kg)$21.75 (Dubai)$24.00 (Dubai)
New ZealandHayward Kiwi (3.5kg)$20.65 (Dubai)$20.65 (Dubai)
ChileHayward Kiwi (2.7kg) $10.90 – $15.00 (Dubai)
ChileHayward Kiwi (10kg)$35.35 (Dubai)$35.00 (Dubai)
RSAPlums (5kg)$6.98 (Kuwait)$6.14 (Kuwait)
RSAPlums (8kg)$16.95 (Kuwait)$16.95 (Kuwait)
ChilePlums$2.72 – $3.27 (Dubai)$2.72 – $3.27 (Dubai)
EgyptWhite Seedless (4.5kg)$10.00- $10.25 (Dubai)$8.00- $8.25 (Dubai)
ChileRed Globe (8.2kg)$18.13 – $18.67 (Jeddah)$18.13 – $18.67 (Jeddah)
ChileRed Globe (8.2kg) $19.00- $19.25 (Dubai)
PeruPomegrantes (3.8kg)$11.00- $11.25 (Dubai)$11.00- $11.25 (Dubai)

India / Bangladesh


The local apple and pear crop is expected to start in two weeks’ time. This will put a little damper on the sale of importers’ apples and pears. Citrus sales are still atrocious and more fruit is arriving each week from Egypt. The first oranges from SA have also made an arrival and are selling at a loss of $5 plus per carton. All citrus is moving slowly and below cost. Still no market for plums and Grapes. The Covid cases have seemed to stabilise at 50 000 cases per day.


Yet another carrier has decided to suspend their service between South Africa and Bangladesh due to delays at trans-shipment ports and congestion outside Chittagong Port.

The UN Committee for Development Policy has recognised Bangladesh as an eligible candidate to graduate from an LDC to “Developing Country” status.  This conversion comes with extensive import tariff reviews and further rules and regulations to protect local industry.  This is however a long process and the country has been given 5 years for the transition should this go ahead.

Despite a small improvement in apple prices, margins are still in the red. Soft citrus is performing very badly in the current market.

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