Annual Hajj pilgrimage, in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia will take place from 26 June – 01 July and attract millions of Muslims around the world. Eid Al-Adha will be celebrated from 28 June – 01 July.

Overall increase in demand and sales in Saudi Arabia during Hajj and on most commodities.

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Citrus fruit – South Africa

The floods in the Western Cape caused a two-week harvesting delay in Citrus.

Citrusdal, one of South Africa’s major citrus producing areas was affected by the floods over a ten day period in the Western Cape, destroying the main entrance of the town’s road and orchards were flooded.

This has resulted in a shortage of oranges and late mandarins for export, as well as for the local market. Fortunately, the packing of late mandarins is currently being packed in the Northern areas of the country.

With Spain finishing earlier this season, it has left an empty market around the globe for navels, and a high demand from South Africa.

The packing of Midknight Valencia types is expected to start the last week of June in the Northern areas, and volumes are expected to pick up by mid-July.

In general

Uruguay is facing some challenges with their citrus supply this season due to the drought, and harvest is delayed. Estimates indicate that Lemons and Mandarin volumes are expected to be down this season, while there is expected to be a slight increase in Orange volumes.

In Peru, the impact of weather conditions can influence Mandarin exports this season.

Market update

Sharp increase in demand with high price levels for South African navels and Valencias due to limited availability. There is a decrease of 50% on orange volumes shipped from South Africa to the Middle East, compared to the same period last season.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)


Pome fruit

Middle East: decrease of 3% on apples and 10% on pear volumes shipped from South Africa to the Middle East, and combined apple volumes from South Africa and Chile to the Middle East are also down by 7% compared to the same period last season.

South Africa will end in the next 1-2 weeks on Royal Gala apples. This will create a shortage around the globe. Serbia is expected to be 2 weeks later this season and will only start harvesting sometime in August. 

Market update

Increase in demand for both apples and pears with limited availability.

There will be a gap in the Middle East market for Royal Gala apples for at least one month with the end of the South African season, and until the new season harvest starts for Serbian apples.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone, Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit

No report.

Market update

No report.

India / Bangladesh


The SA RGA packing will come to an end within the next two weeks. This will leave a big gap in the market until the Northern Hemisphere starts which is two weeks late this season. The market prices have started to pick up nicely as reality sets in that there will be less pears and Apples from SA in the late part of the season.


No market feedback due to customers celebrating Eid Al-Adha Mubarak (Hajj).

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