The Supreme Committee in Oman held a press conference yesterday and a decision was taken to enforce a complete closure/lockdown during the Eid period from 20-23rd July.  This is to protect the lives of the citizens due to the Covid-19 pandemic and to relieve the pressure on the medical staff. Market sales and price levels are expected to increase over the Eid period and this closure will have a negative impact on the market sales and price expectations.

Saudi Arabia has changed their import rules from the Gulf and this is to challenge the United Arab Emirates. Many trucks en-route from Dubai to Saudi Arabia carrying fruits and vegetables have been rejected at the border entering Saudi Arabia that does not comply with the new import rules. This can be contributed to the ongoing feud between the two countries oven an OPEC plan to extend a cap on oil production. The United Arab Emirates re-exports high volumes of fruit and vegetables to Saudi Arabia and this poses a major problem for the country if they are not able to comply with the new import rules imposed by Saudi Arabia.

Hajj is in one week (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 = 84.83 BDT (Bangladeshi Taka)
1.00 USD = 74.64 INR (Indian Rupees)
1.00 USD = 14.25 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 Midknight and Bennies. Most growers seem to be peaking on count 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 have started picking/packing Cambria.

The Northern areas are picking and packing Nadorcott. Sizes seem to be between count 1X-2.

The last Grapefruit is currently being packed in North-Eastern areas of South Africa and the season will end week 31/32.

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 13% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season. 

Soft Citrus to the Middle East – an increase of 42% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

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

Market update: Continued high volumes of Egyptian valencias in the market and at low price levels. The GCC countries have only started to take limited volumes of valencias from South Africa and will start increasing volumes from Mid-July onwards.  Egypt is still packing valencias but should be finished in about two weeks, however, high volumes are still being sent from Egypt to the GCC countries and the cold stores are full of Egyptian valencias.

Citrus – Spain: Spain is expecting a 25% increase in citrus this season compared to last season.

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 26Selling Prices week 27
Egypt Navels (7kg)$3.82 (Kuwait)$3.32 (Kuwait)
Egypt Navels (15kg)$8.46 (Kuwait)$6.98 (Kuwait)
RSA Navels (15kg)$9.47 (Kuwait)$10.30 (Kuwait)
RSA Navels (15kg) cnt 72$13.87 (Jeddah)$15.53 (Jeddah)
RSA Navels (15kg) cnt 88$12.03 (Jeddah)$11.20 (Jeddah)
RSA Navels (15kg) cnt 105$10.13 (Jeddah)$9.33 (Jeddah)
RSA Navels / Navelate (15kg) cnt 72 $11.44 (Dubai)
RSA Navels / Navelate (15kg) cnt 88 $11.90 (Dubai)
RSA Navels / Navelate (15kg) cnt 105 $10.08 (Dubai)
Australia Navels (18kg) $30.25 (Kuwait)
TurkeyLemons (10kg)$8.64 (Kuwait)$8.64 (Kuwait)
RSALemons (15kg)$11.13 (Kuwait)$11.13 (Kuwait)
RSALemons (15kg)$8.72 – $13.60 (Dubai)$8.72 – $13.62 (Dubai)
RSALemons (15kg) cnt 138/162/189$12.00 – $14.67 (Jeddah)$12.00 – $14.67 (Jeddah)
LebanonValencias (5kg)$2.16 (Kuwait)$2.16 (Kuwait)
EgyptValencias (7.5kg)$2.66 (Kuwait)$2.66 (Kuwait)
EgyptValencias (15kg) cnt 72$6.67 (Jeddah)$7.47 (Jeddah)
EgyptValencias (15kg) cnt 88$5.87 (Jeddah)$6.13 (Jeddah)
EgyptValencias (15kg) cnt 100$5.07 (Jeddah)$5.33 (Jeddah)
EgyptValencias (15kg)$7.63 – $8.72 (Dubai)$7.63 – $8.72 (Dubai)
EgyptValencias (15kg)$6.14 (Kuwait)$8.64 (Kuwait)
RSAValencias (15kg)$10.30 (Kuwait)$9.47 (Kuwait)
RSAValencias (15kg) $11.44 – $12.26 (Dubai)
EgyptSoft Citrus (8kg) – Nova$3.82 (Kuwait)$3.82 (Kuwait)
AustraliaSoft Citrus (8kg)$23.60 (Kuwait)$23.60 (Kuwait)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Nova$13.60 – $14.99 (Dubai)$11.71 – $13.60 (Dubai)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Nova cnt 1X$13.87 (Jeddah)$13.87 (Jeddah)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Nova cnt 1XX$13.33 (Jeddah)$13.33 (Jeddah)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Nova cnt 1/2/3$12.53 (Jeddah)$12.53 (Jeddah)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Nadorcott/Tango $14.17 – $14.99 (Dubai)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg)$8.64 – $9.47 (Kuwait)$10.30 (Kuwait)
RSAGrapefruit (15kg)$13.63 (Kuwait)$11.96 (Kuwait)
RSAGrapefruit (15kg)$9.54 – $11.00 (Dubai)$8.17 – $11.40 (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 15% 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 counties with high price levels for Red apple varieties due to the limited supply available from the Southern Hemisphere. Last apples from South Africa and Chile to make arrival before the  01st September when the new apple season from the Northern Hemisphere will start.

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

Market Prices

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 26Selling Prices week 27
ItalyGranny Smith (18kg)$27.76 (Kuwait)$26.09 (Kuwait)
SerbiaGranny Smith (18kg)$26.93 (Kuwait)$25.26 (Kuwait)
RSAGranny Smith (18kg) $25.26 (Kuwait)
FranceGranny Smith (18kg) $26.93 (Kuwait)
FranceGranny Smith (18kg)$26.00 – $26.25 (Dubai)$29.35 – $29.60 (Dubai)
ItalyGranny Smith (18kg) cnt 100/113/125$22.67 – $24.00 (Jeddah)$23.20 – $24.80 (Jeddah)
USAGranny Smith (18kg) $26.93 (Kuwait)
RSAGranny Smith (18kg)$21.75 – $25.89 (Dubai)$26.70 – $28.61 (Dubai)
RSAGranny Smith (18kg) cnt 100/113/125$20.00 – $21.33 (Jeddah)$20.00 – $21.33 (Jeddah)
FranceGolden Delicious (18kg)$25.26 (Kuwait)$23.60 (Kuwait)
ItalyGolden Delicious (18kg)$25.26 (Kuwait)$23.60 (Kuwait)
ChinaGolden Delicious (18kg) $22.44 (Kuwait)
Italy / FranceGolden Delicious (18kg)$24.45 – $24.70 (Dubai)$24.45 – $24.70 (Dubai)
USARed Delicious – PR (18kg)  cnt 100-113$26.67 (Jeddah)$29.33 (Jeddah)
USARed Delicious – XF (18kg)  cnt 100-113$25.07 – $25.33 (Jeddah)$26.67 – $27.47 (Jeddah)
USARed Delicious (18kg)$26.93 (Kuwait)$26.93 (Kuwait)
ChinaFuji (18kg)$18.61 (Kuwait)$15.29 (Kuwait)
RSARoyal Gala – Econo packs (12kg)  cnt 120- 135$14.00 – $14.25 (Dubai)$15.20 – $15.45 (Dubai)
RSARoyal Gala (12kg)$11.96 (Kuwait)$11.96 (Kuwait)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg)$28.59 (Kuwait)$27.76 (Kuwait)
USARoyal Gala (18kg)$26.93 (Kuwait)$26.93 (Kuwait)
ChileRoyal Gala (18kg)$26.93 (Kuwait)$26.93 (Kuwait)
SerbiaRoyal Gala (18kg) $24.43 (Kuwait)
ItalyRoyal Gala (18kg) $25.26 (Kuwait)
RSARoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 120 – 135$26.71 – $27.45 (Dubai)$26.70 – $27.25 (Dubai)
RSARoyal Beaut (18kg)  cnt 120-135$28.00 – $28.25 (Dubai)$28.00 – $28.25 (Dubai)
RSARoyal Gala (18kg)  cnt 135$24.53  – $24.80 (Jeddah)$25.33  – $25.87 (Jeddah)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg) PR cnt 110-135$27.20 – $31.50 (Dubai)$27.20 – $32.25 (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)$26.00 – $26.25 (Dubai)
ChileRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 125 – 138$26.35 – $26.60 (Dubai)$28.00 – $28.25 (Dubai)
ChileRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100-150$24.53  – $27.47 (Jeddah)$25.60  – $28.00 (Jeddah)
TurkeyPears (4kg)$4.48 (Kuwait)$4.48 (Kuwait)
RSAForelle Pears (12kg) $13.63 (Kuwait)$16.95 (Kuwait)
RSAForelle Pears (12kg) $14.99 (Dubai)$14.99 – $16.89 (Dubai)
RSAForelle Pears (12kg) cnt 90/96/112/120$13.33 – $14.67 (Jeddah)$13.87 – $15.20 (Jeddah)
RSAVermont Pears (12kg) cnt 90/96/112/120$11.47 – $12.80 (Jeddah)$10.67 – $12.00 (Jeddah)
RSAVermont Pears (12kg)$12.26 (Dubai)$12.26 -$14.44 (Dubai)

Grape, Stone & Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit

Kiwi fruit volumes shipped from Chile to the Middle East remain low at 29% 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 (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 26Selling Prices week 27
New ZealandGold Kiwi (3kg)$24.00 (Dubai)$24.00 (Dubai)
New ZealandHayward Kiwi (3.5kg)$20.65 (Dubai)$20.65 (Dubai)
ChileHayward Kiwi (2.7kg)$10.90 – $15.00 (Dubai)$8.17 – $11.40 (Dubai)
ChileHayward Kiwi (10kg)$35.00 (Dubai)$28.55 (Dubai)
RSAPlums (5kg)$6.14 (Kuwait)$6.98 (Kuwait)
RSAPlums (8kg)$16.95 (Kuwait)$16.95 (Kuwait)
EgyptWhite Seedless (4.5kg)$8.00- $8.25 (Dubai)$8.00- $8.25 (Dubai)
ChileRed Globe (8.2kg)$19.00- $19.25 (Dubai)$19.00- $19.25 (Dubai)
PeruPomegrantes (3.8kg)$11.00- $11.25 (Dubai)$11.00- $11.25 (Dubai)

India / Bangladesh


Local Apples have started to trickle in and more volumes are expected in future weeks. Citrus is still in the doldrums due to oversupply from Egypt and this is expected to stay like this until the middle of August. There is a lot of citrus in storage in India still and en route. Pear market is starting to pick up as fewer volumes are arriving. Grapes and plums are still a nightmare. Covid cases have stabilised below 50 000 per day.


The lockdown and recent heavy rains have predictably not been conducive to bustling market activity, however, there has been a slight improvement in apple prices.

Goldens are performing better than Royal Gala varieties, that being said, all varieties are still running into negative margins.

Egyptian oranges are still widely available in the market, with significant volumes in storage too.

Shipping remains a challenge with very limited options from South African Ports to Chittagong.

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