Although the demand is high for oranges from South Africa due to limited availability, the overall market is slow due to summer school vacation that started late June and will end 23 August.

Many locals will leave the country to travel abroad.

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Citrus fruit – South Africa

Based on recent events, CGA have lowered South African citrus volumes, and this is mainly due to oranges as both Navels and Valencias will be less.

The latest predicted estimate is that the total Navel and Valencia crop from South Africa will be down. Navels is estimated to be 24.8 million compared to 27.8 million cartons in the 2022 season, while Valencias will be 53.1 million cartons compared to 53.8 million cartons packed in the 2022 season.

Europe and the UK are at high price levels, and other markets are competing with them for oranges. However, there might be an opportunity as South African exports to the EU are expected to drop by 20% as the EU will require enhanced cold treatment. Oranges will be the most affected, due to this new regulation.

Mandarins is expected to increase; however, the late Mandarins were also affected by the hail in November.

Market update

Continued increase in demand with high price levels for South African Navels and Valencias due to limited availability. There is a decrease of 32% 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 2% 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 6% compared to the same period last season.

South Africa is basically finished with Royal Gala packing, and very limited packing on CA stored Forelle and Vermont beaut pears, that is expected to finish by the end of July/beginning of August.

Market update

High demand for both apples and pears from South Africa due to the limited availability.

The Middle East market is increasing volumes on other apple varieties that is not normally preferred, to ensure the availability of apples in anticipation of the shortage in the market due to Royal Gala that won’t be available.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone, Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit

No report.

Market update

No report.

India / Bangladesh


Eventually the monsoon rains came. Citrus is moving very slowly. Apples and pears are in high demand as SA supply comes to an end.


All citrus are selling at a loss in the market. Customers are also losing money on Golden Delicious Apples. At least, there is a silver lining on South African Red Apples, as customers are starting to make a profit.

SA Statistics

Decofrut Statistics

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