Update on Durban port terminal in South Africa

Heavy truck congestion at Durban port due to the peak of the citrus season.  Growers are in full swing of citrus packing, and there is not enough trucks available to transport the fruit to the port.

Update on the market in the GCC countries

The market is slow, as many local citizens are still abroad on vacation.  The summer school break is until the end of August. The market will start picking up in the next 2-3 weeks, when the local citizens arrive back in the country.

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Citrus fruit – South Africa

All growers are prioritizing Valencia/Midknight packing in blackspot free orchards that can go to Europe to fulfill programs, as they are falling behind on orders. There is a high demand for oranges to Europe due to the Northern Hemisphere that ended earlier this season.

Cambria packing has started in the Eastern Cape, however sizing in general is about 2 sizes bigger than last season and peaking on count 56/64.

Market update

Continued increase in demand for South African Navelate varieties and Cambria, however due to Egyptian Valencias that are still available in the market, there isn’t a very high demand for Valencias at high price levels. Slow market sales due to summer vacation and locals travelling abroad. The market is expected to pick up in the next 2-3 weeks, when locals/citizens are back from vacation.

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:  YTD shipments from South Africa to the Middle East remain unchanged from week 27 – 28 with a decrease of 2% on apples and 12% 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 10% compared to the same period last season.

South Africa will finish packing Royal Gala volumes by the end of next week, and Forelle and Vermont Beaut pears should be finished by the end of August beginning of September.

Market update

High demand and high price levels for apples and pears from South Africa due to the limited availability.

The market is supplied with pears from South Africa and Spain. Greece have started packing Coscia pears, however, the market prefers the Ercolini of pears from Spain.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone, Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit

No report.

Market update

No report.


India / Bangladesh


Market slows down

Sales on all imported fruits have slowed down. Local apples have started to come in. It is believed that the early apples will not be good quality and that the better quality apples will be kept in CA storage.


Apple Update

South African apple growers have returned from a short holiday and started to pack Golden Delicious again.

The packing of Royal Gala Apples has come to an end.

SA Statistics

Decofrut Statistics

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