Operations at South African ports have come to a standstill after IT systems were hacked last week Thursday.  This has caused major disruptions and chaos as all ports are forced to close until this is sorted out. All ports might only become operational again in the next few days. Ships are bypassing South African ports as a result of port closures. This has resulted in a global shipping crisis and has further impacted all major shipping lines that have ongoing container/equipment shortages and therefore can’t afford further vessel delays.

Due to only 60,000 citizens and residents being allowed to perform Hajj and Umrah this year due to the Coronavirus, there wasn’t an increase in demand and sales as seen in previous years when Hajj and Umrah attracted millions of foreigners to 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 = 74.36 INR (Indian Rupees)
1.00 USD = 14.59 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 72/88. Currently, in the Eastern areas of South Africa, Cambria Late Navels seem to be peaking on smaller sizes (count 88/105).

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 32.

Shipped YTD from South Africa

Lemons to the Middle East – a decrease of 16% 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 56% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Oranges to the Middle East – a decrease of 4% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Market update: Valencia packing finished last week in Egypt.  However, there is still some volume in growers/suppliers cold stores in Egypt. All Egyptian volume should be out of the GCC countries by mid-late August.

Navels from South Africa are not performing well in the market as they are competing with the Egyptian valencias at low price levels.  In general, poor market conditions for both Navels and Novas. However, there has been an increase in the demand and price levels for Lemons from South Africa and this can be contributed to the limited availability. South Africa is prioritizing lemon shipments to Europe due to the high price levels from Europe.

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 28Selling Prices week 30
Egypt Navels (7kg)$2.99 (Kuwait)$2.99 (Kuwait)
Egypt Navels (15kg)$7.81 (Kuwait)$7.81 (Kuwait)
RSA Navels (15kg)$8.46 (Kuwait)$8.46 (Kuwait)
RSA Navels (15kg) cnt 72$13.87 (Jeddah)$11.20 (Jeddah)
RSA Navels (15kg) cnt 88$12.00 (Jeddah)$10.13 (Jeddah)
RSA Navels (15kg) cnt 105$10.13 (Jeddah)$8.53 (Jeddah)
Australia Navels (18kg)$30.25 (Kuwait)$30.25 (Kuwait)
RSA Navels / Navelate (15kg) cnt 72$11.40 (Dubai)$11.40 (Dubai)
RSA Navels / Navelate (15kg) cnt 88$11.40 (Dubai)$11.40 (Dubai)
RSA Navels / Navelate (15kg) cnt 105$10.00 (Dubai)$10.00 (Dubai)
RSA Navelate (15kg) cnt 72 $13.33 (Jeddah)
RSANavelate (15kg) cnt 88 $12.27 (Jeddah)
RSA Navelate (15kg) cnt 105 $10.67 (Jeddah)
TurkeyLemons (10kg)$6.98 (Kuwait)$6.98 (Kuwait)
RSALemons (15kg)$11.96 (Kuwait)$11.96 (Kuwait)
RSALemons (15kg)$11.70 – $13.60 (Dubai)$15.00 – $19.00 (Dubai)
RSALemons (15kg) cnt 138/162/189$13.33 – $15.47 (Jeddah)$20.00 – $21.33 (Jeddah)
LebanonValencias (5kg)$2.16 (Kuwait)$2.16 (Kuwait)
EgyptValencias (7.5kg)$2.66 (Kuwait)$2.66 (Kuwait)
EgyptValencias (15kg) cnt 72$8.00 (Jeddah)$8.80 (Jeddah)
EgyptValencias (15kg) cnt 88$6.93 (Jeddah)$7.20 (Jeddah)
EgyptValencias (15kg) cnt 100$5.60 (Jeddah)$6.13 (Jeddah)
EgyptValencias (15kg)$7.63 – $8.72 (Dubai)$7.63 – $8.72 (Dubai)
EgyptValencias (15kg)$5.31 (Kuwait)$5.31 (Kuwait)
RSAValencias (15kg)$8.64 (Kuwait)$8.64 (Kuwait)
RSAValencias (15kg) – cnt 72/88$11.44 – $12.26 (Dubai)$12.25 (Dubai)
EgyptSoft Citrus (8kg) – Nova$3.82 (Kuwait)$3.82 (Kuwait)
AustraliaSoft Citrus (8kg)$23.60 (Kuwait)$23.60 (Kuwait)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Nova$11.40 (Dubai)$10.75 (Dubai)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) cnt 1X$12.53 (Jeddah)$12.00 (Jeddah)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) cnt 1XX/1$12.00 (Jeddah)$11.47 (Jeddah)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Nova cnt 2/3$11.47 (Jeddah)$10.67 (Jeddah)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Nadorcott/Tango$15.00 (Dubai)$15.00 (Dubai)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) Nova$10.30 (Kuwait)$10.30 (Kuwait)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) Nadorcott$13.63 (Kuwait)$13.63 (Kuwait)
RSAGrapefruit (15kg)$11.96 (Kuwait)$11.96 (Kuwait)
RSAGrapefruit (15kg)$11.40 (Dubai)$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 30% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Apples from RSA to the Middle East – an increase of 20% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Pears from RSA to the Middle East –  an increase of 1% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to 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. There has also been an increase in market demand and price levels for Royal Gala Econo bags from South Africa. 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 continued increase in demand and price levels in the GCC countries for Forelle/Vermont pears from South Africa due to the limited supply. Limited volume is available for CA pears that have been stored for shipments until the end of September.

New-season for Spanish pears has started to make an arrival in the GCC countries.

Market Prices

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 28Selling Prices week 29
ItalyGranny Smith (18kg)$26.09 (Kuwait)$26.09 (Kuwait)
SerbiaGranny Smith (18kg)$25.26 (Kuwait)$25.26 (Kuwait)
RSAGranny Smith (18kg)$22.77 (Kuwait)$22.77 (Kuwait)
SpainGranny Smith (18kg)$25.26 (Kuwait)$25.26 (Kuwait)
FranceGranny Smith (18kg)$30.45 – $30.70 (Dubai)$28.55 – $28.80 (Dubai)
ItalyGranny Smith (18kg) cnt 100/113/125$23.20 – $24.80 (Jeddah)$23.20 – $24.80 (Jeddah)
FranceGolden Delicious (18kg)$21.94 (Kuwait)$21.94 (Kuwait)
ItalyGolden Delicious (18kg)$23.60 (Kuwait)$23.60 (Kuwait)
ChinaGolden Delicious (18kg)$15.29 (Kuwait)$15.29 (Kuwait)
RSAGolden Delicious (18kg)$16.12 (Kuwait)$16.12 (Kuwait)
Italy / FranceGolden Delicious (18kg)$24.45 – $24.70 (Dubai)$26.00 – $26.25 (Dubai)
USARed Delicious – PR (18kg)  cnt 100-113$29.33 (Jeddah)$29.33 (Jeddah)
USARed Delicious – XF (18kg)  cnt 100-113$26.67 – $27.47 (Jeddah)$26.67 – $27.47 (Jeddah)
USARed Delicious (18kg)$27.76 (Kuwait)$27.76 (Kuwait)
ChinaFuji (18kg)$15.29 (Kuwait)$15.29 (Kuwait)
RSARoyal Gala – Econo packs (12kg)  cnt 120- 135$18.20 – $18.45 (Dubai)$19.00 – $19.25 (Dubai)
RSARoyal Gala (12kg)$15.29 (Kuwait)$15.29 (Kuwait)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg)$26.93 (Kuwait)$26.93 (Kuwait)
ChileRoyal Gala (18kg)$26.09 (Kuwait)$26.09 (Kuwait)
SerbiaRoyal Gala (18kg)$25.26 (Kuwait)$25.26 (Kuwait)
BrazilRoyal Gala (18kg)$23.60 (Kuwait)$23.60 (Kuwait)
RSARoyal Gala (18kg)  cnt 135$26.13  – $26.67 (Jeddah)$28.53  – $28.80 (Jeddah)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg) PR cnt 110-135$27.20 – $32.25 (Dubai)$30.00 – $31.75 (Dubai)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg) XF cnt 110-120$26.00 – $26.25 (Dubai)$28.55 – $28.80 (Dubai)
ChileRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 125 – 138$28.00 – $28.25 (Dubai)$29.35 – $29.60 (Dubai)
ChileRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100-150$26.13  – $28.80 (Jeddah)$27.47  – $30.67 (Jeddah)
TurkeyPears (4kg)$4.48 (Kuwait)$4.48 (Kuwait)
SpainPears (8kg) $14.13 – $14.67 (Jeddah)
RSAForelle Pears (12kg) $17.78 (Kuwait)$17.78 (Kuwait)
RSAForelle Pears (12kg) $16.30 – $16.55 (Dubai)$20.65 – $20.85 (Dubai)
RSAForelle Pears (12kg) cnt 90/96/112/120$14.13 – $16.00 (Jeddah)$16.80 – $18.67 (Jeddah)
RSAVermont Pears (12kg)$15.29 (Kuwait)$15.29 (Kuwait)
RSAVermont Pears (12kg) cnt 90/96/112/120$12.27 – $13.33 (Jeddah)$15.20 – $16.53 (Jeddah)
RSAVermont Pears (12kg)$13.60 – $13.85 (Dubai)$19.00 – $19.25 (Dubai)

Grape, Stone & Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit

Kiwi fruit volumes shipped from Chile to the Middle East remain low at 24% 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. Chile is at the tail-end of its Kiwi season.  

Greece and Italy have experienced late frost and this will impact the new season’s overall volumes.

Market Prices

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 28Selling Prices week 30
New ZealandGold Kiwi (2.8kg)$23.40 (Dubai)$21.75 (Dubai)
New ZealandHayward Kiwi (3.5kg)$20.40 (Dubai)$20.00 (Dubai)
ChileHayward Kiwi (2.7kg)$11.40 (Dubai)$10.30 (Dubai)
ChileHayward Kiwi (10kg)$28.55 (Dubai)$28.25 (Dubai)
IranKiwi (10kg) $17.65 (Dubai)
RSAPlums (5kg)$6.14 (Kuwait)$6.14 (Kuwait)
RSAPlums (8kg)$16.95 (Kuwait)$16.95 (Kuwait)
EgyptWhite Seedless (4.5kg)$8.00- $8.25 (Dubai)$8.00- $8.25 (Dubai)
EgyptRed Globe (4.5kg) $12.25- $12.50 (Dubai)

India / Bangladesh


The market has seen an increase in the pricing and demand for SA oranges. Apple markets are still holding well. The Vermont market is doing well and Packham sales and prices have slowed down. SA supply of Vermont Pears has decreased as the season is coming to the end. SA ports are still heavily disrupted due to cyber-attack. The ports hope to be operational by week 31.


The market in Bangladesh is starting to show changes for the better over the last week.

South African Gala prices are slowly on the up, however, Goldens have slumped somewhat due to the recent hard lockdown in Dhaka where this variety is mostly consumed.

Orange prices have also shown good improvement, however soft citrus still needs to pull itself out of the red.

Chinese Gala varieties are set to make arrival toward the end of August, whilst South African supply on all commodities has been severely throttled over recent weeks due to civil unrest and cyber-attacks on the Ports.

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