Strong market in the CGG countries for oranges from South Africa due to limited availability. The Middle East is competing with Europe and USA for the supply of oranges and mandarins at high price levels.

The market remains strong this week for apples, despite Italy and France that have made arrival in the market, however volumes are limited. Once the supply increases, market price levels are expected to drop.

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Citrus fruit – South Africa

Citrus growers are giving priority to the packing of oranges for the EU to meet the duty deadline for last shipments from South Africa to the EU in week 37. The citrus season from South Africa will end sooner than anticipated (beginning of October).

The South African Industry has revised estimates with a predicted decrease in volumes by 1.6 million cartons on Navels/Late Navels and a decrease of 5 million cartons for Valencias.

Market update

Strong market in the GCC countries for South African oranges, lemons, and late mandarins due to the high demand with less availability.

There is a decrease of 36% 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

South African exports for 2023 on apples to all markets are estimated to be 8% lower this season and pears by 18% compared to the 2022 season.

Market update

The GCC countries remain strong this week on apples due to less availability from Italy, Spain, and Greece. However, higher volumes are expected to arrive from Italy and Spain in the next 1-2 weeks and price levels are expected to drop.  The first arrivals from Serbia is also expected to arrive next week (week 36).  Greece is at the tail-end of their season and will finish in 2 weeks.

Price levels on South African pears have remained stable since last week and have not dropped any further, due to the market that is over supplied with Spanish pears and the arrival of Chinese pears.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone, Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit

No report.

Market update

No report.

India / Bangladesh


Apple market good

The imported apple is still doing well although local has started. Pears are selling well but moving slowly. Imported citrus is in high demand as poor shipping from SA is causing gaps in the market.



Golden Delicious demand

Demand for Golden Delicious is picking up, due to the lower availability from South Africa.

Apples from China, India, and Bhutan are already in the market.

Importers losing money on Chinese apples.

SA Statistics

Decofrut Statistics

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