South African ports are still under pressure with vessel omissions, short shipments, and equipment shortages that have caused a knock-on effect with cargo rolling over.  This is an ongoing weekly problem in all ports and causing continuous pressure on the South African fruit industry.

The market is becoming stronger for Valencia oranges from South Africa. Egypt should make a decision in the next week as to whether the new season for Navel oranges will start on the 15th November or the 01st December. This will also depend on how the fruit colours up.

On-going poor market conditions with slow sales rates and price levels for South African soft citrus varieties in the GCC countries.

Although there has been a slight decrease in both lemon and grapefruit price levels, there is still a high demand for both these commodities with high price levels.  The continued increase in demand and price levels for Lemons, Grapefruit, and pears from South Africa is due to the limited availability and supply from South Africa.  

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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 Valencia Lates. Northern Growers will finish packing in week 38/39. The Eastern Cape growers have started packing Midknights. The Western Cape growers will start picking Valencia varieties around week 37/38.

Navel oranges showing a small increase in volume. Late varieties, like Cambria, are still being packed.

The Western areas in South Africa are picking and packing Nadorcott/Tango soft citrus. Currently, Nadorcott soft citrus seems to be peak between count 1X – 1.

Late season lemons in the Western Cape are at the tail-end of the season and nearly done.

Shipped YTD from South Africa

Lemons to the Middle East – a decrease of 7% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Grapefruit to the Middle East – an increase of 17% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season. 

Soft Citrus to the Middle East – an increase of 68% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Oranges to the Middle East – a decrease of 6% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Market update:

In general, the market is showing positive trends for Valencias from South Africa with an increase in both sales and demand due to the end of the Egyptian season for oranges. A slight decrease in market price levels for Navelates from South Africa, however high demand and high price levels for Cambria variety.

Continued poor market conditions for soft citrus varieties due to the high volume in the market from South Africa.

The new season for Turkish lemons will start making an arrival in the UAE by the end of week 36.  Turkey will have a big lemon crop this season.

In General

The revised protocol for the export of citrus from South Africa to China is very important for the Lemon sector of the South African citrus industry. Until now low volumes of lemons have been exported to China due to the disinfestation treatment requirements. This change will result in increased exports of lemons to China in the 2022 season.

Market Prices

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 35Selling Prices week 36
Egypt Navels (7.5kg) $3.79 (Kuwait)
Egypt Navels (15kg)$9.41 (Kuwait)$9.41 (Kuwait)
RSA Navels (15kg)$10.24 (Kuwait)$10.24 (Kuwait)
RSA Navels (15kg) cnt 72$14.13 (Jeddah)$14.13 (Jeddah)
RSA Navels (15kg) cnt 88$12.53 (Jeddah)$12.53 (Jeddah)
RSA Navels (15kg) cnt 105$11.20 (Jeddah)$11.20 (Jeddah)
Australia Navels (18kg)$30.10 (Kuwait)$30.10 (Kuwait)
RSA Navelate (15kg) cnt 72$16.33 – $17.00 (Dubai)$14.00 – $17.00 (Dubai)
RSA Navelate (15kg) cnt 88$15.00 – $17.00 (Dubai)$14.00 – $17.00 (Dubai)
RSA Navelate (15kg) cnt 105$12.00 (Dubai)$12.00 (Dubai)
RSA Navelate (15kg) cnt 72$15.47(Jeddah)$15.47(Jeddah)
RSANavelate (15kg) cnt 88$14.67 (Jeddah)$14.67 (Jeddah)
RSA Navelate (15kg) cnt 105$13.33 (Jeddah)$13.33 (Jeddah)
RSALemons (15kg)$14.38 (Kuwait)$10.24 (Kuwait)
RSALemons (15kg)$12.25– $16.61 (Dubai)$14.00– $18.45 (Dubai)
RSALemons (15kg) cnt 138/162/189$19.73– $21.33 (Jeddah)$19.73– $21.33 (Jeddah)
LebanonValencias (5kg)$2.81 (Kuwait)$2.81 (Kuwait)
EgyptValencias (7.5kg)$2.97 (Kuwait)$2.97 (Kuwait)
EgyptValencias (15kg)$7.76 (Kuwait)$7.76 (Kuwait)
RSAValencias (15kg)$9.41 (Kuwait)$9.41 (Kuwait)
RSAValencias (15kg) – cnt 72$15.24 (Dubai)$16.00 (Dubai)
RSAValencias (15kg) – cnt 88$14.60 (Dubai)$13.60 (Dubai)
RSAValencias (15kg) – cnt 105$13.06 (Dubai)$12.70 (Dubai)
RSAValencias (15kg) – cnt 72$14.13 (Jeddah)$14.13 (Jeddah)
RSAValencias (15kg) – cnt 88$13.33 (Jeddah)$13.33 (Jeddah)
RSAValencias (15kg) – cnt 105$12.00 (Jeddah)$12.00 (Jeddah)
SyriaSoft Citrus (5kg)$6.93 (Kuwait)$6.93 (Kuwait)
AustraliaSoft Citrus (8kg)$20.17 (Kuwait)$20.17 (Kuwait)
EgyptSoft Citrus (8kg)$10.24 (Kuwait)$10.24 (Kuwait)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Minneolas$12.25 – $15.24 (Dubai)$11.00 (Dubai)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Nova/Leanri$5.72 – $6.00 (Dubai)$7.25 – $8.00 (Dubai)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) cnt 1X$13.33 (Jeddah)$13.33 (Jeddah)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) cnt 1XX/1$12.53 (Jeddah)$12.53 (Jeddah)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) cnt 2/3$12.00 (Jeddah)$12.00 (Jeddah)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) – Nadorcott/Tango$9.53 – $10.34 (Dubai)$12.00 (Dubai)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) Nova$10.24 (Kuwait)$10.24 (Kuwait)
RSASoft Citrus (10kg) Nadorcott$11.90 (Kuwait)$11.90 (Kuwait)
RSAGrapefruit (15kg)$13.55 (Kuwait)$13.55 (Kuwait)
RSAGrapefruit (15kg)$13.61 (Dubai)$15.00 (Dubai)
RSAGrapefruit (15kg)$12.80- $13.33 (Jeddah)$12.80- $13.33 (Jeddah)


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 31% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to the 2020 season.

Apples from RSA to the Middle East – an increase of 33% 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: The new apple season from the Northern Hemisphere has started. There are still apples from South Africa in the market and this is due to much later shipping from South Africa into the market compared to last season.

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.

Spanish pears are available in the market and Syria will also be a competitor this season with the availability of pears at low price levels. Belgium will start with its new harvest of pears in 2 weeks (week 37).

In General

Italy expects their new apple crop to be 4% smaller and one week later than last year.

Poland will start packing Royal Gala for exports next week (week 37).

South Africa is expecting to end on a record crop this season with exports for both apples and pears combined reaching 60 million cartons (42.5m cartons for apples and 17.5m cartons for pears).  Apples are 16% higher and pears 4% higher compared to last season.

Market Prices

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 35Selling Prices week 36
ItalyGranny Smith (18kg)$31.76 (Kuwait)$31.76 (Kuwait)
SerbiaGranny Smith (18kg)$31.76 (Kuwait)$31.76 (Kuwait)
FranceGranny Smith (18kg)$31.76 (Kuwait)$31.76 (Kuwait)
FranceGranny Smith (18kg)$29.35 – $29.60 (Dubai)$31.50 – $31.75 (Dubai)
ItalyGolden Delicious (18kg)$28.45 (Kuwait)$28.45 (Kuwait)
Italy/FranceGolden Delicious (18kg)$30.00– $30.25 (Dubai)$28.55– $28.80 (Dubai)
RSAGolden Delicious (18kg)$20.17 (Kuwait)$20.17 (Kuwait)
FranceGolden Delicious (18kg)$26.79 (Kuwait)$26.79 (Kuwait)
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)$31.76 (Kuwait)$31.76 (Kuwait)
ItalyRed Delicious (18kg)$23.48 (Kuwait)$23.48 (Kuwait)
RSARoyal Gala–Econo packs (12kg)cnt 120-135$20.65 – $20.90 (Dubai)$20.65 – $20.90 (Dubai)
RSARoyal Gala (12kg)$13.55 (Kuwait)$13.55 (Kuwait)
USARoyal Gala (18kg)$31.76 (Kuwait)$31.76 (Kuwait)
ChileRoyal Gala (18kg)$31.76 (Kuwait)$31.76 (Kuwait)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg)$31.76 (Kuwait)$31.76 (Kuwait)
BrazilRoyal Gala (18kg)$31.76 (Kuwait)$31.76 (Kuwait)
SpainRoyal Gala (18kg)  cnt 100-125$28.00  – $28.53 (Jeddah)$28.00  – $28.53 (Jeddah)
RSARoyal Gala (18kg)$25.86 – $26.67 (Dubai)$26.35 – $26.60 (Dubai)
RSARoyal Gala Beaut (18kg)$29.35 – $29.60 (Dubai)$29.35 – $29.60 (Dubai)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg) PR cnt 110-135$27.70 – $30.70 (Dubai)$27.20 – $30.25 (Dubai)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg) XF cnt 110-120$29.30– $29.55 (Dubai)$29.30– $29.55 (Dubai)
ChileRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 125 – 138$27.70 – $27.95 (Dubai)$28.00 – $28.25 (Dubai)
ChileRoyal Gala (19.2kg) cnt 100-150$26.67  – $29.33 (Jeddah)$26.67  – $29.33 (Jeddah)
SpainPears (8kg)$11.20– $12.00 (Jeddah)$11.20– $12.00 (Jeddah)
SpainPears (8kg)$15.21 (Kuwait)$20.17 (Kuwait)
SpainErcolini Pears (8kg)$12.25 – $12.50 (Dubai)$11.00 – $11.25 (Dubai)
RSAForelle Pears (12kg) $20.17 (Kuwait)$20.17 (Kuwait)
RSAForelle Pears (12kg) $23.95 – $24.50 (Dubai)$22.30 – $22.55 (Dubai)
RSAVermont Pears (12kg)$21.77 (Dubai)$21.20 – $21.45 (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.

Stone fruit – South Africa – short update for the new season

Cold weather in the Western Cape is causing havoc with the new season crop. Fruit is going to be late, with small sizing.  Similar crop on all commodities as last season, therefore, high volumes of Plums will be available again for the new season. 

Market Prices

CountryCommoditySelling Prices week 35Selling Prices week 36
New ZealandGold Kiwi (2.8kg)$21.75 (Dubai)$21.75 (Dubai)
New ZealandHayward Kiwi (3.5kg)$17.65 (Dubai)$15.00 (Dubai)
ChileHayward Kiwi (2.7kg)$6.80 (Dubai)$7.00 (Dubai)
IranKiwi (10kg)$8.70 (Dubai)$8.70 (Dubai)
SpainRed Plum (5kg)$8.59 (Kuwait)$8.59 (Kuwait)
ItalySuperior Grapes (4.5kg) $10.00 – 10.25 (Kuwait)

India / Bangladesh


South Africa has shipped 100 containers of Oranges in one week to India. This could cause prices to drop drastically. Shipping is however erratic and who knows what will be shipped the next week. Vermont/Forelle still selling well. Packham struggling to sell. The local Royal Gala Apple has started and this is affecting the price of imported apples.


The resultant impact of severe logistical constraints has caused prices to soar to artificially high levels on Oranges and Golden Delicious apples in particular.

These prices are unsustainable and will need to stabilise in order to support healthy market behaviour.  

Export stats show significantly increased volumes en route, thereby anticipating increased supply to feed the demand and establish more realistic market levels.  

The availability of Chinese mandarins in the market has tempered demand for the more expensive South African offering.

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