In general, the market seemed to be doing well on most commodities over December and the beginning of January however there seems to be an overall decline over the last 10 days and in the Dubai market.

There is an oversupply of Mangoes and the market has collapsed on Bananas only due to vessels bunching and volumes arriving at the same time in the market. Luckily, the next variety of Mangoes will only be shipped next week, giving the market some time to stabilise or pickup.

1.00 USD = 3.67 AED (Emirate Dirham)
1.00 USD = 3.75 SAD (Saudi Riyals)
1.00 USD = 85.56 BDT (Bangladeshi Taka)
1.00 USD = 75.05 INR (Indian Rupees)
1.00 USD = 15.62 ZAR (South African Rand)


Some growers have started packing lemons in the Northern part of South Africa and the sizing seems to be spread across all counts. At the moment the local South African market is filling up and therefore, exports will start.

The growers are seeing a good crop set on the orange and grapefruit trees.

Market update

The market is supplied with lemons from Egypt, China, and Turkey.  The early lemons from South Africa will compete with these countries.

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)


Market update

The first new season summer pears from South Africa should start making an arrival in the market soon. Continued high price levels for customers who still have late-season Forelle pears from South Africa in the market.

The packing of the new season Royal Gala apples from South Africa should start in week 6 (beginning of February) with good colour and sizing.

Continued high price levels for red apples from USA and Royal Gala. Increased price levels for Royal Gala from Italy, while lower price levels for Royal Gala from other countries.  The GCC countries are supplied with Royal Gala from Portugal, Ukraine, Poland, Serbia, Italy, and France.  Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples are still doing well in the market.

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)

Grape, Stone & Kiwi Fruit

Update on Stone fruit and a market update in the GCC countries

The heatwave last weekend in the Western Cape resulted in sunburn and internal browning of the fruit and the Fortune variety of plums finishing earlier than anticipated.  There is now a gap in supply between the Fortune and Laeticia red plums. There are very limited Laeticia red plums as packing hasn’t really started up yet.

The first yellow plums from South Africa have started to make their arrival in Dubai and are selling at high price levels of $19.00.  There has been a decrease in the price of red and black plums, but price levels are still stable.

Update on Grapes and a market update in the GCC countries

There is a shortage of white seedless grapes due to the rain earlier in the season out of the Orange River region.  There is still high demand in Europe for Sweet Globe white seedless grapes and most volume is being shipped to Europe at high price levels.  The white seedless should be finished towards the end of February and red seedless towards the end of March. There are still about 2, maybe 3 weeks left on Red Globe grapes from South Africa.

Even though grapes from South Africa are still doing well in the market, the price level and demand for Indian grapes have fallen considerably.

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)

India / Bangladesh


No report.


South African Goldens still have very strong demand, with little to no volume en route at this time of year.

Whilst achieving good price levels, Chinese apples are only just breaking even due to excessively high sea freight rates severely impacting the cost chain.

A Covid-driven border closure between Bhutan and Bangladesh has resulted in limited mandarin supply, fuelling high prices and strong market activity for soft citrus from India and Pakistan.  This is likely to stabilise soon, however, with large orders in the pipeline from China.

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