Cape Town port in South Africa 

Delayed operations in Cape Town port is contributing to congestion and vessels that have not yet sailed out of Cape Town. A bottleneck is expected at the beginning to mid-February as more cultivars come into production.

Update on the market in the GCC countries 

The Red Sea crisis is causing massive uncertainty in the market and shipping lines are faced with capacity problems. The supply to the market is very irregular and this is causing market instability with supply, demand, and price fluctuations.


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Citrus fruit – In general

The packing of the very first early lemons from the Northern areas in South Africa has started and the first exported volumes was shipped this week (week 4), but small volumes.

Market update

The market is full of lemons with supply from Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Syria, and China.  

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)


Pome fruit

South Africa

The packing of Royal Gala from the Ceres area in the Western Cape has started, but volumes are low and increasing from week 6 (beginning of February). The Rosemarie/Sempre summer pear varieties are at the tail-end of the season, while the packing of all the other summer pear varieties have started. Summer pears should be available for shipping until + week 8.  


The longer transit time for apples from Poland and Serbia is a continuous problem for the GCC countries.

Market update

There will be a good market for the new season Royal Gala apples from South Africa, due to the ongoing issues in the Red Sea and with the longer transit times from Poland and Serbia to the Middle East.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone, Kiwi Fruit

 Grapes -South Africa             

In the Northern Cape, packing is at the end of the season with about 2 weeks left of harvest. The Berg and Hex River regions are currently packing. The expected crop estimate from the Berg River Region is 19.1 million cartons (4.5kg) and 23.5 million cartons (4.5kg) from the Hex River Region. All regions have reported good berry size, quality, and colour this season due to favourable weather conditions.

Market update                        

The market is supplied with grapes from South Africa, India, and Peru.

Stone Fruit – South Africa 

The South African crop is down on plums this season. The shortage is + 800,000 cartons compared to last season. The Angelino Black Plums are expected to be 20-30% down on volume compared to last season.

Market update  

Higher demand for Red plums in the Middle East Market due to less supply available from South Africa. Middle East: decrease of 29% on Plum volumes shipped from South Africa to the Middle East compared to the same period last season.


Cherries from Chile selling @ $32 (2.5kg) in Saudi Arabia.


The packing of the Kent, Keitt and Shelly varieties have started, however the fruit is peaking on bigger sizing for the Kent and Keitt varieties. The overall Mango season from South Africa will still be short this season because of the heavy winds and hail in the main mango growing area in the North.


Market update

Mangoes from Kenya, Yemen, and South Africa in the market, however Kenya is nearly finished, and the quality is not good. Volumes from Yemen to pick up in the next 2 weeks.

Kiwi fruit                        

No report.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

India / Bangladesh


No report.


No report.

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