Update on the market in the GCC countries 

Downward market trend for Apples and Valencias due to the oversupply in the market. There is uncertainty in the market on Apples going forward and both demand and sales have been reduced. In general, the war in Gaza/Israel is creating uncertainty in the market, and this is not helping the situation. Pears from South Africa continue to do well due to limited or no competition in the market.

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Citrus fruit – South Africa

The South African citrus season has ended with Valencia oranges, and the final volume packed for the season is 53.8 million cartons. The overall volume shipped is 50.1 million cartons compared to 50 million cartons in the 2022 season.            

Market update

Downward market trend for Valencias from South Africa in the GCC countries. Decrease in sales and demand after high volumes was sent to the market during the last weeks of the citrus season from South Africa. 

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)


Pome fruit

Continued high demand for apples in Europe and UK and this is pushing price levels up.

Market update

The GCC countries are not performing well on Royal Gala apples. Decrease in demand and sales since the beginning of October,  due to high volumes of Apples that started to make arrival from Italy, France, Turkey, Serbia, and Poland. There is uncertainty in the market and Gaza/Israel is not helping the situation.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone, Kiwi Fruit

Stone Fruit – South Africa 

There has been an overall increase in both Nectarines and Peaches from week 39-43 compared to the same period last season. The first early Peaches are coming to an end quickly due to the high demand, and there is expected to be a gap of 12 days before the next variety starts up.


The packing of the first Cherries from South Africa started this week (week 44), however volumes are still low and is expected to pick up from next week. Sizing is also better and ranging from 24mm -27mm. The Chilean season on Cherries is delayed by 1 week and is expected to start next week (week 45), however volumes could be down for the early part of the season (week 45 – 48) due to lack of chilling hours. The overall crop is up this season, and the forecasted estimate is 95,4 million cartons (5kg equivalent).

Mangoes – South Africa

The Mango crop from Peru is estimated to be 60% down this season. The volumes available are less, due to the high demand from all markets seeing as Peru and Ecuador are down on mango volumes this season. In South Africa, the Malelane and Hoedspruit area had less days with temperatures above 30 ºC compared to last season which might delay the picking date. Most fruit packed at the beginning of December will go to the local market and exports will pick up for mid-December.

Market update

No report.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

India / Bangladesh


No report.



Orange market improves slightly  

Valencia Orange prices are slowly increasing and the market is starting to show signs of recovery. South African Late Mandarin prices have decreased as a result of China volumes entering the market.

SA Statistics

Decofrut Statistics

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