Update on the market in the GCC countries 

Apples and Valencias are not performing well in the GCC countries with a downward trend in prices and sales. The market is not expected to pick up on oranges so late in the season, and with the Egyptian season around the corner and expected to start on 1 December. There is speculation that the Apples will only start picking up in the New year. Pears from South Africa continue to do well with limited availability.

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Citrus fruit – South Africa

No report.            

Market update

Continued downward market trend for Valencias from South Africa in the GCC countries due to the over supply of Valencias from South Africa at the tail-end of the season. 

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)


Pome fruit

Continued high demand for apples in Europe and UK, with low demand in the Middle East market due to oversupply on Royal Gala apples.

Market update

Continued decrease in demand and price with slow sales rate for Royal Gala apples in the GCC countries due to high volumes of apples that have made arrival from all countries.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone, Kiwi Fruit

Stone Fruit – South Africa 

Both yellow and white flesh Nectarines are currently being packed, however sizing is smaller and peaking on size 25. Apricots are still delayed, and packing is now expected to only start next week (week 46). Middle East: decrease of 52% on Peaches and 19% on Nectarine volumes shipped from South Africa to the Middle East compared to the same period last season.


Volumes for South African Cherries has started picking up, and the season will peak in week 48-49-50. All South African cherries should be packed by week 51 for last air shipments to make arrival in the market just before Christmas. The packing of the first Cherries from Chile is expected to start next week (week 45).


The Egyptian Mango season is at the tail-end. There is good market opportunities for South African Mangoes across the globe due to Peru and Ecuador being short this season. 

Market update

The Middle East market is supplied with Cherries from Australia. South Africa and Chile will compete with Cherries from Australia at low price levels.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

India / Bangladesh


MBR Fumigation problems  

It seems that the SA government (true to form) have messed up the MBR fumigation protocol to India and now this could affect the future plum and citrus shipments. Fruit market still slow and citrus is selling at big losses. Chinese pears are being smuggled into the country.


Political Unrest  

Political unrest ahead of the country’s general elections have put pressure on all fruit sales. The banks are issuing less LC’s while also increasing the rate of exchange as well.

SA Statistics

Decofrut Statistics

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