The market is doing well on white grapes and yellow plums from South Africa due to the limited availability of this variety.

Despite the current oversupply of mangoes available, this will soon stabilise due to the shortage of supply on the Keitt variety for the remainder of the season.  

1.00 USD = 3.67 AED (Emirate Dirham)
1.00 USD = 3.75 SAD (Saudi Riyals)
1.00 USD = 86.09 BDT (Bangladeshi Taka)
1.00 USD = 74.73 INR (Indian Rupees)
1.00 USD = 15.43 ZAR (South African Rand)


Lemon packing has been delayed due to intermittent rain in the Northern parts of South Africa. Currently, peak sizing seems to be between count 100/113/138.

Market update

Lemons from Egypt, China, and Turkey are present in the market. However, the recent snow in Turkey will bring the season to an abrupt end.

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)


Apple exports from South Africa are expected to increase by 6% compared to last season – this is mainly due to young orchards coming into production. Varieties such as Bigbucks, Cripps Pink/Pink Lady, Cripps Red/Joya are expected to increase significantly.

There has been a decrease in varieties such as Golden Delicious, Royal Gala/Gala, and Granny Smith. This is due to cooler summer conditions influencing the sizing of the fruit. New-season Royal Gala apples from South Africa should start packing in week 6-7 (beginning to mid- February).

Market update

The first variety (WBC/Williams Bon Chretien) of the new season summer pears from South Africa has started to make an arrival in Dubai. This will be followed by Rosemarie and Sempre varieties that should start making an arrival in the GCC countries.

The market has been empty of pears and those who still have late-season Forelle pears are realising very high returns due to the negligible volume currently available.

Continued high price levels for red apples from the USA. Apple prices remain stable in the GCC countries for Royal Gala.  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

A high volume of plums en-route to the Middle East.  This is largely due to bottle-neck volumes created by vessel omissions and delays.

Chilean Plum crop estimates are showing a 13% increase on last years’ volumes.

Despite the downward trend in market prices for Red plums from South Africa, yellow plums are performing exceptionally well with price levels around $19.00 in Dubai due to the limited availability.

Update on Grapes and a market update in the GCC countries

Despite the heavy rains causing shortages in white seedless grapes early in the season, overall volumes on all grape varieties to the Middle East are showing a whopping increase of 24% on the previous season.

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)

India / Bangladesh


No report.


Limited shipping opportunities into Bangladesh have resulted in lower volumes and therefore minimal congestion holding up the throughflow of stock from vessels to market.

South African Golden Delicious apple prices are starting to see a decline, with Brazilian and Argentinian Galas coming through at significantly higher prices than last year due to increased freight rates.

PPECB Statistics

Decofrut Statistics

Follow links to our social pages