In general, there is a demand for pears, apples, and lemons from South Africa in the GCC countries. This is due to the limited availability of the new season of summer pear varieties that are only starting to make an arrival in the market. 

The high freight rates in Chile and other countries have resulted in high price levels on apples. The increase in demand for lemons from South Africa is due to the Turkish lemons finishing sooner than anticipated due to the recent snow in the country.

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Market update

There is an increased demand for lemons from South Africa in the GCC countries due to the recent snow in Turkey, causing the Egyptian lemons selling price in the markets to rise which means South African lemons can also be sold at a higher price. Egyptian lemons will finish at the end of February.

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)


Packing is still underway with summer pears with Rosemarie/Rosemarie Sempre varieties finished and Flamingo/Cheeky the current varieties being packed. Pears are smaller in size this season.

Royal Gala packing has been delayed to ensure better colour apples.

Market update

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

There is a high demand for both pears and apples from South Africa. The increased demand for apples from South Africa in the GCC countries can be contributed to the sharp increase in shipping freight rates from Chile and other countries resulting in high price levels for apples. In some Middle East countries, the 15% corporate tax rate together with the high freight rates is putting tremendous pressure on the market and affecting the buying power of consumers.

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)

Grape, Stone & Kiwi Fruit

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

There is a high volume of plums on-route to the Middle East.  This is mainly due to vessels omitting the port as well as vessels delays.

The continued downward trend for Plums, Peaches, and Nectarines in the GCC countries including Yellow plums that were performing well in the last 2 weeks in Dubai. However, there seemed to be an upward trend in price levels for Apricots due to the shortage of this variety.

Update on Grapes and a market update in the GCC countries

Increased volumes of grapes have made their arrival in the GCC countries causing a downward trend in price levels and demand for Grapes from South Africa.

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)

India / Bangladesh


No report.


There is increasing demand for all varieties for Ramadan arrivals, considering the ever-earlier holy month of fasting preceding the seasonal availability of mangoes, lychees, and local fruit.

We are seeing strong demand for South African Royal Gala and Golden Delicious cultivars, despite the current slow market activity on apples in general.

The increased volume of Mandarin varieties available has turned the previously prosperous price points to less than favourable market levels. Oranges are performing well at this time.

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