Shipping lines have a shortage of equipment resulting in a backlog at Cape Town port terminal creating huge problems and shipping delays as well as vessels by-passing the port .  This is creating logistical challenges for stone fruit, pears, apples and the tail-end of the grape season in the Western Cape.

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Limited volumes of lemons have been packed and shipped out of the Northern areas due to the rain. This has hampered packing and has delayed  lemons by  1-2 weeks.

Turkish lemons are 40% down on volume this season.

Market update

Continued increase in the GCC countries for lemons from China and Oranges from Egypt.  The price of Turkish lemons have also started to increase in the GCC countries.

Market Prices

CountryVarietySelling Prices week 6Selling Prices week 5
Lebanon Navels (6kg)$1.95 (Kuwait)$2.78 (Kuwait)
Egypt Navels (7kg)$2.80 (Kuwait)$2.78 (Kuwait)
Egypt Navels (7.5kg)$5.07 – $5.60 (Jeddah)$4.53 – $5.07 (Jeddah)
Syria Navels (7kg)$1.95 (Kuwait)$1.95 (Kuwait)
Lebanon Navels (14kg) $8.56 (Kuwait)
Egypt Navels (15kg)$8.56 (Kuwait)$8.56 (Kuwait)
Egypt Navels$8.17 – $8.99 (Dubai)$8.99 – $9.26 (Dubai)
Spain Navels (15kg)$6.91 (Kuwait)$6.08 (Kuwait)
TurkeyLemons (5kg)$2.62 (Kuwait)$2.78 (Kuwait)
TurkeyLemons (10kg)$5.25 (Kuwait)$6.91 (Kuwait)
ChinaLemons (15kg) cnt 100-113$15.20 – $16.00 (Jeddah)$15.20 – $16.00 (Jeddah)
ChinaLemons (15kg)$9.71 (Kuwait)$6.91 (Kuwait)
TurkeyLemons (15kg)$13.08- $14.17 (Dubai)$16.35 (Dubai)
TurkeyLemons (15kg)$11.86 (Kuwait)$11.86 (Kuwait)
RSALemons (15kg)$12.68 (Kuwait)$11.03 (Kuwait)
EgyptLemons (15kg)$13.51 (Kuwait)$11.03 (Kuwait)
EgyptLemons (15kg)$11.44 – $11.99 (Dubai)$12.26 – $12.80 (Dubai)
EgyptLemons (15kg) cnt100/113/125/138$12.80 – $14.67 (Jeddah)$12.80 – $14.67 (Jeddah)
LebanonValencias (5kg)$1.30 (Kuwait)$1.30 (Kuwait)
EgyptValencias (7.5kg) $1.95 (Kuwait)
EgyptValencias (15kg)$11.03 (Kuwait)$6.03 (Kuwait)
EgyptValencias (15kg) cnt 72-100$4.53 – $8.00 (Jeddah)$6.13 – $9.33 (Jeddah)
EgyptValencias$8.17 (Dubai)$7.63 – $8.17 (Dubai)
LebanonSoft Citrus (5kg) – Nova$2.45 (Kuwait)$2.28 (Kuwait)
SyriaSoft Citrus (6kg) $1.95 (Kuwait)
EgyptSoft Citrus (8kg)$3.11 (Kuwait)$3.60 (Kuwait)
AustraliaSoft Citrus (8kg)$6.08 (Kuwait)$6.08 (Kuwait)
MoroccoMandarin (10kg)$14.93 – $16.00 (Jeddah)$14.93 – $16.00 (Jeddah)
MoroccoSoft Citrus (10kg)$2.78 (Kuwait)$5.25 (Kuwait)
PakistanSoft Citrus (10kg)$2.78 (Kuwait)$4.43 (Kuwait)
PakistanMandarin (10kg)$5.33 – $5.60 (Jeddah)$5.33 – $5.60 (Jeddah)
PakistanMandarin$5.17 (Dubai)$5.45 – $6.26 (Dubai)
TurkeySoft Citrus (10kg)$5.25 (Kuwait)$6.91 (Kuwait)
SpainSoft Citrus (10kg) $6.08 (Kuwait)
SpainMandarin (10kg)$14.13 – $14.67 (Jeddah)$12.80 – $13.33 (Jeddah)
TurkeyGrapefruit (7kg)$3.60 (Kuwait)$2.78 (Kuwait)
TurkeyGrapefruit (15kg)$10.90 (Dubai)$11.44 (Dubai)
TurkeyGrapefruit (15kg)$11.03 (Kuwait)$8.56 (Kuwait)
RSAGrapefruit (15kg) $11.86 (Kuwait)


Apple inspections passed for export YTD by the end of week 6 was up by 21% on all varieties currently being packed, while pears volumes was down by 6% compared to the same period last season.  This can be due to the season being 5-10 days later.

Royal gala apples are peaking on smaller sizes and this is the usual trend for this variety from South Africa.

Shipped YTD from South Africa

Apples – Middle East –  increase of 3%  on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared  to 2020 season.

PearsMiddle East – Decrease of -47% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to 2020 season.

In  General: Worldwide markets are looking for apples and are also wanting to start earlier, with the majority of the Northern Hemisphere growers having less fruit.  There continues to be a strong demand  for apples in the  UK and European markets at high price levels. The Middle East will compete with these markets this season for fruit from both RSA and Chile.

Market Prices

CountryVarietySelling Prices week 6Selling Prices week 7
ItalyGranny Smith (18kg)$30.02 (Kuwait)$30.02 (Kuwait)
SerbiaGranny Smith (18kg)$28.37 (Kuwait)$28.37 (Kuwait)
FranceGranny Smith (18kg)$28.37 (Kuwait)$28.37 (Kuwait)
Italy / FranceGranny Smith (18kg)$35.30- $35.55 (Dubai)$34.00- $34.25 (Dubai)
Italy / FranceGolden Delicious (18kg)$24.45- $24.70 (Dubai)$24.45- $24.70 (Dubai)
FranceGolden Delicious (18kg)$23.42 (Kuwait)$23.42 (Kuwait)
ItalyGolden Delicious (18kg)$20.94 (Kuwait)$20.94 (Kuwait)
TurkeyRed Delicious (13kg)$13.51 (Kuwait)$13.51 (Kuwait)
USARed Delicious – PR (18kg)  cnt 100-113$28.00 (Jeddah)$28.00 (Jeddah)
USARed Delicious – XF (18kg)  cnt 100-113$24.53 – $25.33 (Jeddah)$24.53 – $25.33 (Jeddah)
USARed Delicious (18kg)$21.76 (Kuwait)$21.76 (Kuwait)
TurkeyRed Delicious (18kg)$20.94 (Kuwait)$20.94 (Kuwait)
TurkeyFuji (18kg)$20.94 (Kuwait)$20.94 (Kuwait)
UkraineRoyal Gala (18kg)$23.42 (Kuwait)$23.42 (Kuwait)
USARoyal Gala (18kg)$31.50- $31.75 (Dubai)$31.50- $31.75 (Dubai)
ItalyRoyal Gala (18kg)$25.07 (Kuwait)$25.07 (Kuwait)
Italy / FranceRoyal Gala (18kg)$24.45 – $25.07 (Dubai)$23.98 – $25.61 (Dubai)
ItalyRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100 – 138$24.53- $26.13 (Jeddah)$24.53- $26.13 (Jeddah)
USARoyal Gala (18kg)$26.72 (Kuwait)$26.72 (Kuwait)
FranceRoyal Gala (18kg)$24.24 (Kuwait)$24.24 (Kuwait)
SerbiaRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100 – 125$24.00 – $25.33 (Jeddah)$24.00 – $25.33 (Jeddah)
UkraineRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 125- 128$24.00 – $24.25 (Dubai)$24.00 – $24.25 (Dubai)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg)$26.72 (Kuwait)$26.72 (Kuwait)
SerbiaRoyal Gala (19kg)$21.76 (Kuwait)$21.76 (Kuwait)
TurkeyPears (4kg)$1.95 (Kuwait)$1.95 (Kuwait)
SpainKoshi Pears (8kg)$10.21 (Kuwait)$11.86 (Kuwait)
USAD’Anjou (10kg)$15.50 – $15.75 (Dubai)$20.40 – $20.65 (Dubai)

Grape, Stone & Kiwi Fruit


There are still some late season white grapes on-route to the Middle East but have not made arrival yet due to vessel delays from South Africa.

The Australian white grape harvest will only start now and soon the Middle East will be supplied with white grapes from Australia.

Grapes – Middle East –  Decrease of -25%  on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared  to 2020 season.

In General: In Chile,  the areas that have not been affected by rainfall have seen an increase in demand for their Red globe grapes.

Stone fruit

Shipped YTD from South Africa: There has been an increase of  plums shipped to the Middle East, UK and Europe . The backlog in Cape Town port terminal resulting in  vessel delays and vessels by-passing the port has resulted in vessels bunching increased volumes arriving to markets.

Peaches – Middle East –  increase of 5%  on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared  to 2020 season.

NectarinesMiddle East – decrease of 29% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to 2020 season.

PlumsMiddle East – increase of  4% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to 2020 season.

Apricots –  Middle East – increase of 150% on cumulative volumes shipped to date compared to 2020 season.

In General: South Africa’s deciduous fruit grower organisation (Hortgro) together with UK retailers have an ongoing marketing campaign to highlight the health benefits of South Africa’s stone fruit. The  2021 campaign is targeting customers through on-line and some in-store promotions due to the increase in demand for fresh produce during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Market Prices

CountryVarietySelling Prices week 6Selling Prices week 7
ItalyKiwi (3kg)$5.45 (Dubai)$5.99 – $6.81 (Dubai)
IranKiwi (10kg)$7.00 (Dubai)$5.45 (Dubai)
RSAPlums ( 5 kg)  – Red and Black$8.17 – $8.70 (Dubai)$9.81 – $10.35 (Dubai)
RSAPlums (5kg)$10.21 (Kuwait)$8.56 (Kuwait)
RSAPlums – Yellow$8.17 – $10.00 (Dubai)$9.54- $10.08 (Dubai)
AustraliaNectarines (10kg)$39.93 (Kuwait)$43.23 (Kuwait)
RSAPeaches (2.7kg)$6.67 – $7.47 (Jeddah)$8.27 – $8.80 (Jeddah)
RSAPeaches (3kg)$3.60 (Kuwait)$3.60 (Kuwait)
RSAApricot (5kg) $33.32 (Kuwait)
AustraliaPeaches (10kg)$46.53 (Kuwait)$43.23 (Kuwait)
RSAApricot (5kg)$15.47 – $16.00 (Jeddah)$15.47 – $16.00 (Jeddah)
PeruRed Globe (4.5kg)$11.00 – $11.25 (Dubai)$11.00 – $11.25 (Dubai)
RSARed Seedless$6.81 – $10.90 (Dubai)$8.72 (Dubai)
RSAWhite seedless grapes (4.5kg)$16.00 (Jeddah)$16.00 (Jeddah)
IndiaWhite seedless grapes (4.5kg)$8.80 – $9.33 (Jeddah)$6.93 – $7.47 (Jeddah)
IndiaWhite Grapes$7.63 – $8.72 (Dubai)$5.45 (Dubai)
RSABlack Grapes$4.08 – $11.00 (Dubai)$8.72 (Dubai)
RSATommy Atkins Mango (4kg)$6.50 (Dubai)$6.50 (Dubai)
RSAMango (4kg) $6.93 (Jeddah)

India / Bangladesh


Imported fruit sales will be negatively affected If the wet markets are closed completely again. Talk is that SA have a lot of Packhams en-route to India. Apples prices are maintaining high values. Egyptian Valencia’s prices are dropping weekly. SA have started their Royal Gala packing. The fruit has good colour due to good climatic conditions and this will mean more availability for Indian quality fruit. Chile have also started to pack their Gala crop.


As with last weeks performance, we once again have proof that apples cannot be compared with apples.

Varieties of same origins are showing very different returns across the board.  

There is very positive anticipation for the onset of arrivals from South Africa with Brazil seeing lower demand this year than the previous season.

Egyptian oranges are selling well, whilst mandarins from China are causing some significant dissatisfaction for the Marketeers in Bangladesh.

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