There is still a high demand for pears, apples, and lemons from South Africa in the GCC countries.

Current shipping from South Africa to make arrival for pre-Ramadan sales subject to no shipping delays. Ramadan will run from the 2nd of April till the 2nd of May.

1.00 USD = 3.67 AED (Emirate Dirham)
1.00 USD = 3.75 SAD (Saudi Riyals)
1.00 USD = 85.36 BDT (Bangladeshi Taka)
1.00 USD = 74.57 INR (Indian Rupees)
1.00 USD = 15.02 ZAR (South African Rand)


Market update on Citrus from South Africa

Increase in demand for lemons from South Africa in the GCC countries. So far, not a lot of lemons have been shipped.

Mandarins from Morocco/Spain are doing well in the Dubai market and these countries should continue until May.  The Tango’s with a leaf is selling for $17.00 (7kg) and receives a premium in the market.

The market is not doing well for oranges from Egypt. There is about 1 month left for Navels from Egypt and then the Egyptian valencias will run until the end of June and hopefully not until August like last season, as it clashed with RSA valencias

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)


Rosemarie/Sempre (non-blush Rosemarie) pears have finished. Flamingo/Frempre (non-blush Flamingo) and Cheeky/Cape Rose (non-blush Cheeky) are currently being packed. The packing of the new season South African Forelle winter pears will start in week 10/11.

New Season Golden Delicious picking/packing will start in week 8/9.

Market update

There is a high demand for pears in the GCC countries with Dubai selling at very high price levels for the WBC, Rosemarie, and Sempre from South Africa. The first summer pears from South Africa will start making an arrival in Saudi Arabia.

Most Northern Hemisphere countries are still in the market (Portugal/Ukraine/Poland/Moldocvae/Italy/France) except for Serbia on Royal Gala apples. High price levels for Royal Gala from Italy should still be available until mid-March.

Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples have been performing well in the market this season. The market is supplied with green apples from Italy/France/Serbia.

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)

Grape, Stone & Kiwi Fruit

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

South African plums shipped to the Middle East are up by 11% compared to last season. Chile has started shipping a small volume of plums to the Middle East and will compete with the South African plums in the market. A continued downward trend for Plums, Peaches, and Nectarines in the GCC countries due to too much volume in the market, but Apricots are selling at high price levels in Dubai, due to limited availability.

Update on Grapes and a market update in the GCC countries

There has been an increase in Grape volumes to the Middle East. Indian grapes are not performing well in the market and the market collapsed in the last 10 days. This is mainly due to the big volume of grapes making arrival from India and South Africa. Market price levels for Indian grapes are between $5.00 to $6.00 in Dubai. India still has some volume left and can ship grapes until the end of March.

Update on Kiwi Fruit and a market update in the GCC countries

Dubai market is supplied with Kiwi fruit from Italy, Greece, and Iran.  The Gold variety Kiwi fruit from China has just made its arrival in Dubai and is selling at high price levels of $12,25 (3kg). The Gold variety from Italy is performing very well in the market and selling at high price levels of $20,40 (3kg).

Update on Mangoes from South Africa

South Africa is at the tail-end of the season and next week will be the last packing week for export. In Dubai, the price has increased by $1.00 in the market. The market is currently supplied with Tommy Atkins/Shelly and Keitt varieties.

Market Prices (Dubai and Kuwait)

India / Bangladesh


No report.


A slight uptick in apple prices brings relief to importers, allowing trades at break-even levels vs selling below cost.

Pear prices have decreased somewhat, selling around $1-$2 lower than last week.

Oranges have made a downward turn, whilst mandarins are still moving at less than desirable market levels.

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