The congestion in South African port terminals has not changed due to equipment shortages and getting containers shipped is still a problem. Due to the global shortage of equipment and increasing cost to reposition equipment into South Africa,  shipping lines have increased their freights rates and applied an EBS Surcharge (Reefer Eqipement imbalance surcharge) and a congestion surcharge.  Depots are running at full capacity as they are not able to load out containers fast enough.

The Market in the GCC countries remains slow with a low demand for most commodities. New curfew times in Kuwait has been implemented from the Government starting on the 07th March for 1 month from 17h00-05h00. Since the 24 February, Kuwait has closed it’s land and sea borders with the exception of shipping operations . Different curfew times and rules are applied to the different countries in the Middle East, however most countries have closed entertainment facilities and restaurants are either closed or only operating at 50% capacity and large gatherings are prohibited. 

In Saudi Arabia, authorities have imposed strict regulations on the importing of goods from other countries. Customers need to first register and obtain authorisation before importing items/commodities into the country and this regulation is until further notice.

In the UAE, they have announced the extension of COVID-19 safety measures until the start of Ramadan in mid-April, to curb the spread of the virus.

1.00 USD = 3.67 AED (Emirate Dirham)
1.00 USD = 3.75 SAD (Saudi Riyals)
1.00 USD = 84.78 BDT (Bangladeshi Taka)
1.00 USD = 73.04 INR (Indian Rupees)
1.00 USD = 15.30 ZAR (South African Rand)


Weather permitting, lemon packing should start picking up from week 10 onwards in the Northern areas of  South Africa..

Market update: In Dubai , the first lemons from South Africa has made arrival in the market.  Higher price levels for South African lemons followed by Turkey in the market.  Downward trend on price lemons for Egyptian lemons as they compete with both South Africa and Turkey in the market..

Market Prices

CountryVarietySelling Prices week 8Selling Prices week 9
Lebanon Navels (6kg)$1.62 (Kuwait)$1.62 (Kuwait)
Egypt Navels (7kg)$2.45 (Kuwait)$2.45 (Kuwait)
Egypt Navels (7.5kg)$4.53 – $5.07 (Jeddah)$4.53 – $5.07 (Jeddah)
Syria Navels (7kg)$1.62 (Kuwait)$1.62 (Kuwait)
Spain Navels (10kg)$8.56 (Kuwait)$8.56 (Kuwait)
Spain Navels $12.26 (Dubai)
Lebanon Navels (14kg)$6.08 (Kuwait)$6.08 (Kuwait)
Syria Navels (14kg)$5.25 (Kuwait)$5.25 (Kuwait)
Egypt Navels (15kg)$7.73 (Kuwait)$7.73 (Kuwait)
Egypt Navels$9.26 – $9.81 (Dubai)$8.99 – $9.26 (Dubai)
TurkeyLemons (5kg)$1.95 (Kuwait)$1.95 (Kuwait)
TurkeyLemons (10kg)$6.91 (Kuwait)$6.91 (Kuwait)
ChinaLemons (15kg) cnt 100-113$15.20 – $16.00 (Jeddah)$15.20 – $16.00 (Jeddah)
TurkeyLemons (15kg)$16.35 – $16.89 (Dubai)$16.35 (Dubai)
TurkeyLemons (15kg)$11.86 (Kuwait)$11.86 (Kuwait)
EgyptLemons (15kg)$12.68 (Kuwait)$12.68 (Kuwait)
EgyptLemons (15kg)$12.26 (Dubai)$11.72 – $12.26 (Dubai)
EgyptLemons (15kg) cnt100/113/125/138$12.80 – $14.67 (Jeddah)$12.80 – $14.67 (Jeddah)
RSALemons (15kg) $17.71 – $18.26 (Dubai)
LebanonValencias (5kg)$1.96 (Kuwait)$1.96 (Kuwait)
EgyptValencias (7.5kg)$1.95 (Kuwait)$1.95 (Kuwait)
EgyptValencias (15kg)$7.73 (Kuwait)$7.73 (Kuwait)
EgyptValencias (15kg) cnt 72-100$5.33 – $8.00 (Jeddah)$5.33 – $8.00 (Jeddah)
EgyptValencias$8.17 – $8.72 (Dubai)$7.63- $7.90 (Dubai)
LebanonSoft Citrus (5kg) – Nova$1.95 (Kuwait)$1.95 (Kuwait)
SyriaSoft Citrus (6kg) – Nova$1.95 (Kuwait)$1.95 (Kuwait)
EgyptSoft Citrus (8kg) – Nova$3.27 (Kuwait)$3.27 (Kuwait)
AustraliaSoft Citrus (8kg)$6.08 (Kuwait)$6.08 (Kuwait)
MoroccoMandarin (10kg)$14.93 – $16.00 (Jeddah)$24.00 – $28.80 (Jeddah)
MoroccoSoft Citrus (10kg)$10.21 (Kuwait)$6.08 (Kuwait)
MoroccoNadorcott $12.26 – $12.81 (Dubai)
PakistanSoft Citrus (10kg)$5.25 (Kuwait)$5.25 (Kuwait)
PakistanMandarin$5.99 – $6.54 (Dubai)$5.72 – $5.99 (Dubai)
TurkeySoft Citrus (10kg)$6.91 (Kuwait)$6.91 (Kuwait)
SpainMandarin (10kg)$12.80 – $13.33 (Jeddah)$11.47 – $12.00 (Jeddah)
SpainSoft Citrus (10kg) $6.91 (Kuwait)
TurkeyGrapefruit (7kg)$3.60 (Kuwait)$3.60 (Kuwait)
TurkeyGrapefruit (15kg)$7.36 (Dubai)$7.36 (Dubai)
TurkeyGrapefruit (15kg)$11.86 (Kuwait)$11.86 (Kuwait)


Market update: Vessel delays as a result of equipment shortages in South Africa has resulted in a knock- on effect with vessels arriving in the GCC countries at the same time . This has resulted in higher volumes of pears arriving in the market at the same time causing the market and price levels to be under pressure. Fortunately the packing of summer pears has ended in the Western Cape and with the season being 5-10 days later, the packing of the first winter Forelle and Vermont Beaut pears is only expected to start towards the end of week 10/beginning of week 11.

In  General: South Africa will have a good apple and pear crop this season with new planting on apples coming into production this season.  The first shipments of apples from Chile has been sent to the GCC countries.  There has been a higher demand from Saudi Arabia particularly for shipments in week 8-9 from Chile to arrive in the   market Pre-Ramadan sales in week 14-15.

Market Prices

CountryVarietySelling Prices week 8Selling Prices week 9
ItalyGranny Smith (18kg)$31.67 (Kuwait)$28.37 (Kuwait)
SerbiaGranny Smith (18kg)$31.67 (Kuwait)$25.07 (Kuwait)
FranceGranny Smith (18kg)$31.67 (Kuwait)$28.37 (Kuwait)
GreeceGranny Smith (18kg) $25.07(Kuwait)
TurkeyGranny Smith (18kg)$28.67 (Kuwait)$28.67 (Kuwait)
Italy / FranceGranny Smith (18kg)$36.70- $36.95 (Dubai)$27.25 – $32.85 (Dubai)
ItalyGranny Smith (18kg) cnt 100/113/125 $22.93 – $24.00 (Jeddah)
ItalyGolden Delicious (18kg) cnt 100/113/125 $24.80 – $25.33 (Jeddah)
FranceGolden Delicious (18kg)$23.42 (Kuwait)$23.42 (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)$23.42 (Kuwait)$23.42 (Kuwait)
ItalyRed Delicious (18kg)$20.11 (Kuwait)$20.11 (Kuwait)
TurkeyFuji (18kg)$13.51 (Kuwait)$13.51 (Kuwait)
UkraineRoyal Gala (18kg)$22.59 (Kuwait)$22.59 (Kuwait)
USARoyal Gala (18kg)$33.00- $33.25 (Dubai)$34.00- $34.25 (Dubai)
ItalyRoyal Gala (18kg)$23.42 (Kuwait)$23.42 (Kuwait)
Italy / FranceRoyal Gala (18kg)$25.61 – $32.25 (Dubai)$26.15 – $26.97 (Dubai)
ItalyRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100 – 138$24.27- $25.33 (Jeddah)$24.27- $25.33 (Jeddah)
USARoyal Gala (18kg)$26.72 (Kuwait)$26.72 (Kuwait)
SerbiaRoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 100 – 113$25.75 – $26.00 (Dubai)$25.75 – $26.00 (Dubai)
New ZealandRoyal Gala (18kg)$25.89 (Kuwait)$25.89 (Kuwait)
RSARoyal Gala (18kg) cnt 120 $25.00 – $25.25 (Dubai)
SerbiaRoyal Gala (19kg)$21.76 (Kuwait)$21.76 (Kuwait)
TurkeyPears (4kg)$2.78 (Kuwait)$2.78 (Kuwait)
ArgentinaPears (10kg) $13.51 (Kuwait)
USAD’Anjou (10kg)$20.40 – $20.65 (Dubai)$19.00 – $19.25 (Dubai)
RSAWilliams BC’s Pears (12kg)$14.00 – $14.25 (Dubai)$14.00 – $14.25 (Dubai)
RSARosemarie Pears (12kg) cnt 90/96/112/120$16.00 – $18.67 (Jeddah)$16.00 – $18.67 (Jeddah)
RSARosemarie Pears (12kg) $25.07 (Kuwait)$23.42 (Kuwait)
RSARosemarie Pears (12kg) $21.75 – $22.00 (Dubai)$14.99 – $17.90 (Dubai)
RSASempre Pears (12kg) cnt 90/96/112/120$13.33 – $16.00 (Jeddah)$13.33 – $16.00 (Jeddah)
RSASempre Pears (12kg)$20.11 (Kuwait)$20.11 (Kuwait)
RSASempre Pears (12kg)$18.50 – $18.75 (Dubai)$12.26 – $15.25 (Dubai)

Grape, Stone & Kiwi Fruit


The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) has announced that the country could exceed 70 million cartons for the first time in history, however final export volumes to be released at a later date.. 

Shipped YTD – South Africa

The market is currently supplied with Grapes from South Africa and India. Price levels on white grapes from South Africa continue to hold at higher price levels while India competes with South Africa with lower price levels.

Stone fruit

Market update: There has been an increase in plum arrivals to the GCC countries .  South Africa has a bigger Plum crop this season and are up by +47% on all plum varieties compared to last season. The remainder of the tail-end of the volume for the season will be distributed predominantly to the UK and  European markets with some volume going to the  Middle East.

Market Prices

CountryVarietySelling Prices week 8Selling Prices week 9
ItalyKiwi (3kg)$5.99 – $7.35 (Dubai)$5.99 – $7.35 (Dubai)
IranKiwi (10kg)$7.00 (Dubai)$7.60 (Dubai)
GreeceKiwi $4.63 – $4.90 (Dubai)
RSAPlums ( 5 kg)  – Red and Black$5.45 – $8.00 (Dubai)$5.45 – $8.00 (Dubai)
RSAPlums (5kg)$6.91 (Kuwait)$6.91 (Kuwait)
RSAPlums – Yellow$8.72 – $12.25 (Dubai)$8.72 – $11.00 (Dubai)
AustraliaNectarines (10kg)$46.53 (Kuwait)$43.23 (Kuwait)
RSANectarines (3kg)$6.91 (Kuwait)$6.08 (Kuwait)
RSANectarines$8.17 – $8.72 (Dubai)$5.99 – $10.30 (Dubai)
RSAPeaches (2.7kg)$8.27 – $8.80 (Jeddah)$8.80 – $9.33 (Jeddah)
RSAPeaches$9.45 – $10.08 (Dubai)$7.36 – $9.50 (Dubai)
AustraliaPeaches (10kg)$46.53 (Kuwait)$43.23 (Kuwait)
RSAApricot (5kg)$11.86 (Kuwait)$6.91 (Kuwait)
RSARed Seedless$11.99 (Dubai)$12.26 (Dubai)
RSAWhite seedless grapes (4.5kg)$16.00 (Jeddah)$16.00 (Jeddah)
RSAWhite Grapes$12.26 (Dubai)$12.25 – $12.81 (Dubai)
IndiaWhite seedless grapes (4.5kg)$6.93 – $7.47 (Jeddah)$7.47 – $8.00 (Jeddah)
IndiaWhite Grapes$5.18 – $5.99 (Dubai)$4.63 – $5.72 (Dubai)
IndiaBlack Grapes$5.72 – $6.54 (Dubai)$5.45 – $6.27 (Dubai)
RSABlack Grapes$10.35 – $10.90 (Dubai)$10.08 – $10.90 (Dubai)
RSATommy Atkins Mango (4kg)$8.70 (Dubai)$10.00 (Dubai)
RSAMango (4kg)$7.47 (Jeddah)$8.00 (Jeddah)

India / Bangladesh


It looks like this year will be dictated by equipment and shipping shortages and not by Covid. Those that are lucky enough to get equipment will survive. India market is still good on Apples. Pears are maintaining and citrus still struggling. We notice that Southern Hemisphere countries are shipping more apples to India than last season. This is due to the USA not shipping anymore and importers now supplementing the USA supply with SH supply.


Whilst the market in Bangladesh continues to trade, concerns around supply to market become the primary focus.

Idle time for vessels caused by congestion at Chittagong harbour makes it a less than preferred destination, tying up both vessels and equipment for extended periods of time, combined with the global container shortage exacerbating the issue.

The demand for South African apples is good, although shipping options are dwindling.

Mandarins should start to see some recovery with the supply from Bhutan coming to an end.

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