Increases in export volumes estimated for South Africa’s 2024 citrus season

South Africa
Market & Price Trends
Published Apr 4, 2024

Tridge summary

The Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa (CGA) forecasts an increase in citrus exports from South Africa for the 2024 season, spanning lemons, navel oranges, Valencia oranges, grapefruits, Satsumas, Clementines, and Novas. This optimistic outlook is attributed to younger trees maturing and the reopening of the Chinese market. Despite this positive projection, the industry faces challenges, including rising production costs, infrastructure issues, and stringent EU phytosanitary regulations on Citrus Black Spot and False Coddling Moth, which threaten market access. The CGA is seeking World Trade Organization (WTO) intervention to mitigate these trade barriers.
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Original content

South Africa’s 2024 citrus export season will begin in earnest this month. The variety focus groups of the Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa (CGA) presented their predicted export volumes for the upcoming season at the Citrus Marketing Forum held last week. “Overall, an increase in export volume is expected. South African citrus growers, produce more citrus under challenging circumstances, such as steep increases in input costs, load shedding and deteriorating public infrastructure. This increase is also a result of younger trees coming into production across a number of regions,” notes the CGA. The current prediction is that 37.9 million (15 kg) cartons of Lemons will be exported to key markets, which is an increase of 7% over last year. Predictions show a 4% increase in export volume for Navel oranges, with 25.6 million (15 kg) cartons expected to be packed. After two years of suppressed Valencia orange exports, production is likely to improve in 2024 and return to ...
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