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Patrick Konings, Marni Fruit:

"Overflowing supply of Egyptian oranges expected in Europe"

The first containers of Navels from Egypt arrived at Marni Fruit yesterday. "We have now been active in the import of Egyptian citrus for around six years and receive a little more every year," says Patrick Konings. He is biting his nails this year. "I expect a difficult season. There is over-production, mainly of large sizes. I hope we won't get dumping prices, but I'm afraid we might. Prices of 9-10 Euros for the first arrivals is actually too low."

The Navel season is followed by the Baladi's, after which the first Valencias arrive in February. "Where we mostly received small sizes last year, it is the opposite now. The small sizes are sought after by packagers, so it's possible there may be some money to be made there," continues the importer. He names the weather conditions as an advantage compared to the Spanish oranges. "You can be certain of one thing, the fruit always grows and it's always available. You couldn't say that of Spain in recent weeks."

"Last year some containers with Egyptian citrus were destroyed due to excessive MRLs. The checks are strict, particularly for destinations such as the Far East and China, and this brings people to Europe. There will be stricter checks in the Netherlands over the coming year on the values and excesses. I do believe the quality of the Egyptian oranges is improving over the years. Of course there are differences, but most packaging stations are up to date and have a good quality of oranges arriving," concludes Patrick.

For more information:
Patrick Konings
Marni Fruit
Gebroken Meeldijk 52
2991 VD Barendrecht
Tel: +31 (0)180 697 989

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