The Egyptian season for Valencia is going a bit slower than usual, no doubt due to the challenges in logistics. One exporter has a positive view on the upcoming months, though, hoping things will improve in the months of April and May.
In Egypt, the season for Valencias is well underway. According to Mohamed Elkhtib, export manager for Zamel for Import & Export, the season has started slower than usual. “I think the season is going pretty well so far, we’ve exported about a thousand tons of Valencias so far and expect to export another 3000 tons by the end of May. We did start a bit slower than previous seasons, but so far I’m not worried. We do see mainly large sizes this season, 48, 56 and 64.”
The logistics are an issue for Elkhtib right now, and prices are rising still: “Logistics are difficult all over the world these days. Getting our produce to China is quite challenging right now, which is our main market. However I’m trying with all shipping lines to get better prices and regularly scheduled vessels on the way. I hope this issue gets solved as soon as possible, as product prices are rising all over the world. I would love to ship more to Europe as well, like Belgium or Croatia. Or even an overseas market like Canada. The world will need each other in a time like this.” he concludes.