The Egyptian orange season is in full swing, but faces many challenges due to the Corona virus and the lower yields. "Although not many containers were shipped to China in January / February, this is now in full swing and large volumes are on the way. Demand from other countries in the Far East and Middle East is also high and many containers are being shipped there," says Joey Deen of Denimpex.
He says that the situation in Egypt has also changed as a result of the Corona measures. "The warehouses only have a limited number of hours per day when they are allowed / able to work. And with the Ramadan approaching the end of April, the available staff will decrease even further. As a result of all this, prices in Egypt are rising dramatically because the need for citrus is just huge worldwide!"
"We have had great arrivals in recent weeks, but sales are also huge. Export volumes are now slowly collapsing and this will only continue to decline in the following weeks. We have been working with our supplier for more than 43 years, my grandfather set it up and I am actually very proud that I can continue that today. All our citrus is packaged under the Sunfare brand, which we hold exclusively in Europe. The slogan “obsessed with quality” stands not only for the quality of the fruit but also for continuity and reliability," says Joey. "With all the uncertainty about what's going to happen in South Africa, it may be that we will get prices for Egyptian citrus that we have never seen!"