The Egyptian lemon season is starting and thanks to the weather the Egyptians will have larger volumes available this year. There is a lot of variety when it comes to sizes, which is good for one Egyptian exporter as his markets all required different sizes.
According to Mohamed Elkhtib, there will be more lemons available in Egypt compared to earlier years, thanks to the weather: “Our expectation for this year’s volumes is that they will be higher than they were in the previous years. This has to do with the weather, as the conditions in Egypt were very good this year for the cultivation of lemons. The lemons are available in all kinds of sizes, they begin at 64 and go up to 138, and everything in between.”
The fact there are all sorts of sizes available is great for Zamel, as the exporter supplies lemons to various markets, which all have their own preferences when it comes to the sizes. “For the Egyptian lemons, our main Asian markets are Malaysia and Indonesia. In terms of sizes, they prefer the 88/100/113 sizes of lemons. Russia and Europe prefer the 72/80/88/100 sizes while the markets in Africa prefer the 80/88/100/113/125. The markets in the Gulf countries take all sizes of the lemons,” Elkhtib explains. “Demand for the lemons starts around the end of October, countries are trying to have enough stock for the Christmas season. This demand will slow down a little once the Valencia oranges go into season, which should be by the end of February.”
Everywhere, around the globe, the price of shipping produce has increased significantly. This will have an effect on the price of the product as well: “I assume prices will move a little higher than they were last season, which has everything to do with the increased shipping costs. These increased costs are felt around the globe. The fact that demand for lemons is high will also drive the prices up a little. I expect demand to really pick up by the beginning of November, and the yellow colored lemons will reach 75-80% of their natural color by the end of November.” Elkhtib concludes.