Taking advantage of the devaluation of the Egyptian pound, some Egyptian citrus exporters have offered lower prices compared to the previous season, the decrease is up to 5%.
This is the case of the exporter Alwessam for agricultural crops, whose export programs begin on December 1st. The company exports Navel oranges, Baladi oranges, Eureka A lemons, seeded mandarins Fermont, Keny, and Honey Mercott, and seedless mandarins Maraf and Tango.
Mr. Omar Elsafi, the company's commercial director, said that "this season's volumes are higher than last year, with an increase of at least 8%. The quality is really good. We don't have big quantities of large sized fruits, small and medium sizes are more present."
Omar says he has already received orders for his import programs: "For oranges, we have demand for large sizes coming from Russia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brazil, Vietnam, UK, Poland, Netherlands, and small orders from China. Demand for medium sizes is mainly from the Middle East, India, and African countries. For small sizes, we have received orders from the Maldives and Mauritius."
As for other varieties, Mr. Omar continues "demand for mandarins and lemons is coming in the Middle East, and fresh colored lemons are going to the Far East and African countries."
In Eastern European markets, demand is still a bit slow due to Greek competition. Mr. Omar explains that "Greek citrus is of very good quality and the geographical proximity makes transportation faster."
Export programs made available by Alwessam will continue until June, with the Valencia oranges closing the season.