Egyptian exporters are gearing up for the citrus season, which officially begins on December 15, but it remains unclear how prices will compare to last season. Mahmoud Esawy, export manager at Al Wessam Company for Agri Crops, shares his insights.
According to previous statements from professional sources, an increase in prices is necessary to cover increased production costs, and to reflect the quality of Egyptian citrus this season as well as the supply-demand balance for citrus on the global market. In Esawy's view, Egyptian exporters need to be highly flexible.
Esawy says, "It's true that our position among the competitors is advantageous, both in terms of volume and quality. Egypt will be in competition with Greece and Türkiye , but we have abundant volumes, very good quality this season with availability of all sizes, and a wide range of varieties, from Mandarins, Murcott, Lemon, Navel Orange, Valencia And Baladi Orange. This allows us to meet all market requirements. But still, we don't have total freedom price-wise."