South Africa lemon export quantities

In 2019 South Africa shipped 3,623,447 tonnes of lemon. Through 2019 alone, the demand for South Africa lemon (fruits category) has escalated, recording a change of 0.65698149 % compared to the year 2018. Between 2017 and 2019, lemon's exports went up by 6.19 pc netting the nation US$282.16m for the year 2019. South Africa's lemon exports are classified as:

  • Fresh or dried lemons "Citrus limon, Citrus limonum" and limes "Citrus aurantifolia, Citrus latifolia" (HS code 080550)
  • Fresh or dried lemons "Citrus limon, Citrus limonum" and limes "Citrus aurantifolia" (HS code 080530)


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South Africa lemon export values

In 2019, South Africa shipped lemon valued at 282.16m USD, an increment of 4.67% from 2018's total lemon export of 269.561m USD. The annual increase in value of South Africa lemon between 2017 to 2018 was -8.057 per cent.

The annual variation in the volume of South Africa's lemon exports between 2017 and 2019 was 6.19% compared to a variation of 0.65698149% in the period between 2018 and 2019.

South Africa's portion of the world's total lemon's exports in 2019 was less than 1%. South Africa is ranked number 31 in world exports of lemon.


Export markets for South Africa lemon ( in '000$ )

South Africa's best performing destinations for lemon are the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Russia and United Kingdom (UK).


Import/Export Trends

South Africa is a net exporter of lemon. The annual growth of South Africa lemon in value between 2015 to 2019 was -17%, per annum, while annual growth in quantity through the same period was -22%, per annum.

South Africa ordered 983 tonnes of lemon in 2019.


The production of lemon in South Africa was 1,021,048 tonnes in 2019 and is estimated to change by an average of 7.67%. The country had an estimated 49,084.00 hectares under lemon cultivation.