There are mixed reports on the progress of new potato crops around the Mediterranean, which play a major role in supplying the UK spring market.
Poor weather has affected lifting in Majorca, which may mean lower volumes for Easter. Low temperatures have also hit Portuguese vegetables.
With the Cyprus new potato spring crop just around the corner, initial fears that frost in the Aya Napa region could delay lifting have so far been allayed. The first vessel is expected to leave on March 23.
Egyptian shipments remain light and at 3,800 tonnes are only half the volume shipped to the UK this time last year.