Capespan is predicting a 50% increase in orange volumes from Egypt in 2005 after two “excellent” trading seasons with the country.
Deliveries to the UK this year from Egypt would be around 200,000 cartons, compared with around 100,000 in 2004.
The company said that it would be looking to charter a vessel every second week for the 10-14 day voyage to Sheerness. Egypt boasts near-perfect conditions for orange growing, with limited rainfall, high sunshine levels and cool evenings, which allow the fruit to colour up.
Water is guaranteed from the River Nile.
The Egyptian orange season runs from January, with Navels and Baladis, and moves onto Valencias in March. Oranges are available into June.