Wood imports from Russia to Finland in 2019

In 2019, 8.73 million cubic meters of wood was imported to Finland from Russia. The total wood imports increased by two per cent, while the volume of wood imported from Russia increased by six per cent. Of the wood imported from Russia, 53 per cent was pulpwood, 34 per cent wood chips and four per cent logs. Imports of chips (+30%) and softwood (+11%) increased, whereas imported volumes of softwood …

Proposal for indirect ban on softwood export rejected

The proposal for an indirect ban on softwood export has been rejected by the Russian Duma without consideration. The proposal was left to the Duma in 2018 and it was justified by increasing wood exports, in particular to China. According to the proposal,  softwood harvesting would have been permitted until the end of 2030 only for processing and use in the territory of the Russian Federation. Sources: https://sozd.duma.gov.ru/bill/470635-7, BSRforest

Russian roundwood exports at record low levels in 2019

16 million cubic meters of industrial roundwood was exported from Russia in 2019. Export volumes decreased 16 per cent from the previous year and were at their lowest in the last 20 years. In 2019, 15.86 million cubic meters of industrial roundwood was exported from Russia, which is 16 per cent less than in the previous year. Exports were at a record low, the last time they were at the …

Russian forest industry in 2019

Russian industrial output grew by two per cent in 2019 compared with the previous year. The production index of the wood products industry grew by five per cent and the chemical forest industry by three per cent. Export volumes were on the rise in the wood products industry in particular. According to the national statistics, Russia produced 30 million cubic meters of sawnwood in 2019, of which coniferous sawnwood accounted …

Far Eastern industry requests reduction of wood export duties

The forest industry in the Far East is in deep crisis and major companies are going bankrupt or close to it, says regional forest industry association Dalexportles in a petition to the president’s administration. The association’s members cover half of the wood harvesting in the Far Eastern Federal District and 80 percent of the wood processing. According to Dalexportles, the industry will retain a quarter of its current capacity, personnel …

Vologda region strives to process 100% of harvested wood

Vologda region is expected to process 100 percent of the harvested wood by 2024, says governor Oleg Kuvshinnikov. Only processed and high-quality products will be placed on the market in the future. The forest industry in the Vologda region is developing and new wood processing plants are being opened every year. 2018 was a record year, with 17.7 million cubic meters of wood harvested, of which 75 percent was processed. …

Discussion on sawn wood export duty and legality of forest lease contracts

The working group against illegal timber trade under Russian Government discussed the export of roundwood and sawn wood, the monitoring of timber transportation and the legality of forest lease contracts. The problem related to sawn wood exports was raised. In order to avoid export duties, some companies have started to export roughly sawn wood (export code 4407) instead of roundwood, and now the aim is to eliminate the phenomenon. Customs …

VR Group started wood import traffic from Russia

In the spring, VR Group announced that it seeks new growth by establishing a subsidiary to purchase and operate wagons in Russia. The start-up of the company has progressed rapidly. The first 24 roundwood wagons have been completed and commercial traffic has begun for the first customer. The company operates under the name Finnlog. Source: VR Group

Regulation on softwood exports

Decree of the Russian Government 31.8. N 1124 1) introduces changes to the application procedure for a softwood quota license for Russian wood harvesting companies. Subsequently, the application for a reduced export duty quota must include the date and number of the timber trade notification to the monitoring system LesEGAIS. The purpose of the amendment is to improve the verification of wood origin and the transparency of timber trade. Government …

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