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 …

Producer prices for roundwood in Northwest Russia May – July 2019

The average producer price* of softwood logs in Northwest Russia was EUR 38 per cubic meter in May-July 2019. The price of hardwood logs was 44 euros, hardwood rotary-cut veneer logs 47 euros, softwood pulp 23 euros and hardwood pulp 21 euros. The price of hardwood pulpwood for export markets was 23 euros. Producer prices for roundwood in Northwest Russia: There is no comprehensive statistical data available on market prices …

Lower limit of prosecution for illegal wood export

Timber is classified as a strategically important resource and its illegal export is subject to prosecution under Russian Criminal Code. Previously, the prosecution could have been brought if the value of illegally exported timber exceeded one million rubles (about € 13,700 *). Now the indictment limit has been lowered to 100,000 rubles (€ 1370 *). Firewood, roundwood, poles, sawnwood and sheet of veneer are classified as timber (4401, 4403, 4404, …

Wood import to Finland May 2019

In May Finland’s wood imports totalled 1.01 million cubic metres. Of imported wood 60 per cent was pulpwood, 32 per cent chips and four per cent logs. The share of fuelwood, preserved wood and wood residues was in total four per cent. In January-May wood imports totalled 4.61 million cubic metres which increased by 18 per cent compared to the same period previous year. Russia’s share of wood imports in …

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