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

Logging companies in difficulties in Russia

The exceptionally warm winter has caused difficulties for logging companies in Russia. The lack of ice roads and the poor condition of forest roads have caused problems in wood transportation. In the Arkhangelsk region, for example, less than one-third of the planned ice road connections have been opened. Companies have asked the authorities to postpone forest use fees to overcome the difficulties. In addition, assistance has been requested for solving …

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 …

Updated map of FSC-certified forests in Russia

The map of FSC-certified forests in Russia has been updated (as of 12.2019). The map service also includes official protected areas and the Intact Forest Landscapes mapped by the environmental organizations. Map service: fscrus.nextgis.com In the information of selected object there is a direct link to a more detailed description of the certified area in the FSC International Database.

Segezha Group acquired Finnish sawmill in Kostamuksha

The Segezha Group has acquired Karelian Wood Company, a sawmill owned by Pin Arctic Oy in Kostomuksha in the Republic of Karelia. The annual production capacity of the sawmill is 250,000 cubic meters of sawnwood. Annual allowable cut in the leased forests is 200,000 cubic meters. The acquisition will increase the efficiency of wood procurement at the Karelian plants of Segezha Group. It will also improve the availability of raw …

National park Koigorodski established in the Republic of Komi

A new national park, ‘Koigorodski’, has been established in the Republic of Komi with an area of 56,700 hectares. The national park is the largest protected intact forest landscape in the southern taiga zone of Russia. Forests are mostly old spruce stands that have been completely out of use. There are almost one hundred rare or endangered plant species and more than 20 protected animal species. The connection with the …

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 …

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