Development of Russian forest sector in the first quarter 2020

In January-March 2020, Russian roundwood production remained at the previous year’s level, while in Northwest Russia it decreased by four per cent. Roundwood exports decreased by almost a quarter compared to the previous year, with the largest decline to China (-34%). In addition to the corona epidemic, roundwood export was affected by the stricter phytosanitary requirements imposed by China. The amount of roundwood exported to Finland decreased by nine per …

The Government does not support the Sveza’s pulp mill plan

The Russian Government does not support Sveza’s plan to build a new pulp mill in the Vologda region. The State Duma deputy from Yaroslavl region expressed her concern about the state of the environment to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin during his visit to Yaroslavl region. According to Mishustin, the Rybinski Reservoir cannot withstand the additional load caused by the pulp mill. The mill would worsen the state of the environment …

Statistical review – Wood production in 2019

The statistical review provides information on the development of fellings and roundwood production during 2009-2019. It covers 11 selected regions in the Central and Northwestern Federal Districts. Contents: Basic information about forest resources and fellings by regions: growing stock, annual increment, annual allowable cut and fellings in 2018. Development of fellings 2009-2019 by regions. Production of timber assortments in 2018 and 2019 in the Central and Northwestern Federal Districts. Roundwood …

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 …

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