The ban on the export of untreated wood may affect the activities of 4 thousand organizations, the Rosselkhoznadzor

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AK&M 23 July 2021 18:12
From January 1, 2022, the export of unprocessed and roughly processed softwood and valuable hardwoods from the territory of Russia will stop. The ban will affect the activities of about 4 thousand organizations that, according to the LesEGAIS system, were engaged in the export of wood in 2020. This is stated in the press service of the Ministry of Natural Resources. 

According to the Federal Customs Service of Russia, in 2020, the volume of exports of unprocessed timber in Russia as a whole amounted to 15.5 million cubic meters, or 7.2% of the total volume of harvested wood.

Among the regions with the largest export volumes of round timber, the Khabarovsk Territory should be noted (2.7 million cubic meters. m), the Vologda region (2.2 million cubic meters. m), Irkutsk region (1.9 million cubic meters. m), Primorsky Krai (1.6 million cubic meters m), the Leningrad region (1 million cubic meters. m), Krasnoyarsk Territory (0.8 million cubic meters m), Karelia (0.7 million cubic meters). These entities account for 70% of the country's total exports of unprocessed timber.

In value terms, the maximum share of untreated wood from the total volume of exports of wood and products from it falls on the Far East – 42%. For comparison, the average for Russia is 12%. Therefore, in order to minimize the possible risks from the ban on the export of untreated wood and to increase processing capacities, a number of measures are being worked out in relation to the Far Eastern Federal District.

Thus, the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia and the Ministry of Regional Development of Russia are developing "road maps" to stimulate deep processing of wood in the Far East. And the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, with the participation of a number of federal executive authorities, have prepared a draft action plan for the implementation of the Strategy for the Development of the Forest Complex until 2030, which contains a set of measures for the development of the Far Eastern forest complex.