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Russian timber market: potentialities and opportunities unveiled at International Conference in Moscow

On 21 April 2017, the 2nd International Conference "Russia’s market of timber and sawn wood" took place in Moscow.

The event was supported by the department of industry of the KhMAD-Yugra and partnered by BOHNENKAMP AG, StenaLine, Indufor, Heliports of Russia. 

The participants included regulatory authorities, Russian and foreign businesses, timber exchanges, transport operators, sawn wood vendors and exporters.

Ivan Sovetnikov, chairman of the Moscow region forest management committee highlighted the key topics for the forest industry in his opening address. "Being rather controversial, the Forestry code undergoes a lot of changes annually. Today we will examine what has been done right and what kind of fine-tuning the Code is going to need," he said.

This agenda was taken further by Pavel Pavlov, chief adviser of the Presidential State-Legal directorate. He pointed out to the complexity of the forestry Code legal dimension and said that 2017 will see a major overhaul of the Code and related instruments. According to Pavlov, the State Duma is currently considering four bills foresee changes in trading and address the matters of conservation and protection of forest regeneration as well as the ‘forest amnesty’.

Dmitriy Makhonin, vice chairman of the exchange committee of the Federal antimonopoly service of Russia (FAS), spoke about the importance of developing transparent pricing and creating civilized relations among market players as FAS’ the main task. Makhonin said that the government places great emphasis on exchange trading under agreements with regional authorities.

The conference was also attended by international companies and associations that have a strong interest in Russian timber trading and the development of the Russian forest sector.

One of them, Evgeniy Lopatin, senior scientist at the Finnish Natural Research Institute, said that Russia has enormous timber potential but it structurally varies from one region to another. He believes there has been an imbalance between wood processing and timber hubs, further exacerbated by the shortage of railcars. "In other words, balance between economic efficiency and regional technical capacities must be found," he said.

China being a most important buyer of the Russian timber, the presentation by the China Timber and Wood Products Distribution Association (CTWPDA) generated a lot of interest among the audience. Its vice President Li Jgiafen spoke about the development of Sino-Russian timber trade market. "The developed logistics allows the Russian timber to be supplied to Tibet, Xinjiang in the west, Guangdong and Yunnan in the south," said Li Jiafeng. The speaker added that Russia and China jointly participate in such international projects as ‘One Belt and One Road Initiative’, ‘China, Mongolia and Russia Economic Zone’.

China's imports of Russian timber and sawn wood were at the heart of the debate. After the CTWPDA presentation, the conference participants concluded that earlier Russian statistics is well below the figures provided by the Chinese speaker.

While evaluating wood processing prospects, most speakers considered them as start-up projects and laboratory studies.

Conference participants were unanimous in supporting the relevance of the Conference theme and offered a broad-based momentum to resume the discussions next year.

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International Conference: Russia's market of timber and sawn wood 2017 | 21 April 2017 | Moscow

On 21th April 2017, the Intercontinental Hotel Moscow will host the international conference "Russia's market of timber and sawn wood 2017."

The event - supported by the Russia's Ministry of Industry and Trade, Industry department of HMAO-Ugra - will focus on growth prospects for the Russia's national forest industry and will provide a platform for discussion of current issues regarding Russian timber market.

Export trends, processing prospects, lessees’ potential changeover to the intensive model of forest management and regeneration are some of the matters for analysis and definition of the forest industry outlook. 

The regulatory environment of the forest industry will come under special scrutiny. Discussions will revolve around the initiative by Russia’s industry and trade ministry to limit exports of birch as a result of veneer stock shortages in the domestic market and its potential impact. 

The 2017 conference will also debate on timber transportation, the introduction of base railway stations and creation of local hubs on the basis of regular timber transhipment railway stations. 

Main topics on the conference also include:

  • Global trends in logging and wood processing
  • Potential impact from the forthcoming birch export ban
  • New forestry and related legislation. Government agencies’ initiatives
  • Pricing, trading instruments (OTC and exchange trading), foreign and regional best practices in trade and standard development
  • Regional and foreign experience of wood processing. Expanding assortments
  • Lessees’ potential changeover to the intensive model of forest management and regeneration
  • Rolling stock availability crisis – platforms, open-top cars, chip-carriers. Rates analysis. Timber transportation from felling sites
  • Possible revision of road trains loading norms as timber transportation by truck is transfixed by weight-checking stations in the regions

The complete event programme is available here.

For more details, contact +7(495) 775-07-40 or [email protected].

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TTF Annual Dinner to take place on 8th March 2017

The traditional Annual Dinner organised by the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) will take place on the 8th of March 2017 at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.

"The UK is one of the largest destination markets for timber and timber products from across the world", underlined the TTF. "As such, the TTF Annual dinner acts as a leading business networking event for the global timber supply chain."

This year the dinner forms a centre piece between two TTF business seminar events: The International Softwood Shippers Breakfast, on the morning of March 8th; and “Developing the Hardwood Market in the UK” on the 9th.

Each of these events provides an excellent opportunity to hear presentations from leading market players about pressures on supply chains, changing sources of production, the changing nature of the UK timber product portfolio, and how prices and markets are affected by demand in other parts of the globe.

This year, of course, the impact of Brexit is likely to be a dominant theme. Attendees will hear from international producers, UK importer and distributors, as well as merchants, housing, joinery and interior design companies about key drivers for growth in the UK timber sector over the coming years.

Further information is available here.

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