The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia proposed to introduce a ban on the export of wood and a number of products from it by the end of this year.
The ban will affect the list of unfriendly states, including the United States and the countries of the European Union. This will ensure that the needs of the domestic market for affordable raw materials are met, as well as stimulate a further increase in the depth of wood processing within the country.
Birch pulpwood (the main raw material for paper production) and wood chips, which are banned, are critical commodities for the European Union. In particular, Russian producers of these materials account for 10 to 15% of their consumption by Finland, which means that it will be impossible to replace them all at once.
The ban on the export of plywood logs (raw materials for plywood production) against the backdrop of EU anti-dumping duties on finished plywood from Russia will not allow European manufacturers to increase the capacity of their own enterprises at the expense of Russian raw materials.
The draft resolution has already been submitted to the Government.