Russian timber may encounter new opportunities for development

Russian timber may encounter new opportunities for development

Amendment to Article 29 of the Forest Law of the Russian Federation – From 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2030, the cutting of coniferous trees can only be used for processing in the Russian Federation. Moreover, according to the import data of China’s Manzhouli Customs, Russian timber imports have been decreasing in recent years. This restricts exports, and imports are decreasing. How can there be new opportunities for development?

First: According to the Sino-Russian Information Network, the trade volume between China and Russia in the first quarter of 2019 was 241.71 US dollars, an increase of 4.2% over the same period last year. Such economic growth is inseparable from the cooperation between China and Russia in the “New Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “Marine Silk Road of the 21st Century”. Under the circumstances of “one belt and one road”, trade between China and Russia will surely become better and better.

Secondly, the forest law of the Russian Federation stipulates that coniferous forests can only be processed within the federal territory, which means that the era of logs exported by Russia to China will stop at the end of 19 years. Later wood imported from Russia was planks rather than logs. Because of the diversity and complexity of Russian plate sizes, it will promote domestic wood processing enterprises to innovate technology, so that different sizes of Russian plate can be fully utilized, and the number of enterprises in industry and trade will continue to increase, which is a good thing.

Third: To promote the construction of timber industry parks in the western border areas of China. Take April 10, Wuhan Port Development Group and Alashankou City signed the “Alashankou International Timber Industry Park Investment Cooperation Agreement” in Han, which not only promoted the economic development of Xinjiang, but also promoted social stability.

Fourth: Convenient use of wood in inland cities. For example, Hubei province can no longer rely too much on imported timber processing from Shanghai and Taicang, but directly use the Russian timber along the “one belt and one way”, thus greatly reducing the transportation cost.

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