The Russian Regions
- Dramatically increase the company’s timber harvest by 20%–30% through intensive forestry management;
- Increase logging productivity growth by 30%;
- Reduce log delivery costs by 10% (in real terms); and
- Increase the sawlog versus pulp log share by at least 25% by 2030.
For example, comparing 2013 (before the devaluation) to 2015 (with the ruble devalued by about 50%), the following changes in transportation costs occurred:
- Siberia to Manzhouli (mainland crossing in Northern China): US$40/m3 to US$20/m3;
- Russian Far East to Manzhouli: US$56/m3 to US$30/m3; and
- Western Russia to Manzhouli: US$95/m3 to US$50/m3.
With such close and low-cost proximity to the world’s second-largest economy, increases in Russia’s export-oriented production are expected to be a key initiative for its log and wood products sector.
The 6'th Global Softwood Log and Lumber Conference in Vancouver, Canada is organized by International Wood Markets Group. The two-day conference has brought together hundreds leaders of global wood industry.
Source: Pulpaper Newscom, FridayOFFCuts