Södra cancels contracting stoppage after late November storm, relaxes sorting requirement to speed up collection, processing of fallen timber

VAXJO, Sweden , December 2, 2011 () – Södra has cancelled its contracting stoppage. At the same time, a special assortment will be introduced for members who have been affected by windthrow caused by the storm which hit southern Sweden on the last weekend in November.

This special assortment has been developed to facilitate processing of the fallen timber and means that members will not need to sort their timber, except for separating hardwood from softwood. Everything can be placed in a stack which Södra will pick up according to contract. Pulp wood and timber can be mixed and payment will be made per cubic metre sub (solid volume under bark) up to a maximum volume of 40 m3sub.

Södra will pay SEK 450 per m3sub for softwood timber and SEK 325 per m3sub for softwood pulp wood in this special assortment. There will be no other price changes as a consequence of the storm.

It is extremely important to deal with windthrown trees as soon as possible as there is a high risk of bark beetle attacks over the coming season, and the insects like to live in fallen trees. At the same time, Södra is encouraging great caution when dealing with windthrown trees as this work is considerably more hazardous than regular cutting work.

"Södra members must receive payment for their timber. By introducing a special assortment, we want to reduce the impact of the storm and make it easier to deal with the trees that were windthrown during the storm", says Håkan Svensson, Director of Forestry at Södra.

The special assortment offer is applicable to timber which has been stacked and registered by 15 March 2012 at the latest.


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