Russian sawn timber exports to China via border town of Suifenhe jump 66% year-over-year to 310,000 m3 in Q1, log exports advance 38% to 990,000 m3; analysts attribute rise to logging ban in Heilongjiang province's state forests

LOS ANGELES , April 29, 2014 () – Russian lumber and log imports to China via the border town of Suifenhe in Heilongjiang province rose sharply in the first quarter of 2104, according to a report by WhatWood, a news and analytics agency operated by alumni of Moscow State University of Forestry.

The imports, of mainly pine and larch, are transported via the Grodekovo border station in Russia's Primorsky region by companies in Russia's far east.

Cross-border imports of sawn timber via Suifenhe climbed 66% to 310,000 m3 in the Jaunary-March period, while deliveries of roundwood were up 38% year-over-year to 990,000 m3. Pulp imports rose 51.5% year-over-year to 56,000 tonnes.

According to analysts, the increase is a result of a ban on commercial logging in Heilongjiang province's state forests. 

The primary source of this article is WhatWood, Moscow, on April 25, 2014. The original article can be viewed here.

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