Russian Timber: A Growing Force in World Trade

Understand the conflicting forces that both drive and constrain Russia’s timber and forest products industries – and the market conditions that could sustain further growth.


Russia contains far more forest area than any other country, yet its presence in global forest products markets has historically been limited. But over the past decade, some export sectors have grown rapidly. The Russian government has ambitious plans to help its forest industries keep expanding production and exports.

Are these goals achievable, and what impact could they have on world markets? This study compares the official targets to objective, fact-driven forecasts – and explores other key questions about Russia’s likely global impact over the next decade.

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Russian Timber: A Growing Force in World Trade provides forecasts from 2017 (actual) to 2023 and 2028.

Look in-depth at production and exports in key forest products categories, including:

  • Lumber: Learn how this once-small sector has been transformed – through government policies and targeted investment – into a major force in global wood-products markets. Includes profiles of 19 key sawmilling companies, and data on woodchip & wood pellet residues.
  • Wood Panels: Survey of production and trade in veneer, plywood, particleboard (PB), medium density fiberboard (MDF) and oriented strand board (OSB) – including profiles of 36 important Russian companies in this sector.
  • Logs: Review of the historical and current log trade to key Nordic and Asian markets. Includes insight on major Russian regions’ log exports and the largest Russian log exporting companies in 2017, plus details of multiple changes to regional and national log export taxes from 2000-2019.
  • Pulp and Paper: Data on historical production and exports. Profiles of companies in this still-minor segment of the Russian industry, plus analysis of prospects for expansion.

Russian Timber: A Growing Force in World Trade also gives you a primer on Russia’s vast regional geography, macroeconomic fundamentals, federal forest inventory, and wood production – plus comparison of actual harvests to official annual cut quotas.

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