In January-May 2022, Russia exported 11.2 mn cubic meters of sawn goods, up 10% year-on-year, Roslesfinorg reports. Most of the export was designated for China.
7.8 cubic meters of sawn goods was exported to ‘friendly’ countries, up 12.9% year-on-year. 98.85% of this volume was sent to APR and Asian countries, including 56.8% to China, 7.1% to Uzbekistan, and 2.7% to Kazakhstan.
The share of the so-called ‘friendly’ European countries in Russia’s sawn goods export made just 0.36%, and that of African countries was 0.68%.
China imported 5.24 cubic meters of Russia-made sawn goods in January-May 2022, up 18.8% year-on-year. China has been the largest importer of Russia’s timber and logs for 15 years, with the share of ready-made products and sawn goods growing and that of logs decreasing steadily.
Uzbekistan is the second largest importer of Russian sawn goods, during the first five months of 2022 the country imported 793.2 thousand cubic meters, up 16.5% year-on-year.
Export to ‘non-friendly’ countries increased by 3.7% to make 3.39 mn tons. 61.68% of this volume was designated to Europe, and, namely, 57.7% to the EU, 32.7% to Asia, and 5.85% to North America.
The major buyers of Russian sawn goods in Europe are Estonia, Finland, Bulgaria, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. Estonia imported 438.5 thousand cubic meters, Finland acquired 330.4 thousand tons.
However, the top buyer among the ‘unfriendly’ countries is Singapore, which imported 625.9 thousand cubic meters, up 17-fold year-on-year.
For the time being, sawn goods producers in Northwest Russia are having some difficulties exporting their products, while those located in Siberia and the Russian Far East are not experiencing the pressure of sanctions, according to Roslesfinorg.