Romania posts a historic first, becoming net logging importer

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2017 was extremely agitated for the domestic forestry sector, amid important changes in legislation, as well as aggressive increases of wood prices, Romania becoming – for the first time – a net importer of logs, digi24.ro informs, quoting Mediafax.

The timber auctioned by the National Forest Administration – Romsilva was sold at prices higher by 43 percent, the beech tree demand, being extremely high.

“The average starting price was RON 180.26 per cubic meter and the average bid price was 43 percent higher, meaning RON 258.75 per cubic meter. On average, the cubic meter of softwood was awarded with RON 317.05, the beech cubic meter with RON 238.5, and the cubic meter of oak with RON 388.06, the price increases, following the public auctions, being of 52 percent for softwoods, 43 percent for oak and 41 percent for beech,” Romsilva recently announced.

National Forest Administration has for 2018 a harvesting program of 9.98 million cubic meters. Romsilva manages 3.14 million hectares of state-owned forest fund – about 47 percent of the total national forest fund.

The wood mass of Romanian forests is more expensive than that imported, which also includes the transport costs. ” From a logging exporter, Romania has become a net importer of logs. We export approx. 0.3 million cubic meters and we import more than 2 million cubic meters per year,” former Minister of Waters and Forests, Doina Pană, pointed out in the activity report attached to the resignation request.

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