March 10, 2022

DHA eNews - Russian Invasion Will Impact Global Wood Trade

This Week's Insights

In addition to the tragic humanitarian impact, the Russian invasion of Ukraine will impact the decorative hardwoods industry. In 2021, Russia was the third-largest source of U.S. hardwood plywood imports, with a total volume of more than 567 million square feet worth more than $334 million. Elimination of these imports could create opportunities for competing manufacturers. For those who import Russian birch cores for further processing, it is likely to create sourcing challenges. PEFC and FSC have labeled wood from Russia and Belarus as "conflict" timber.

In these challenging times, timely information can be the key to surviving and thriving. DHA is here to help: learn more from industry experts and your colleagues at the DHA 2022 Spring Conference and 101st Annual Meeting, from Monday, May 16, through Wednesday, May 18, in downtown Nashville. And now, DHA is providing FREE resources to help specify and buy decorative hardwood products. I look forward to seeing our DHA members at our annual meeting. Not yet a member? Reply to this email to learn more.

If you have questions or comments, contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Keith A. Christman, President
Decorative Hardwoods Association

Russian Invasion Will Impact Global Wood Trade

Russia is the largest lumber exporter in the world and the seventh-largest exporter of forest products. Forest products exports from Russia have grown rapidly over the past five years, reaching a value of more than $12 billion in 2021. Sanctions will create both challenges and opportunities for our industry.

Timber From Russia, Belarus Labeled "Conflict Timber"

Forest certification programs PEFC and FSC have labeled wood and wood-based materials from Russia and Belarus as "conflict" wood that cannot be used in certified products. The use of wood covered by a certificate of origin before March 2, 2022, is not affected by the PEFC decision; the current policy on conflict trees is valid for six months. FSC stated that the wood "cannot be used in FSC products or be sold as FSC certified . . . as long as the armed violence continues."

Ukraine Calls On EU To Ban Import Of Russian Wood Products

Ukraine's Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources has asked the Council of the EU to ban imports of Russian forest and wood products, stating that not a single Russian tree should finance the furious destruction occurring in a peaceful country nor environmental disasters in the world.

Invasion Stops Investments In Russia's Forest Industry

Expect increased sanctions against trade with Russia and restrictions on financial transactions to interrupt and redirect shipments of forest products worldwide, experts say, likely causing a precipitous decline in forest products trade with Russia.

Register Now For The DHA Annual Meeting In Nashville, May 16-18

Registration is now open for all DHA members for the Decorative Hardwoods Association 2022 Spring Conference and 101st Annual Meeting, held in Nashville from Monday, May 16 - Wednesday, May 18. Join us to hear the latest insights from industry leaders and experts on the trade, economics, and marketing of decorative hardwood products.

Free Downloads: It's Now Easier & Less Expensive To Specify & Buy Decorative Hardwood Products

DHA is making it easier and less expensive to buy decorative hardwood products. Now, key materials to help specify and purchase decorative hardwood products are available at no cost from DHA's website. Free downloads include:

  • American National Standard for Hardwood and Decorative Plywood (ANSI/HPVA HP-1-2020)
  • American National Standard for Engineered Wood Flooring (ANSI/HPVA EF 2020)
  • American National Standard for Due Diligence in Procuring / Sourcing Legal Timber (ANS LTDD 1.0)
  • 2022 Where to Buy Membership Directory
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