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Russian Wood Pellet Data Of Production And Trade
- Sep 15, 2018 -

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Russian wood pellet data of production and trade

A recent report by the USDA's Overseas Agricultural Bureau's Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) shows the latest situation of Russian wood pellet production and the country's wood pellet industry is expected to continue to grow.

The report sshows that although Russia’s wood pellet production industry is relatively young, the country currently accounts for approximately 6 percent of world wood pellet exports and currently ranks eighth in the world for total wood pellet production, with 3 percent of total world wood pellet production.

Russia produced about 1.75 million metric tons of wood pellets last year, a 32% increase compared to 2016. The increase is attributed to continued strong demand from the European Union and new markets in Asia, including Japan and China.

In 2017, the country exported about 1.44 million tons of wood pellets, a 34% increase from 2016. This year, wood pellet exports are expected to reach 1.5 million metric tons. The main export destinations for Russian wood pellets include Denmark, South Korea, Belgium and Sweden.

By 2020, the report predicts Russian wood pellet production will reach 5 million metric tons per year, and it will increase to 8 million tons by 2025.

The report also cautions that production statistics for wood pellets in Russia may be incomplete, and mainly reflect the production of large factories. Mid-sized and smaller facilities that operate as part of larger wood processing plants do not report production data.

According to the report, the 10 large wood pellet producers in Russia currently manufacture about 60 percent of the country’s wood pellets. Last year, facilities in the North Western Federal District and Siberian Federal District accounted for nearly 70 percent of production.

Russia currently consumes approximately 320,000 tons of wood pellets. In the mid-term, this domestic demand is expected to remain flat.