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December 10, 2019

Romania’s Government considers banning wood exports outside the EU

Romania’s Government considers banning wood exports outside the EU

More than half of Romania’s wood exports go outside the European Union (EU), official statistics show. Romanian timber and wood products reach as far as Japan, the US, Australia and Chile. As Romania’s Government considers banning wood exports outside the EU, GWMI has analyzed the wood export data to find which are the country’s biggest export markets.

What kind of wood does Romania export?

Romania’s wood exports amounted to EUR 1.63 billion in 2018, representing about 2.4% of the country’s total exports (EUR 67 bln), a level close to that recorded in 2017 (EUR 1.65 bln), according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INS).

Unprocessed log exports amounted to EUR 15.7 million (less than 1% of total wood exports), down from EUR 22.3 million in 2017. In volume terms, Romania exported about 91,500 cubic meters of raw logs last year. For comparison, unprocessed wood imports amounted to 1.26 million cubic meters.

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