war in ukraine

Chinese birch plywood from Russia?

Article by Günther Jauk (adapted for holzkurier.com; translated by Eva Guzely) | 04.08.2022 - 09:23

Since Birch forests are concentrated in Northern Russia and Eurasia, it is very likely that the Birch contained in the plywood being offered has originated in Russia, as the Federation’s internet platform ttf.uk informs.

The current sanctions prohibit the import, acquisition, supply and delivery of revenue on all wood products from Russia. This applies to all wood categories, and in particular, to birch plywood, since significant volumes of this product were exported to the UK before the conflict.

Even though the birch plywood is processed in China, it is currently illegal to import any timber originating from Russia into the United Kingdom or the EU. Anyone who imports birch plywood from outside of the EU runs a high risk of breaching sanctions imposed by the UK.