Timber export tariffs to rise 5 times
Tariffs have already risen from $US 6 to $US 22 dollars and will hit $US 75 from the start of next year.
“Russia holds around a quarter of the world's timber reserves and yet produces only 7.5 million tonnes of paper products annually. That compares with Sweden and Finland, which have much lesser reserves but produces 12 and 14 million tonnes of paper,” Andrey Belousov, Deputy Economic Development Minister, said.
Raising the export tariff on unprocessed timber may complicate Russia's admission to the WTO, but the government is also inviting international investors to start new timber joint ventures in Russia.