Minister Väyrynen in V-blog: Russia ready for extending exemption from duty for birch pulpwood

Press release 275/2009
27 October 2009

According to Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen Russia is taking a positive view on extending the exemption from duty in birch pulpwood significantly. Export duties on timber were discussed in a Prime Ministers' meeting in St. Petersburg last Sunday.

“The meeting was successful beyond expectations. Prime Minister Putin's stand on the timber export duties question became more favourable in the course of the negotiations. We are anticipating a solution within the forthcoming weeks,” said Minister Väyrynen, who took part in Prime Minister Vanhanen's group in St. Petersburg.

During the PMs' meeting Putin said that Russia will undertake to freeze the current level of timber export duties for the next two years. It is also probable that instead of the current exemption from duty based on top diameter Russia is ready to significantly extend the exemption from duty for birch and other deciduous pulpwood.

“This is what Finland has been aiming for. However, we will keep working hard to get Russia agree with us on total exclusion of export duties on timber,” Väyrynen points out. 

Other topics in the Finnish-Russian meeting in St. Petersburg were mutual economical relations, work permits and questions related to border crossing and traffic. 

Minister Väyrynen will discuss the matter of export duties on timber in more detail in his recently launched V-blog available at the front page of the Ministry for Foreign affairs: formin.finland.fi.

Further information: Press Attaché to the Minister, Annika Saarikko, Tel. +358 400 739 824