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The bill on digitalization of the forest sector passed through third reading

February 20, 2021 ` 19:15  
The Russian State Duma adopted the bill On Amendments to the Forest Code and Certain Laws of the Russian Federation for Improving the Legal Regulation of Forestry Affairs in the third reading on January 20, 2021. The main...

The RF Ministry of Industry and Trade proposed to limit or prohibit the exports of particleboards, OSB, and chips

February 17, 2021 ` 19:17  
The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia proposes to include particleboards, OSB, and softwood chips (both fuel and process ones) in the list of goods that are important for the Russian domestic market that may be subject...

The Government approved the RF Forest Sector Development Strategy until 2030

February 15, 2021 ` 19:01  
The document covers the economic and environmental issues of the forest sector and is aimed at the effective use, protection, conservation, and regeneration of forests, switching to intensive forest use, and increasing the contribution of the forest sector...

VLP Group: draft of the Russian Federal Government resolution submitted for public review contradicts measures implied by president Putin’s instructions

February 11, 2021 ` 17:29  
Official press release from Group Vologodskiye Lesopromyshlenniki: At present, the government’s draft resolution “On Determining Railway Checkpoints at the Border of the Russian Federation for exporting goods of the HS Code Group 4403 of the Combined Commodity Nomenclature...

The Russian government considered a bill banning incomplete and periodic timber customs declarations

January 25, 2021 ` 19:38  
As a ministerial decree (No. 724), this ban was introduced earlier – on May 21, 2020. The so-called “temporary periodic customs declaration of goods” of this group, i.e. submission of first a temporary customs declaration with fragmentary data,...

The Duma passed the bill on LesEGAIS in the first reading

January 11, 2021 ` 15:08  
The bill proposes to create LesEGAIS (Unified State Automated Information System for Timber Accounting and Transactions Therewith) and determines a list of data to be contained in it and the procedure for their provision. The initiative stipulates that...

The Russian Government approved Timber Accounting Rules for 2021–2026

December 25, 2020 ` 19:48  
The Timber Accounting Rules will be valid from January 1, 2021, to January 1, 2027. They specify the accounting procedure for timber obtained from the use of forests as well as from the implementation of measures for the...

The Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia proposes to transfer the authority to rent out forest areas to the federal level

December 18, 2020 ` 18:11  
As the press office of the Federal Forestry Agency (Rosleskhoz) reports, the bill proposes a phased transition to the provision of forest areas from the forestry fund lands by an authorized federal executive body, including for purposes of...

Rates of payment for forest use to be increased by 4% in 2021

December 17, 2020 ` 19:07  
The Greenpeace Forest Forum reports, citing the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1318 dated October 12, 2019, that the minimum payment rates for all types of forest use will be increased in 2021 by...