Annual meeting dedicated to trade in round timber takes place at Directorate General of State Forests

The annual meeting dedicated to the issues of trade in round timber was held at the Directorate General of State Forests on 21 November 2012. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Lithuania, regional coordinators of the Panel of the Directorate General of State Forests, and representatives of timber processing companies and associations.

Gintaras Visalga, deputy director of the Directorate General of State Forests, presented an overview of the situation with trade in round timber in 2012 and the prospects for 2013.

At the meeting, the participants discussed amendments to the rules for trading in round timber, the Round Timber Electronic Trading System (AMEPS), and other important issues. Juozupas Zimnickas, director general of UAB Juodeliai, presented the development and prospects of the wood processing company.

The discussion concerning trade in round timber involved discussions and decisions on the following key issues:

  • Regarding initial price. A new procedure will come into effect on 1 January 2013. According to this new procedure, a buyer of round timber will be entitled to propose a price 10 per cent lower than the initial price proposed.
  • It was decided to introduce amendments concerning the guarantee payment. From now on, it will be sufficient to pay the guarantee payment at any one forest district of the country to participate in tenders concerning round timber in all forest districts of Lithuania.
  • Concerning the state forest reserve. The state holds a 12 per cent forest reserve. Wood processing companies proposed transferring the said share of forests to the state and to forest districts so that economic activities can be carried out there. This would be beneficial for the timber industry because these forests are rich in biofuel reserves.
  • Concerning priorities for local processing companies. It was decided that, as soon as the new political situation in the country becomes clearer, efforts would be made to ensure the creation of more favourable conditions for local wood processing companies to purchase timber.

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