Russia is not only one of the largest countries in the world when it comes to its surface, but also most of its lands are covered by woods which can generated high yields to those interested in starting a business in forestry. Russia’s forests represent a quarter of the global wood reserve.
It should also be noted that the Russian forestry industry is one of the most developed economic sectors of this countries. The timber industry alone contributes with close to 20 billion USD to Russia’s annual Gross Domestic Product.
Our lawyers in Russia can assist foreign investors interested in starting a forestry business here.
The Forest Code is the main law governing the management and exploitation of woods in Russia. Those interested in opening a Russian company in the forestry industry must comply with the regulations imposed by the Code.
The Russian Forest Law provides for the following type of woods:
The latter can be used by companies in the forestry industry.
The law also provides for three types of ownership of forests in the Russian Federation:
Our Russian lawyers can offer more information on the Forest Law.
The registration procedure for a forestry business in Russia will be the same as for other types of companies. Following that, the company will need to obtain a procurement order to engage in activities related to the cutting of trees and production of timber or other wood products.
Russian companies are also allowed to build facilities used for the processing of wood. However, these are not the only activities a forestry company can carry out in Russia. Other activities include agricultural operations, cultivating certain species of medicinal plants, game hunting, exploitation of mineral resources. It is also common for Russian forestry companies to produce wood-based goods for export activities.
The forestry industry offers many investment opportunities and if you want to create a company in this sector we invite you to contact our law firm in Russia for assistance.
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