Romania – a forestry market with potential

Romania is a forestry land with sizeable forest resources and an extensive forest industry. Since the fall of Communism some 20 years ago, much of the forest has been transferred from state ownership to private or municipal ownership.

Romania has just over 6 million hectares of forestland which is are primarily located in the Carpathian mountain range with some oak and poplar forests standing on the plains. The forests are well managed in a sustainable way and the standing timber today totals more than one billion cubic meters. The most common tree species are spruce and beech.

About 18 million cubic meters of timber are felled annually, but the annual growth is considerably higher. Almost all felling is done currently by independent contractors.

On the other hand the Romanian forest industry must cope with demanding conditions: steep terrain, large stems and a sparse network of forest roads. Simple skidders are used today and significant volumes of timber are still brought out with horses. However there is strong demand for the timber and the prices match those in the rest of Europe. The low level of mechanisation makes Romania a very interesting potential market for forest machinery and modern forest technology. Forest Romania is the best way into this market for all manufacturers of products that can handle demanding conditions.