EU countries hit hardest by the Ukrainian ban, says the European Organisation of Sawmill Industries (EOS), are Romania, Slovakia, Poland and Austria, which between them in 2014 imported 1.4 million cu.m of Ukrainian roundwood. At the same time, the European industry has faced temporary oak log and green lumber transit and export controls in Croatia. These were introduced last summer, ostensibly to prevent the spread of oak lace beetle (corythucha arcuata). Raw timber was estimated to have accounted for a third of Croatia’s total €1.09 billion wood exports ...
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