Timber Trade: Doing Business in Belarus (webinar)


Timber Trade: Doing Business in Belarus (webinar)

A joint initiative

By the CERBA, the Embassies of the Republic of Belarus in UK and in Canada

With support of: UK Timber Trade Federation, British Expertise International


Date: Tuesday, 20th May 2020

Time: 16:00-18:00 (London)

11:00-13:00 (Toronto/Montreal)
08:00-10:00 (Vancouver)
18:00-20:00 (Minsk)



Registration https://cerbanet.org/event-3816524
20 CAD for non-CERBA and  non-TTF, non British Expertise, members


Webinar platform – Zoom, 2 hours, up to 500 connections, sponsored by CERBA


It is our pleasure to invite you to join the webinar “Timber Trade: Doing Business in Belarus”. The event is co-hosted by the Canadian Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA), the Embassies of The Republic of Belarus in the United Kingdom and Canada. UK Timber Trade Federation and British Expertise International are the supporters of the event.

The webinar aims are to bring CERBA, TTF Members and Belarusian Companies together to further understand the market and to facilitate trade.


Currently, the supply chain is affected by the COVID-19, which stimulate exploring new trading relationships with the countries, non-traditional suppliers to the UK and Canadian markets. Belarus, as well as the United Kingdom and Canada, are among the limited number of countries that continue business during this uncertain time and worldwide lockdown.


Belarus is looking forward to developing sustainable timber business in the UK and Canada. CERBA, UK Timber Trade Federation is taking a leading role to offer the businesses an opportunity to get acquainted with the potential of the Belarusian timber sector. Subscribers will be introduced to the Belarusian timber industry decision-makers, Belarusian manufacturers and market experts.


This is a unique opportunity to learn about Belarusian timber market, establish new contacts and learn about Belarus, one that remains a blank spot on the map for the many UK and Canadian businesses.


As a country that manufactures and exports timber products across Europe, this Webinar will be focusing on:

·         Introduction to the timber trends industry within Belarus, production and supply of a wide range of timber products, export flows;

·         establishing of direct contacts with representatives of timber manufacturing/supply industry of the Republic of Belarus;

·         Introduction to panel production (chipboards, particle boards, plywood, fiberboards MDF, floor covering: laminated floor panels, solid wood flooring, parquet, etc.)

·         introduction to e-trading platform, quality and terms of supply control;

·         success story of foreign timber business in Belarus





Marina Belskikh, Regional Director of CERBA in Montreal and Ottawa CERBA

Welcoming remarks

HE Mr Oleg Kravchenko, Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus for Europe and Americas

Business development opportunities in Belarus

Belarusian timber resources: structure, renovation of forests, FSC PEFS certification, state policy against illegal harvesting

Mikhail Kasko, Chairman, State Authority of Timber “Bellesbumprom” (tbc)

Belarus timber sector trends

Dmitry Sudas, Senior Counsellor of the Embassy of Belarus in the UK

Timber export products from Belarus

Sergei Matsiulin, Deputy CEO of Bellesexport (export trading company, subordinate to the Ministry of Forestry of Belarus)

E-Trading Solutions for Export of Timber Products from Belarus

Aleksandy Bashly, Head of Foreign Department of the Belarusian Universal Commodity Exchange

Quality and Shipment Control Services

Evgeny Lipen, CEO BelForestSurveys LLC

Panel Products Line of the Borwood Holding
Pavel Shestakov, head of the marketing department of the Belarusian Forestry Company

Success story of Doing Business in Belarus

Coswiсk – Canadian investment in Belarus,

Katya Gris, Director of Coswick Canada Inc (tbc) engineered wooden floors

Q&A, Closing Remarks


The webinar will be moderated by Evgeny Russak, Charge d’Affaires of Belarus to Canada, and Marina Belskikh, Regional Director of CERBA in Montreal and Ottawa.


Business to Business networking and follow up

By registering for the webinar, participants give a consent to provide organizers with their contact details for the possible future business development.

CERBA will gather all the questions from the participants and Belarusian organizers will provide answers on later stage.

Thank you for your cooperation!








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