First waste wood shipment from Denmark to Latvia

The first ever shipment of crushed waste wood from Denmark to Latvia arrived in Riga late October. The shipment marks the start of a new export route to fill the demand from the panelboard production industry.

The first bulk ship containing waste wood from Denmark to Latvia left the harbour of Køge outside of Copenhagen on Wednesday 23rd. October, arriving in Riga on the 25th October. The treated waste cargo contained crushed waste wood quality A2, and is part of the new flow of raw material destined for the panelboard industry in Latvia.

– We are experiencing an increased demand for waste wood in Eastern Europe. Shipping the first load of Danish waste wood to Riga is a milestone for our industry and a substantial Danish contribution to the sustainable circular economy, says Christian Schaarup, Account and Development Manager at Geminor in Denmark.

Finding new harbours

The shipment is part of the long-term 25 000 tonnes annual contract Geminor holds with Denmarks biggest waste recovery company, Vestforbrænding. Most of the waste wood of A2 quality is normally recovered in Denmark, but due to a sudden halt in both Danish and German demand, Geminor is finding new harbours for the wood, Christian explains.

– Finding new offtakers is part of the constant job of keeping up with a fluctuating market. This applies as much to waste wood as it does to other secondary raw materials, which is redirected depending on availability, demand and sometimes regulation. This is why every project needs to be based on several producers and offtakers, says Christian Schaarup, Account and Development Manager at Geminor in Denmark.