Wood Pellets vs Bio-SRF

Wood Pellets vs Bio-SRF

KOMIPO issued an ITB advising that the conditions for  submitting FSC, PEFC certificates etc. was exempted in response to request  from KFS.

A meeting was held between KFS (Korea Forest Service), ME  (Ministry of Environment) and Power plants on Mar. 25th 2015. Following  resolutions were passed providing new definitions to “Wood Pellets”

> KFS will inspect all Wood pellets through KFPI (Korea  Forestry Promotion Institute) and
will no longer recognise FSC, PEFC, GGL  certificates.

> This also means that if the test result of imported pellets  are satisfied for the grade 1 ~ 4, then
these pellets will be deemed as Wood Pellets.

> In order to pass this test, importers must submit 2  documents

  • A  “lumbering certificate” issued by official forest management agency of  exporting country
  • And  the other is “detailed statement for purchasing raw materials”. – A  Tax invoice issued by plantation.
  • importer  may request inspection to KFPI, upon which 2 KFS officers will visit factory to  inspect and collect samples to test. In this case, requesters bear all  expenses.

If pellets do not fall in the above criteria, they will be  deemed, BIO-SRF Pellets.


So  What are the drawbacks of Bio-Srf Pellets?
The main  hurdle to have pellets classified as Bio-SRF is the import restrction.  e.g

  • A Contract is required to be signed by the end-user to import  Bio-SRF Pellets.
  • A Quality test is required on arrival at destination port for  every 2500 Tons imported.
  • A factory inspection is mandatory and is valid only for 3  months, Unlike for wood pellets such an inspection lasts for 3 years,