Sweden’s largest forest owner, state-owned Sveaskog has launched "Sveaskogspaketet", a support package for the company's many forestry and transport contractors to help reduce the negative business effects of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic."It is important that, even after the corona pandemic, we can continue to pursue sustainable, profitable forestry, which presupposes a healthy forest industry and resilient contractors," says Mats Oja, Purchasing Manager at Sveaskog.
Sveaskog has launched a support package that aims to improve the conditions for surviving and managing the corona pandemic for the company’s harvesting, forestry, and transport contractors.
In the current situation, it is especially important for contractors to receive support in financial and personnel matters. Among other things, we will shorten our payment terms on invoices temporarily, from 30 to 10 days, and offer our contractors the opportunity to use our channels for staff recruitment, said Mats Oja.
The shortened payment period is valid on invoices from April 13, 2020. In addition, Sveaskog will support contractors in their administrative work with the recruitment of seasonal staff for example during the planting season. As seasonal workers have often come from other countries, there are now new immediate challenges when cross-border mobility is affected by the corona pandemic.
Our ambition and intention is to prioritize and implement planned planting in 2020, although additional costs may arise, said Mats Oja adding that its “Sveaskogspaketet” may be ammended and further developed to include other maeasure depending on how the pandemic progresses.