European Journal of Wood and Wood Products

, Volume 74, Issue 1, pp 109–122 | Cite as

Barriers for wood processing companies to enter foreign markets: a case study in Slovakia

  • Vladislav Kaputa
  • Hubert PalušEmail author
  • Richard Vlosky


In this study, barriers to internationalization for wood processing and wood trading firms in Slovakia are identified. Specifically, the perceptions of 62 Slovak firms were examined regarding entry into European Union markets. In addition to competitive issues, the influence of previous experience with international business and firm size on perceptions of barriers to enter foreign markets was examined. Results suggest that foreign competition is considered to be the most significant barrier due to a low level of innovation from domestic companies. In addition, the need to invest in promotional activities and limited access to capital are also significant barriers to entry into EU markets. Firm size was not found to be correlated with market barriers and no significant differences in perception of barriers was found between firm owners and managers.


Foreign Market Main Barrier Company Size Export Activity Wood Processing 
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The authors would like to thank the Scientific Grant Agency of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Academy of Sciences. This paper was developed within the framework of Grant Project 1/0385/13- Modelling substitution changes in timber markets under the increasing demand for renewable energy sources.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vladislav Kaputa
    • 1
  • Hubert Paluš
    • 1
    Email author
  • Richard Vlosky
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Wood Sciences and TechnologyTechnical University in ZvolenZvolenSlovakia
  2. 2.Louisiana Forest Products Development CenterLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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