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UK Wood Production and Trade: 2014 provisional figures

The latest National Statistics on UK Wood Production and Trade: 2014 provisional figures, produced by the Forestry Commission were released on 14 May 2015 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

These statistics include data on production, imports and exports of roundwood and wood products for the UK for the calendar years 2010 to 2014. 

The key points for 2014 from the latest release are (with percentage changes from 2013):

Removals (harvesting) of UK roundwood:

  • 11.4 million green tonnes of softwood (+5%);
  • 0.5 million green tonnes of hardwood (+1%);
  • 0.8 million green tonnes of softwood under plant health legislation (+116%).

Deliveries of UK roundwood to wood processors and others:

  • Total: 11.4 million green tonnes of roundwood (softwood and hardwood) (+3%), of which:
  • Sawmills: 6.8 million green tonnes (+5%);
  • Wood-based panels: 1.3 million green tonnes (+2%);
  • Integrated pulp and paper mills: 0.5 million green tonnes (unchanged);
  • Other uses, including round fencing, wood fuel, shavings and exports of roundwood: 2.9 million green tonnes (+1%).

Production of wood products in the UK included:

  • 3.8 million cubic metres of sawnwood (+5%);
  • 3.1 million cubic metres of wood-based panels (+1%);
  • 4.4 million tonnes of paper and paperboard (-4%);
  • 0.3 million tonnes of wood pellets and briquettes (+11%).

UK imports:

  • 6.4 million cubic metres of sawnwood (+17%);
  • 3.3 million cubic metres of wood-based panels (+10%);
  • 10.7 million cubic metres of wood pellets (+45%);
  • 7.3 million tonnes of pulp and paper (+1%);
  • The total value of wood product imports was £7.2 billion (+7%), of which £4.2 billion was pulp and paper (+1%).

UK exports:

  • The total value of wood product exports was £1.7 billion (-3%), of which £1.5 billion was pulp and paper (-3%). 

Coverage: United Kingdom

Geographical breakdown: Some statistics are available by country and English region

First Release:
UK Wood Production and Trade: 2014 provisional figures

Data:
Tables in Excel format.
Longer time series for wood production (roundwood removals), UK roundwood deliveries, sawmills and round fencing manufacturers

Quality:
Quality report: UK Wood Production and Trade

Statistician: Jeremy Darot

Contact:
Jackie Watson
Tel: 0300 067 5238
E-mail: statistics@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Next update:
24 September 2015 (final results for 2014 - see Forestry Facts & Figures 2015 and Forestry Statistics 2015)
19 May 2016 (provisional results for 2015)

Pre-release access:
Information on pre-release access to Forestry Commission official statistics can be found on the pre-release access pages, including lists of the individuals who are given pre-release access to specific publications.

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Last updated: 7th November 2016