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UK Wood Production and Trade: 2012 provisional figures

The latest National Statistics on UK Wood Production and Trade: 2012 provisional figures, produced by the Forestry Commission were released on 16 May 2013 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 2008 to 2012. 

The key points for 2012 from the latest release are (with percentage changes from 2011):

Removals (harvesting) of UK roundwood:

  • 10.1 million green tonnes of softwood (+1%);
  • 0.5 million green tonnes of hardwood (-1%).

Deliveries of UK roundwood to wood processors and others:

  • Total: 10.4 million green tonnes of roundwood (softwood and hardwood) (+1%), of which:
  • Sawmills: 6.1 million green tonnes (+3%);
  • Wood-based panels: 1.3 million green tonnes (-10%);
  • Integrated pulp and paper mills: 0.5 million green tonnes (+2%);
  • Other uses, including round fencing, wood fuel, shavings and exports of roundwood: 2.5 million green tonnes (+1%).

Production of wood products in the UK included:

  • 3.4 million cubic metres of sawnwood (+4%);
  • 3.0 million cubic metres of wood-based panels (-11%);
  • 4.4 million tonnes of paper and paperboard (+2%). 

UK imports:

  • 5.1 million cubic metres of sawnwood (+4%);
  • 2.7 million cubic metres of wood-based panels (-6%);
  • 7.3 million tonnes of pulp and paper (-10%).
  • The total value of wood product imports was £6.4 billion (-6%), of which £4.3 billion was pulp and paper (-9%).

UK exports:

  • The total value of wood product exports was £1.8 billion (-3%), of which £1.6 billion was pulp and paper (-4%). 

Coverage: United Kingdom

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

First Release:
UK Wood Production and Trade: 2012 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: 0131 314 6171
E-mail: statistics@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Next update:
26 September 2013 (final results for 2012 - see Forestry Facts & Figures 2013 and Forestry Statistics 2013)
15 May 2014 (provisional results for 2013)

Pre-release access:
There is no pre-release access to this publication in its final form. Further information can be found in the pre-release access pages.

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