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NEWS RELEASE No: 1358413 MAY 2010

UK wood production and trade figures published

National Statistics

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The latest National Statistics on UK Wood Production and Trade provisional figures produced by the Forestry Commission were released today in accordance with 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 2005 to 2009. The key points from the latest release follow.

Harvesting of UK roundwood in 2009 comprised:

  • 8.8 million green tonnes of softwood, representing a 4 per cent increase on 2008; and
  • 0.5 million green tonnes of hardwood, a 24 per cent increase on 2008.

UK roundwood deliveries to industries and others in 2009 totalled 8.6 million tonnes of roundwood (softwood and hardwood), representing no change from 2008. Of this:

  • sawmills took 5.2 million green tonnes, a 4 per cent increase on 2008;
  • wood-based panel manufacturers took 1.0 million green tonnes, a 17 per cent decrease from 2008;
  • integrated pulp and paper mills took 0.5 million green tonnes, a 1 per cent decrease from 2008; and
  • other uses, including round fencing, woodfuel, shavings and exports of roundwood took 1.9 million green tonnes, a 3 per cent increase on 2008.

UK production of wood products in 2009 included:

  • 2.9 million cubic metres of sawnwood, an increase of 2 per cent on 2008;
  • 3 million cubic metres of wood-based panels, a 4 per cent decrease from 2008; and
  • 4.3 million tonnes of paper and paperboard, a 14 per cent decrease from 2008.

Trade - UK imports in 2009 included:

  • 5.2 million cubic metres of sawnwood;
  • 2.5 million cubic metres of wood-based panels, and
  • 8.5 million tonnes of pulp and paper.

The total value of wood product imports in 2009 was £5.8 billion, of which £4.1 billion was pulp and paper. Pulp and paper also accounted for the majority of exports, generating £1.4 billion in 2009 out of a total of £1.5 billion for all wood product exports.

For further information see or contact Jackie Watson, Economics & Statistics Unit, Forestry Commission; tel:  0131 314 6171; e-mail:


  1. Some of the National Statistics on UK Wood Production and Trade provisional figures are available by country and English region.
  2. The next updates of these statistics will be available in September 2010, incorporating the final results for 2009, and in May 2011, providing provisional results for 2010. They will be published in the documents Forestry Facts & Figures 2010 and Forestry Statistics 2010.

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