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NEWS RELEASE No: 1594316 MAY 2013

Publication of UK Wood Production and Trade statistics for 2012

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The latest National Statistics on UK Wood Production and Trade: 2012 provisional figures produced by the Forestry Commission were released today (16 May 2013) in accordance with 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 (with percentage changes from 2011) are:

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, woodfuel, 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%); and
  • 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%).

The full statistical release is available from the statistics area of the Forestry Commission website,

These statistics will next be updated on 26 September 2013, (with final results for 2012), and will be published in ‘Forestry Facts & Figures 2013’ and ‘Forestry Statistics 2013’; and on 15 May 2014, (with provisional results for 2013).

Further information is available from Jackie Watson in the Forestry Commission’s Economics and Statistics Unit, tel: 0131 314 6171; email:

Media contact: Charlton Clark, 0131 314 6500