Forestry Statistics 2007 - Trade

Apparent consumption of wood in the UK

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Apparent consumption is the amount of timber, measured as wood raw material equivalent (WRME) underbark, used as wood and wood products by people and industries in the United Kingdom. It is calculated as total United Kingdom production plus imports, minus exports. Apparent consumption also differs from actual consumption by the extent of changes in the level of stocks. It is not practical to collect information on actual consumption.

UK production of roundwood totalled 8.4 million m3 WRME underbark in 2006. A further 48.8 million m3 WRME underbark of wood and wood products were imported to the UK and 5.6 million m3 WRME underbark were exported, giving apparent consumption of 51.5 million m3 WRME underbark. These figures exclude recycled wood and recovered paper (see Table 3.5 for statistics on recovered paper).

Table 3.1 Apparent consumption of wood1 in the UK, 1997-2006

Year

UK production2

       Imports

       Exports

Apparent
Consumption

million m3 WRME underbark

1997

7.8

47.5

5.5

49.8

1998

7.6

46.65.8

48.4

1999

7.745.66.0

47.4

2000

7.8

47.4

5.8

49.5

2001

7.9

49.4

5.9

51.4

2002

7.848.55.850.4

2003

8.049.27.150.2

2004

8.353.47.354.4

2005

8.551.45.754.2

2006

8.448.85.651.5

Source: industry surveys, industry associations, UK overseas trade statistics (HM Revenue & Customs) and conversion factors to Wood Raw Material Equivalent (WRME).

Notes:

1. Excludes recovered paper. This table is presented on a different basis from previous years, when imports and exports of recovered paper were included.

2. UK production of roundwood is estimated from deliveries to wood processing industries, as in tables 2.6 and 2.7.


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