Forestry Statistics 2007 - Trade

Origin of wood imports

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Sweden, Finland and Latvia provided the majority of imports of sawn softwood to the UK in 2006. Sawn hardwood was most commonly imported from Latvia and the USA.

UK imports of plywood commonly came from countries outwith the EU, such as China, Brazil and Malaysia, whilst Finland accounted for the majority of EU trade. All particleboard imports to the UK in 2006 came from within the EU (mainly Germany, Belgium, France and Ireland). The EU also supplied the majority of fibreboard imports, with Ireland, Spain and Germany being the principal sources.

Brazil, the USA, Canada and Sweden were amongst the principal sources of wood pulp to the UK in 2006, whilst most paper imports came from Finland, Sweden and Germany.

Table 3.8 Country of origin of wood imports to the UK, 2006

    Source       

Sawn softwood

Sawn hardwood

 Plywood

 Particle-board

    Fibre-board

  Wood pulp

Paper and paperboard

per cent of total UK imports (volume) in each category

Sweden

34

1

0

0

1

1218

Finland

17

0

14

5

2

620

Germany

5

6

1

25

14

115

France

0

7

1

21

8

19

Belgium

0

2

0

24

9

02

Latvia

161810000

Spain

00121952

Ireland

200112701

Estonia

4600000

Poland

0000701

Other EU

51011271214

Total EU-27

835120100953682

USA

117001172

Canada

14100163

Brazil

022401181

Russia

14150011

China

01250000

Malaysia

06150000

Other non-EU

11810031210

Total non-EU

17

49

80

0

5

6418

Source: UK overseas trade statistics (HM Revenue & Customs)

Notes:

1. "Other EU" includes Bulgaria and Romania, both of which joined the EU in January 2007.


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