Forestry Statistics 2008 - 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 2007. Sawn hardwood was most commonly imported from the USA and other non-EU countries.

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. Most particleboard imports to the UK in 2007 came from within the EU (mainly Germany, Belgium, France and Ireland). The EU also supplied the majority of fibreboard imports, with Ireland, Belgium and Germany being the principal sources.

Brazil, the USA and Canada were amongst the principal sources of wood pulp to the UK in 2007, whilst most paper imports came from Finland, Sweden and Germany.

Table 3.8  Country of origin of wood imports to the UK, 2007

    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

33

2

0

0

1

918

Finland

15

0

12

5

3

619

Germany

10

8

1

24

17

116

France

0

9

1

20

1

18

Belgium

1

1

1

21

19

02

Latvia

12510100

Spain

00121183

Ireland

310152700

Other EU-27

101419141314

Total EU-27

84411896943879

Canada

45130115

USA

120011153

Norway

0000196

Brazil

042301191

Russian Federation

9170001

China

02280101

Malaysia

06150000

Cameroon

01000000

Other non-EU

21270284

Total non-EU

16

59

82

4

6

6221

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

Figure 3.1  Country of origin of sawn softwood imports to the UK, 1962-2007

Fig3.1 Country of origin of sawn softwood imports to the UK, 1962-2007

Source: FAO, UK overseas trade statistics (HM Revenue & Customs), industry associations.

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