Forestry Statistics 2009 - 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 2008. 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 2008 came from within the EU (mainly Ireland, Germany, France and Belgium). The EU also supplied the majority of fibreboard imports, with Ireland, Spain, Germany and Belgium being the principal sources.

Brazil and the USA were amongst the principal sources of wood pulp to the UK in 2008, whilst most paper imports came from Finland, Sweden and Germany.

Table 3.8 Country of origin of wood imports to the UK, 2008

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

44

6

0

1

1

817

Finland

14

0

12

1

3

420

Germany

9

9

1

25

17

017

France

0

6

1

16

0

19

Belgium

1

1

1

16

14

12

Spain

00111892

Ireland

320302700

Latvia

10310100

Other EU-27

712110141613

Total EU-27

88391999963981

USA

025010143

Norway

1000086

Brazil

012301221

Canada

2610063

China

03240101

Russia

7140011

Malaysia

06200100

Cameroon

0700000

Other non-EU

212802114

Total non-EU

12

61

81

1

4

6119

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

Figure 3.1 Country of origin of sawn softwood imports to the UK, 1962-2008

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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