Forestry Statistics 2010 - Trade

Apparent consumption of wood in the UK

previous | next  

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 8.5 million m3 WRME underbark in 2009.  A further 39.5 million m3 WRME underbark of wood and wood products were imported to the UK and 4.2 million m3 WRME underbark were exported, giving apparent consumption of 43.8 million m3 WRME underbark.  This represented a decrease of 11% in apparent consumption from the previous year.  These figures exclude recycled wood and recovered paper (see Table 3.3 for statistics on recovered paper).

Imports accounted for 82% of all wood (production + imports) in the UK in 2009, a reduction from 85% in the previous year.

Table 3.1 Apparent consumption of wood in the UK, 2000-2009

Year

UK production2

Imports

Exports

Apparent
Consumption

million m3 WRME underbark

2000

7.7

47.4

5.8

49.3

2001

7.7

49.4

5.9

51.2

2002

7.6 48.5 5.8 50.3

2003

7.9 49.0 7.1 49.9

2004

8.1 53.2 7.5 53.8

2005

8.3 51.2 5.8 53.8

2006

8.4 53.6 5.9 56.0

2007

9.0 54.5 6.8 56.7

2008

8.4 46.3 5.3 49.4

2009 

 8.5 39.5

           4.2

43.8

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.

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

Links to Forestry Statistics 2010

Useful sites