Forestry Statistics 2010 - Trade

Origin of wood imports

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Sweden (53%), Finland (13%) and Latvia (10%) provided the majority of imports of sawn softwood to the UK in 2009.  Sawn hardwood was most commonly imported from the USA (26%) and other non-EU countries (37%).

UK imports of plywood commonly came from countries outwith the EU, such as Brazil (25%), China (23%) and Malaysia (14%), whilst Finland (12%) accounted for the majority of EU trade.  Most particleboard imports to the UK in 2009 came from within the EU (mainly Ireland (39%), France (19%), Germany (18%) and Belgium (10%)). The EU also supplied the majority of fibreboard imports, with Ireland (35%), Germany (22%) and Spain (15%) being the principal sources.

Finland (30%) and Brazil (20%) were amongst the principal sources of wood pulp to the UK in 2009, whilst most paper imports came from Germany (19%), Finland (17%) and Sweden (16%).

Table 3.8 Country of origin of wood imports to the UK, 2009

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

53

1

1

0

1

8 16

Finland

13

0

12

0

3

30 17

Germany

6

8

1

18

22

1 19

France

0

5

1

19

1

0 10

Belgium

1

1

2

10

7

0 2

Spain

0 1 1 3 15 4 2

Ireland

5 2 1 39 35 0 1

Latvia

10 3 1 1 2 0 0

Other EU-27

3 15 2 10 11 11 16

Total EU-27

91 37 20 100 96 54 82

China 

0 3 23 0 0 0 3

USA

0 26 0 0 0 9 3

Brazil

0 0 25 0 0 20 2

Malaysia

0 6 14 0 0 0 0

Russia 

5 1 5 0 0 0 1

Cameroon

0 9 0 0 0 0 0

Other non-EU

3 18 11 0 2 16 10

Total non-EU

9

63

80

0

4

46 18

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

Figure 3.1 Country of origin of sawn softwood imports to the UK, 1962-2009

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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