Forestry Statistics 2011 - Trade

Apparent consumption of wood in the UK

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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 9.7 million m3 WRME underbark in 2010.  A further 41.6 million m3 WRME underbark of wood and wood products were imported to the UK and 5.5 million m3 WRME underbark were exported, giving apparent consumption of 45.9 million m3 WRME underbark.  This represented a 4% increase 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 81% of all wood (production + imports) in the UK in 2010.

Table 3.1 Apparent consumption of wood in the UK, 2001-2010

Year

UK production2

Imports

Exports

Apparent
Consumption

million m3 WRME underbark

2001

7.9

49.4

5.9

51.4

2002

7.8 48.5 5.8 50.4

2003

8.1 49.0 7.1 50.0

2004

8.3 53.2 7.5 54.0

2005

8.5 51.2 5.8 54.0

2006

8.4 53.6 5.9 56.1

2007

9.0 54.5 6.8 56.7

2008

8.4 46.3 5.3 49.4

2009 

 8.6 39.5

           4.2

44.0

2010

9.7 41.6

5.5

45.9

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.

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