Forestry Statistics 2011 - Trade

Origin of wood imports

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Sweden (43%), Latvia (14%) and Finland (12%) provided the majority of imports of sawn softwood to the UK in 2010.  Sawn hardwood was most commonly imported from the USA (24%) and other non-EU countries (26%).

UK imports of plywood commonly came from countries outwith the EU, such as China (33%), Brazil (18%) and Malaysia (13%), whilst Finland (13%)accounted for the majority of EU trade.  Most particleboard imports to the UK in 2010 came from within the EU (mainly Ireland (43%), France (21%), Germany (17%) and Belgium (8%)). The EU also supplied the majority of fibreboard imports, with Ireland (38%), Germany (18%), Spain (11%) and Belgium (9%) being the principal sources.

Brazil (30%), Sweden (14%) and the USA (11%) were amongst the principal sources of wood pulp to the UK in 2010, whilst most paper imports came from Germany (20%), Finland (16%) and Sweden (16%).

Table 3.8 Country of origin of wood imports to the UK, 2010

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

43

1

0

0

0

14 16

Finland

12

0

13

0

2

8 16

Germany

9

7

1

17

18

1 20

France

0

7

1

21

1

0 9

Belgium

0

1

1

8

9

0 2

Spain

0 1 1 2 11 6 3

Ireland

7 3 1 43 38 0 1

Latvia

14 8 2 1 2 0 0

Other EU-27

5 21 2 8 15 13 16

Total EU-27

91 48 22 98 96 43 82

China 

0 1 33 0 0 0 3

USA

0 24 0 1 1 11 3

Brazil

0 0 18 0 0 30 2

Russia

6 1 5 0 0 0 1

Malaysia

0 5 13 0 0 0 0

Cameroon

0 8 0 0 0 0 0

Other non-EU

3 13 9 0 2 16 9

Total non-EU

9

52

78

2

4

57 18

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

Figure 3.1 Country of origin of sawn softwood imports to the UK, 1962-2010

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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