Forestry Statistics 2011 - International Forestry

Apparent consumption of wood products

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Apparent consumption (defined as production + imports - exports) of wood products in 2009 totalled 354 million m3 sawnwood, 257 million m3 woodbased panels and 374 million tonnes of paper and paperboard globally.

Around one third (31%) of all sawnwood was consumed in Asia and around one quarter each in North and Central America and in Europe.  Reflecting the reduced production of sawnwood in 2009 (see table 9.5), apparent consumption of sawnwood fell in most regions between 2008 and 2009, and by 8% overall.  The largest changes took place in North and Central America (an 18% decrease) and in Europe (a 10% decrease). 

Asia consumed around one half of the world's woodbased panels, around one fifth was consumed in the EU and around one fifth in North and Central America.  Apparent consumption of woodbased panels worldwide was almost unchanged between 2008 and 2009, with reductions in North and Central America (a 17% decrease) and in Europe (an 11% decrease) and an increase of 15% in Asia.

Almost one half of all paper and paperboard was consumed in Asia in 2009, around one quarter in North and Central America and one fifth in the EU.  At a global level, apparent consumption of paper and paperboard decreased by 5% between 2008 and 2009, reflecting decreases in most areas.

Table 9.6 Apparent consumption of wood products by region, 1990-2009

Region

1990

1995

20002005

2008

2009

Sawnwood (million m3)

           

  Europe

 

 

   

 

 

     UK

13

8

10 11

8

8

     EU-271

96

80

99 103

88

82

     Total Europe

157 109 121 119 104 93

  Africa

10 12 11 14 13 14

  Asia

112

112

80 98

108

111

  North and Central America

119 126 143 166 119 98

  Oceania

6 7 8 8 9 7

  South America

24 24 28 30 31 32

  World

429

390

390 435

384

354

Woodbased panels (million m3)

           

  Europe

           

     UK

5 5 6 6 6 5

     EU-271

40 41 53 59 61 57

     Total Europe

51 47 59 71 77 69

  Africa

1 2 2 3 3 3

  Asia

25 46 54 94 109 126

  North and Central America

44 46 64 72 54 45

  Oceania

2 2 3 3 3 3

  South America

3 4 6 8 11 11

  World

126 146 188 251 259 257

Paper & paperboard (million tonnes)

           

  Europe

           

     UK

9 11 11 13 11 10

     EU-271

62 68 83 87 88 80

     Total Europe

71 73 90 98 101 92

  Africa

4 4 4 6 7 6

  Asia

62 85 102 131 164 168

  North and Central America

88 101 110 107 99 88

  Oceania

3 4 5 5 5 5

  South America

8 10 12 14 16 16

  World

235 277 323 362 392 374

Not National Statistics.

Source: FAO.

Notes:

1. Cyprus is included in EU-27 total but is part of FAO's Asia region.

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