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Forestry Statistics 2013 - International Forestry

Apparent consumption of wood products

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Apparent consumption (defined as production + imports - exports) of wood products around the world totalled 393 million m3 sawnwood, 287 million m3 wood-based panels and 403 million tonnes of paper and paperboard in 2011 (Table 9.6).

Around one third (35%) of all sawnwood was consumed in Asia and around one quarter each in Europe (27%) and in North & Central America (24%). Reflecting the increased production of sawnwood in 2011 (see Table 9.5), apparent consumption of sawnwood increased by 4% overall between 2010 and 2011. This was driven by a 15% increase in apparent consumption in Asia; there was a decline over the same period in most other regions.

Asia consumed around one half (51%) of the world's wood-based panels, around one quarter (25%) was consumed in Europe and 17% in North & Central America. Apparent consumption of wood-based panels worldwide increased by 3% between 2010 and 2011.

Almost one half (47%) of all paper and paperboard was consumed in Asia in 2011, around one quarter (24%) in Europe and a further one fifth (22%) in North & Central America. At a global level, apparent consumption of paper and paperboard increased by 1% between 2010 and 2011, mainly reflecting an increase in Asia.

Table 9.6 Apparent consumption of wood products by region, 1990-2011

Region

1990

1995

20002005

 2010

2011

Sawnwood (million m3)

           

  Europe

 

 

   

 

 

     UK

13

8

10 11

9

8

     EU-271

96

80

99 103

 89

88

     Total Europe

157 109 121 121  109 108

  Africa

10 12 10 13 16 15

  Asia

112

112

78 97

 119

136

  North and Central America

119 126 143 166 93 93

  Oceania

6 7 8 8 7 7

  South America

20 24 28 30 33 34

  World

426

390

388 435

 377

393

Wood-based panels (million m3)

           

  Europe

           

     UK

5 5 6 6 6 6

     EU-271

40 41 53 59 56 57

     Total Europe

51 47 59 71  70 73

  Africa

1 2 2 3 4 4

  Asia

25 46 54 92 139 145

  North and Central America

44 46 64 72 50 48

  Oceania

2 2 3 3 3 3

  South America

3 4 6 8 13 13

  World

126 146 189 249  279 287

Paper & paperboard (million tonnes)

           

  Europe

           

     UK

9 11 12 13 11 10

     EU-271

62 68 83 87 85 83

     Total Europe

71 73 90 98  97 96

  Africa

4 4 5 6 7 7

  Asia

62 85 103 134 182 190

  North and Central America

88 101 110 107 92 89

  Oceania

3 4 5 5 5 5

  South America

8 10 12 14 16 17

  World

235 277 325 364  400 403

Source: FAO.

Notes:

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

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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