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Forestry Statistics 2014 - 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 394 million m3 sawnwood, 299 million m3 wood-based panels and 397 million tonnes of paper and paperboard in 2012 (Table 9.6).

Almost two fifths (37%) of all sawnwood in 2012 was consumed in Asia and around one quarter each in Europe (26%) and in North & Central America (25%). Reflecting the increased production of sawnwood in recent years (see Table 9.5), apparent consumption of sawnwood increased by 6% overall between 2010 and 2012. This was driven by a 24% increase in apparent consumption in Asia; there was a decline over the same period in Europe and in South America.

Asia consumed around one half (53%) of the world's wood-based panels in 2012, around one quarter (24%) was consumed in Europe and 17% in North & Central America. Apparent consumption of wood-based panels worldwide increased by 7% between 2010 and 2012.

Almost one half (48%) of all paper and paperboard in 2012 was consumed in Asia, around one quarter (23%) 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 2012.

Table 9.6 Apparent consumption of wood products by region, 1990-2012

Region

1990

1995

20002005

 2010

2012

Sawnwood (million m3)

           

  Europe

 

 

   

 

 

     UK

13

8

10 11

9

8

     EU-271

96

80

99 103

 90

83

     Total Europe

157 109 121 121  109 103

  Africa

10 12 10 13 16 16

  Asia

112

112

77 97

 117

145

  North and Central America

119 126 143 166 95 98

  Oceania

6 7 8 8 8 7

  South America

20 24 28 31 27 25

  World

426

390

387 436

 372

394

Wood-based panels (million m3)

           

  Europe

           

     UK

5 5 6 6 6 5

     EU-271

40 41 53 59 56 53

     Total Europe

51 47 59 71  70 71

  Africa

1 2 2 3 4 4

  Asia

25 46 54 92 139 157

  North and Central America

44 47 65 73 50 50

  Oceania

2 2 3 3 3 3

  South America

3 4 6 8 13 14

  World

126 147 189 250  279 299

Paper & paperboard (million tonnes)

           

  Europe

           

     UK

9 11 12 13 11 9

     EU-271

62 68 83 87 84 80

     Total Europe

71 73 90 98  94 92

  Africa

4 4 5 6 7 7

  Asia

62 85 103 134 179 190

  North and Central America

88 101 110 107 92 86

  Oceania

3 4 5 5 5 4

  South America

8 10 12 14 16 17

  World

235 277 325 364  393 397

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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