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Forestry Statistics 2015 - 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 418 million m3 sawnwood, 356 million m3 wood-based panels and 395 million tonnes of paper and paperboard in 2013 (Table 9.6).

Almost two fifths (38%) of all sawnwood in 2013 was consumed in Asia and around one quarter each in Europe (25%) 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 12% overall between 2010 and 2013. This was driven by a 34% increase in apparent consumption in Asia; there was a decline over the same period in Europe.

Asia consumed around three-fifths (59%) of the world's wood-based panels in 2013, around two-fifths (20%) was consumed in Europe and 15% in North & Central America. Apparent consumption of wood-based panels worldwide increased by 25% between 2010 and 2013, largely resulting from increased demand in Asia.

Almost one half (47%) of all paper and paperboard in 2013 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 was unchanged between 2010 and 2013.

Table 9.6 Apparent consumption of wood products by region, 1990-2013

Region

1990

1995

20002005

 2010

2013

Sawnwood (million m3)

           

  Europe

 

 

   

 

 

     UK

13

8

10 11

9

9

     EU-271 2

96

80

99 103

 89

83

     Total Europe

158 109 121 121  109 103

  Africa

10 12 10 13 16 18

  Asia

112

112

77 97

 117

158

  North and Central America

119 126 143 166 95 106

  Oceania

6 7 8 8 8 7

  South America

20 24 28 31 27 27

  World

426

390

387 436

 372

418

Wood-based panels (million m3)

           

  Europe

           

     UK

5 5 6 6 6 6

     EU-271 2

40 41 53 59 56 53

     Total Europe

52 47 59 71  69 71

  Africa

1 2 2 3 4 5

  Asia

25 46 54 99 146 209

  North and Central America

44 47 65 73 49 52

  Oceania

2 2 3 3 3 3

  South America

3 4 6 7 13 15

  World

127 147 189 257  285 356

Paper & paperboard (million tonnes)

           

  Europe

           

     UK

9 11 12 13 11 9

     EU-271 2

62 68 83 87 84 81

     Total Europe

71 73 90 98  95 92

  Africa

4 4 5 6 7 7

  Asia

62 85 103 134 179 188

  North and Central America

88 101 110 107 92 87

  Oceania

3 4 5 5 5 5

  South America

8 10 12 14 16 17

  World

236 277 325 364  394 395

Source: FAO.

Notes:

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

2. Croatia joined the EU on 1 July 2013; it is not included in the EU total above.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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