Forestry Statistics 2012


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This chapter contains information about UK imports and exports of wood products, and about the level of apparent consumption estimated from data for UK production, imports and exports.

Information on imports and exports mainly comes from the Overseas Trade Statistics compiled by HM Revenue & Customs. Estimates are provided at a UK level only. International comparisons of apparent consumption are provided in the International Forestry chapter. Further information on the data sources and methodology used to compile the figures is provided in the Sources chapter.

Figures for 2011 were previously published in "UK Wood Production and Trade: 2011 Provisional Figures", released on 17 May 2012. Some figures for 2010 and 2011 have been revised from those previously published. For further details on revisions, see the Trade section of the Sources chapter.

A copy of all trade tables is available to download as an Excel spreadsheet from the Tables for Download page.

Key findings

The main findings are:

UK imports:

  • 4.9 million cubic metres of sawnwood in 2011, a 14% decrease from the 2010 figure;
  • 2.8 million cubic metres of wood-based panels in 2011, a 5% increase from 2010;
  • 6.9 million tonnes of paper in 2011, a 5% decrease from 2010.
  • The total value of wood product imports in 2011 was £6.8 billion, of which £4.7 billion was pulp and paper.

UK exports:

  • The total value of wood product exports in 2011 was £1.9 billion, of which £1.6 billion was pulp and paper.

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