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Forestry Statistics 2013


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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 2012 were previously published in "UK Wood Production and Trade: 2012 Provisional Figures", released on 16 May 2013. Some figures for 2011 and 2012 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:

  • 5.2 million cubic metres of sawnwood in 2012, a 5% increase from the 2011 figure;
  • 2.6 million cubic metres of wood-based panels in 2012, a 6% decrease from 2011;
  • 6.1 million tonnes of paper in 2012, an 11% decrease from 2011.
  • The total value of wood product imports in 2012 was £6.4 billion, of which £4.3 billion was pulp and paper.
  • Sawn softwood, particleboard, fibreboard, and paper and paperboard were overwhelmingly imported from EU countries in 2012.
  • Sawn hardwood and wood pulp imports originated from a range of both EU and non-EU countries in 2012.
  • The vast majority of UK imports of plywood in 2012 came from countries outwith the EU.

UK exports:

  • The total value of wood product exports in 2012 was £1.8 billion, of which £1.6 billion was pulp and paper.

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