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Forestry Statistics 2017 - Trade

UK import quantities by product

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Wood imports to the UK in 2016 included 6.6 million cubic metres of sawnwood (a 5% increase from the previous year), 3.4 million cubic metres of wood-based panels (6% increase) and 6.8 million tonnes of wood pellets (3% increase) (Table 3.4). A total of 5.9 million tonnes of paper was imported into the UK in 2016, a decrease of 1% from 2015.

Table 3.4 UK import quantities, 2007-2016
Year (thousand m3) (thousand tonnes)

 

Sawn
wood

Wood-
based
panels

Other
wood2

Wood
pellets3

Paper

 Pulp  

Recovered
paper

Total
pulp &
paper

2007

8 469 3 858 1 621 .. 7 890 1 427 88 9 405

2008

5 886 3 389 1 921 .. 7 403 1 344 74 8 821

2009

5 240 2 500 821 45 7 018 940 94 8 052

2010

5 699 2 701 1 071 551 7 254 1 094 115 8 462

2011

4 936 2 827 985 1 015 6 887 1 009 177 8 073

2012

5 179 2 650 965 1 487 6 631 1 021 160 7 812

2013

5 488 2 964 1 267 3 432 5 929 1 100 184 7 213

2014

6 425 3 260 1 329 4 773 5 949 1 234 136 7 319

2015

6 323 3 215 1 378 6 573 6 032 1 223 305 7 560

2016

6 646 3 410 1 208 6 782 5 946 1 156 125 7 227

Source: UK overseas trade statistics (HM Revenue & Customs), industry associations

Notes:

1. There are reliability concerns for some of these figures, particularly for individual products (see Sources chapter).

2. Includes roundwood, wood charcoal, chips, particles and residues. Excludes wood pellets from 2009.

3. .. Denotes data not available (wood pellets included within 'Other wood' category before 2009).

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