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Forestry Statistics 2017 - Trade

Apparent consumption of wood products in the UK

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Table 3.2 provides volumes of UK production, trade and apparent consumption in selected wood products.  It differs from table 3.1 in terms of both coverage (table 3.1 covers a wider range of wood and wood products, including secondary processed products) and in terms of units (wood raw material equivalents in table 3.1, volumes of product in table 3.2).

UK production accounted for 36% of the UK sawnwood market, 49% of the UK wood-based panel market and 41% of the UK paper market in 2016 (Table 3.2).

Table 3.2 Apparent consumption of wood products1,2 in the UK, 2016

Product

UK
production

Imports

Exports

Apparent
consumption

Sawnwood (thousand m3)

 

 

 

 

     Coniferous

3 624

6 219

166

9 677

     Non-coniferous

47

427

25

449

     Total

3 671 6 646 191 10 125

Wood-based panels
(thousand m3)

 

 

 

 

     Veneer sheets

0

26

3

23

     Plywood

0 1 479 66 1 413

     Particleboard

2 349 1 089 182 3 256

     Fibreboard

684 816 65 1 435

     Total

3 033 3 410 315 6 128

Paper & paperboard
(thousand tonnes)

       

     Graphic papers

897 3 232 292 3 837

     Sanitary & household papers

728 377 16 1 089

     Packaging materials

1 800 2 184 340 3 644

     Other paper & paperboard

250 153 112 291

     Total

3 675 5 946 760 8 861

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

Notes:

1. Excludes other wood products, e.g. fuelwood and round fencing.

2. Excludes roundwood and intermediate products (e.g. sawmill products, pulp and recovered paper) to avoid double-counting.

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