Forestry Commission logo

Forestry Statistics 2017 - Trade

UK export values by product

previous | next  

Wood product exports from the UK were valued at a total of £1.5 billion in 2016, a decrease of 7% from the 2015 total (Table 3.7). Total exports of wood products in 2016 comprised 88% pulp and paper (mainly paper), 6% wood-based panels, 3% sawnwood and 2% other wood.

Table 3.7 UK export values, 2007-2016

Year 

Sawn
wood

Wood-
based
panels

Other
wood2

Wood
pellets3

Paper

Pulp

Recovered
paper

Total
pulp &
paper

Total 
£ million

2007

70 107 40 .. 1 013 7 407 1 427 1 645

2008

50 104 48 .. 1 114 3 472 1 590 1 792

2009

41 104 20 2 1 010 10 342 1 362 1 530

2010

47 113 35 7 1 068 18 524 1 610 1 812

2011

41 128 50 3 1 044 11 595 1 650 1 872

2012

34 130 51 4 1 048 10 531 1 589 1 807

2013

37 109 47 5 1 017 8 494 1 519 1 717

2014

43 107 39 2 997 7 476 1 480 1 672

2015

44 75 35 1 901 7 534 1 441 1 597

2016

50 91 31 0 838 4 465 1 307 1 478

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).

Links to Forestry Statistics 2017