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Table 3.8 presents data on the source of selected wood products that have been imported into the UK in 2015.
Sawn softwood, particleboard, fibreboard, and paper and paperboard were overwhelmingly imported from EU countries in 2015 (Table 3.8):
Sawn hardwood and wood pulp imports originated from a range of both EU and non-EU countries in 2015:
The vast majority of UK imports of plywood and wood pellets came from countries outwith the EU in 2015:
|Source||Sawn softwood||Sawn hardwood||Plywood||Particle-board||Fibre-board||Pellets||Wood
|per cent of total UK imports (volume) in each category|
Source: UK overseas trade statistics (HM Revenue & Customs), industry associations.
Figure 3.2 shows the main sources of imports of sawn softwood to the UK since 1962. The total level of sawn softwood imports has fluctuated over the period, between around 5 million m3 and 10 million m3. Imports from Canada have reduced since the early 1990s; those from the Baltic States have increased between 1994 and 2003, but have reduced since then. Sweden has consistently been the principal country of origin for UK sawn softwood imports since 1993.
Figure 3.2 Country of origin of sawn softwood imports to the UK, 1962-2015
Source: FAO, UK overseas trade statistics (HM Revenue & Customs), industry associations.
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