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UK import quantities by product

Wood imports to the UK in 2015 included 6.3 million cubic metres of sawnwood (a 2% decrease from the previous year), 3.2 million cubic metres of wood-based panels (1% decrease) and 6.5 million tonnes of wood pellets (38% increase) (Table 3.4). A total of 5.9 million tonnes of paper was imported into the UK in 2015, unchanged from 2014.

Table 3.4 UK import quantities, 2006-2015
Year (thousand m3) (thousand tonnes)
Sawnwood Wood-based panels Other wood2 Wood pellets3 Paper Pulp Recovered
paper
Total pulp
& paper
2006 7 963 3 959 1 133 .. 7 741 1 452 140 9 332
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 3 389 5 929 1 100 184 7 213
2014 6 425 3 260 1 351 4 757 5 949 1 234 136 7 319
2015 6 323 3 217 1 471 6 548 5 922 1 223 239 7 384

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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