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UK import values by product

Wood product imports in 2015 were valued at a total of £7.5 billion, a 5% increase from the level in 2014 (Table 3.6).

Pulp and paper (including recovered paper) imports were valued at £4.4 billion in 2015 (around three fifths of the total value of wood product imports). Sawnwood imports were valued at £1.3 billion in 2015, wood-based panels at £1.0 billion and wood pellets at £0.8 billion.

Table 3.6 UK import values, 2006-2015
Year Sawn
wood
Wood-based
panels
Other wood2 Wood pellets3 Paper Pulp Recovered
paper
Total pulp
& paper
Total
£ million
2006 1 144 926 112 .. 3 599 548 9 4 156 6 338
2007 1 516 914 128 .. 3 741 526 7 4 275 6 833
2008 1 085 873 158 .. 3 655 608 10 4 273 6 389
2009 953 677 104 7 3 635 425 11 4 071 5 811
2010 1 199 781 110 69 3 997 593 17 4 607 6 765
2011 1 080 838 79 129 4 049 613 34 4 696 6 822
2012 1 084 791 75 185 3 727 519 21 4 266 6 402
2013 1 180 882 88 412 3 644 500 21 4 165 6 727
2014 1 420 936 82 545 3 667 509 19 4 196 7 180
2015 1 311 958 96 777 3 711 642 23 4 375 7 517

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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