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Apparent consumption of wood products in the UK

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  3624 6219 166 9677
Non-coniferous 47 427 25 449
Total 3671 6646 191 10125
Wood-based panels (thousand m3)         
Veneer sheets 0 26 3 23
Plywood  0 1479 66 1413
Particleboard  2349 1089 182 3256
Fibreboard 684 816 65 1435
Total 3033 3410 315 6128
Paper & paperboard (thousand tonnes)        
Graphic papers 897 3232 292 3837
Sanitary & household papers  728 377 16 1089
Packaging materials 1800 2184 340 3644
Other paper & paperboard  250 153 112 291
Total 3675 5946 760 8861

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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