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UK import values by product

Wood product imports in 2016 were valued at a total of £7.5 billion, unchanged from the level in 2015 (Table 3.6).

Pulp and paper (including recovered paper) imports were valued at £4.1 billion in 2016 (over one half of the total value of wood product imports). Sawnwood imports were valued at £1.4 billion in 2016, wood-based panels at £1.0 billion and wood pellets at £0.9 billion.

Table 3.6 UK import values, 2007-2016

Year Sawnwood Wood-based panels Other wood2 Wood pellets3 Paper Pulp Recovered paper Total pulp & paper Total
£ million         
2007 1516 914 128 .. 3741 526 7 4275 6833
2008 1085 873 158 .. 3655 608 10 4273 6389
2009 953 677 104 7 3635 425 11 4071 5811
2010 1199 781 110 69 3997 593 17 4607 6765
2011 1080 838 79 129 4049 613 34 4696 6822
2012 1084 791 75 185 3727 519 21 4266 6402
2013 1180 882 88 412 3644 500 21 4165 6727
2014 1420 936 80 547 3667 509 19 4196 7180
2015 1311 957 88 780 3711 642 23 4375 7510
2016 1412 1010 86 915 3434 608 13 4054 7477

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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