Apparent consumption (defined as production + imports - exports) of wood products around the world totalled 459 million m3 sawnwood, 407 million m3 wood-based panels and 406 million tonnes of paper and paperboard in 2016 (Table 9.6).
Almost two fifths (38%) of all sawnwood in 2016 was consumed in Asia and around one quarter each in Europe (24%) and in North & Central America (27%). Reflecting the increased production of sawnwood (see Table 9.5), apparent consumption of sawnwood increased by 3% overall between 2015 and 2016. This was driven by increases in apparent consumption in most regions.
Asia consumed around three fifths (62%) of the world's wood-based panels in 2016, around one fifth (19%) was consumed in Europe and 14% in North & Central America. Apparent consumption of wood-based panels worldwide increased by 4% between 2015 and 2016, largely resulting from increased demand in Asia and (to a lesser extent) Europe.
Around one half (49%) of all paper and paperboard in 2016 was consumed in Asia, around one quarter (23%) in Europe and a further one fifth (21%) in North & Central America. At a global level, apparent consumption of paper and paperboard increased by 1% between 2015 and 2016.
Table 9.6 Apparent consumption of wood products by region, 1990-2016
|Sawnwood (million m3)|
|North and Central America||119||143||95||119||124|
|Wood-based panels (million m3)|
|North and Central America||44||65||50||55||56|
|Paper & paperboard (million tonnes)|
|North and Central America||88||110||91||86||87|
1. Cyprus is included in EU-28 total but is part of FAO's Asia region.
These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics. For further information see the Sources chapter.
Sources chapter: International Forestry