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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 33% of the UK sawnwood market, 51% of the UK wood-based panel market and 44% of the UK paper market in 2017 (Table 3.2).

Table 3.2 Apparent consumption of wood products1,2 in the UK, 2017

Product UK production Imports Exports Apparent consumption
Sawnwood (thousand m3)        
Coniferous  3728 7088 194 10622
Non-coniferous 42 795 24 813
Total 3770 7883 218 11435
Wood-based panels (thousand m3)         
Veneer sheets 0 42 7 35
Plywood  0 1537 92 1445
Particleboard  2501 915 214 3202
Fibreboard 675 950 66 1559
Total 3176 3443 379 6241
Paper & paperboard (thousand tonnes)        
Graphic papers 918 2855 304 3469
Sanitary & household papers  731 389 11 1109
Packaging materials 1936 2224 352 3808
Other paper & paperboard  270 136 122 285
Total 3855 5604 788 8670

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.

3. Includes sleepers from 2017.

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