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UK export quantities by product

A total of 5.5 million tonnes of pulp and paper (including recovered paper) was exported from the UK in 2017 (table 3.5), representing a 3% decrease from 2016.

Table 3.5 UK export quantities, 2008-20171

Year (thousand m3)   (thousand tonnes)    
  Sawn wood5 Wood-based panels4 Other wood2 Wood pellets3 Paper Pulp Recovered paper Total pulp & paper
2008 222 520 1289 .. 1031 10 4891 5932
2009 203 451 657 12 896 22 4444 5361
2010 195 509 1029 60 926 35 4388 5349
2011 162 546 1430 38 974 32 4479 5485
2012 141 597 1779 54 1102 36 4447 5585
2013 167 432 1267 106 1119 23 4248 5390
2014 175 404 1083 98 1010 21 4436 5467
2015 187 286 1018 88 807 24 4881 5712
2016 193 314 814 21 760 7 4932 5700
2017 218 379 756 126 788 7 4733 5528

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, residues and, from 2017, includes recovered wood. Excludes wood pellets from 2009.

3. .. Denotes data not available (wood pellets included within 'Other wood' category before 2009).

4. Includes veneer sheets.

5. Sawnwood includes sleepers from 2017.

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