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UK export values by product

Wood product exports from the UK were valued at a total of £1.9 billion in 2017, an increase of 26% from the 2016 total (Table 3.7). Total exports of wood products in 2017 comprised 89% pulp and paper (mainly paper), 6% wood-based panels, 3% sawnwood and 2% other wood.

Table 3.7 UK export values, 2008-20171

Year Sawnwood Wood-based panels Other wood2 Woodpellets3 Paper Pulp Recovered paper Total pulp & paper Total
£ million         
2008 50 104 48 .. 1114 3 472 1590 1792
2009 41 104 20 2 1010 10 342 1362 1530
2010 47 113 35 7 1068 18 524 1610 1812
2011 41 128 50 3 1044 11 595 1650 1872
2012 34 130 51 4 1048 10 531 1589 1807
2013 37 109 47 5 1017 8 494 1519 1717
2014 43 107 39 2 997 7 476 1480 1672
2015 44 75 35 1 901 7 534 1441 1597
2016 50 91 26 0 838 4 465 1307 1473
2017 55 109 38 6 997 5 649 1651 1859

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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