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Wood imports to the UK in 2017 included 7.9 million cubic metres of sawnwood (a 16% increase from the previous year), 3.4 million cubic metres of wood-based panels (1% increase) and 6.9 million tonnes of wood pellets (2% increase) (Table 3.4). A total of 5.6 million tonnes of paper was imported into the UK in 2017, a decrease of 5% from 2016.
Table 3.4 UK import quantities, 2008-20171
|Year||(thousand m3)||(thousand tonnes)|
|Sawn wood5||Wood-based panels4||Other wood2||Wood pellets3||Paper||Pulp||Recovered paper||Total pulp & paper|
Source: UK overseas trade statistics (HM Revenue & Customs), industry associations
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.
Sources chapter: Trade
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