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Apparent consumption (defined as production + imports – exports) of wood products around the world totalled 481 million m3 sawnwood, 398 million m3 wood-based panels and 413 million tonnes of paper and paperboard in 2017 (Table 9.6).
Two fifths (40%) of all sawnwood in 2017 was consumed in Asia and around one quarter each in North & Central America (26%) and in Europe (24%). Reflecting the increased production of sawnwood (see Table 9.5), apparent consumption of sawnwood increased by 8% overall between 2015 and 2017. This was driven by increases in apparent consumption in most regions.
Asia consumed around three fifths (59%) of the world’s wood-based panels in 2017, around one fifth (20%) was consumed in Europe and 15% in North & Central America. Apparent consumption of wood-based panels worldwide increased by 4% between 2015 and 2017, largely resulting from increased demand in Europe.
One half (50%) of all paper and paperboard in 2017 was consumed in Asia, around one fifth (22%) in Europe and a further one fifth (21%) in North & Central America. At a global level, apparent consumption of paper and paperboard increased by 3% between 2015 and 2017.
|Sawnwood (million m3)|
|North and Central America||119||143||95||119||126|
|Wood-based panels (million m3)|
|North and Central America||44||64||48||56||60|
|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
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