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Table 3.8 presents data on the source of selected wood products that have been imported into the UK in 2018.
Sawn softwood, particleboard, fibreboard, and paper and paperboard were overwhelmingly imported from EU countries in 2018 (Table 3.8):
Sawn hardwood and wood pulp imports originated from a range of both EU and non-EU countries in 2018:
The vast majority of UK imports of plywood and wood pellets came from countries outside the EU in 2018:
|Source||Sawn1 softwood||Sawn1 hardwood||Plywood||Particle-board||Fibre-board||Pellets||Wood pulp||Paper and paperboard|
|per cent of total UK imports (volume) in each category|
Source: UK overseas trade statistics (HM Revenue & Customs), industry associations.
1. Sawnwood imports in this table exclude sleepers.
Figure 3.2 shows the main sources of imports of sawn softwood to the UK since 1962. The total level of sawn softwood imports has fluctuated between around 5 million m3 and 10 million m3 from 1962 to present. Imports to the UK from Canada have reduced substantially since the early 1990s. In contrast imports from the Baltic States increased between 1992 and 2003 and, although there was some decline between 2003 to 2012, imports from the Baltic States to the UK have started to increase again in recent years. Since 1993 Sweden has consistently been the principal country of origin for UK sawn softwood imports.
Source: FAO, UK overseas trade statistics (HM Revenue & Customs), industry associations.
1. Sawn softwood imports in this chart exclude sleepers.
Sources chapter: Trade
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