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UK import values by product

Wood product imports in 2018 were valued at a total of £8.3 billion, a 5% increase from 2017 (Table 3.6).

Pulp and paper (including recovered paper) imports were valued at £4.1 billion in 2018 (almost half of the total value of wood product imports).  Sawnwood imports were valued at £1.7 billion in 2018, wood-based panels at £1.2 billion and wood pellets at £1.1 billion.

Table 3.6 UK import values, 2009-20181

Year Sawn wood4 Wood-based panels3 Other wood2 Wood pellets Paper Pulp Recovered paper Total pulp & paper Total
£ million         
2009 953 677 104 7 3635 425 11 4071 5811
2010 1199 781 110 69 3997 593 17 4607 6765
2011 1080 838 79 129 4049 613 34 4696 6822
2012 1084 791 75 185 3727 519 21 4266 6402
2013 1180 882 88 412 3644 500 21 4165 6727
2014 1420 936 80 547 3667 509 19 4196 7180
2015 1311 957 88 780 3711 642 23 4375 7510
2016 1423 1010 85 915 3434 557 13 4003 7436
2017 1636 1155 90 961 3418 572 14 4004 7845
2018 1743 1201 122 1117 3415 639 21 4075 8257

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.

3. Includes veneer sheets.

4. Sawnwood includes sleepers from 2017.

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