UK Wood Production and Exports in decline, Forestry Commission reports
The Forestry Commission has released provisional figures on UK wood production and trade for 2015 including data on production, imports and exports of roundwood (logs) and wood products for the UK.
The statistics show a marked decline in UK production of sawnwood (-7%), paper and paperboard (-10%).
Similarly, the UK saw a fall in roundwood harvesting (-6%) and deliveries to sawmills (-8%)
The reduced internal supply of wood products was compensated by a growth in imports, widening the UK trade deficit.
In 2015 the total value of wood product imports was £7.5 billion (+5%), of which £4.4 billion was pulp and paper (+4%), while the overall value of wood product exports was £1.6 billion (-5%).
The Forestry Commission Statistics also show a peak in wood pellets imports (+38%) reaching a record volume of 9.7 million cubic metres.
Read the complete report here.