Focus on: Source of Supply 2017

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Focus on: Source of Supply 2017

[Last update: 5th April 2018]

The charts below  - part of the TTF Statistical Bulletin for April 2018 - focus on the Source of Supply for UK Timber and Panel Imports in 2018 (by volume)

Global Supply: UK imports of the main timber and panel products rose in 2017 by 10.8% to climb to a total of nearly 10.9 million m3. Europe accounted for the great majority of this volume, supplying almost 87% of all imports, an increase in the share of volume of nearly 1%.

Volume from Europe rose to 9.4 million m3; more volume by nearly 1 million m3. Europe defined here is all of Europe including Russia. Import volume specifically from the EU amounted to 8.9 million m3, or around 95% of all volume from Europe, up from 93% in 2016. Imports from the EU as a share of all volume from all regions amounted to 82% of the total in 2017.

The share of supply from Asia fell once again in 2017, to 7.5% of all imports, down from 8.0% in 2016 and 8.7% in 2015.

The share of supply held by North America was also lower in 2017, down to 1.7% from 1.9% in 2016, 2.1% in 2015 and 2.3% in 2014.

The increasing share of supply from Europe also affected the share of volume supplied from Central and South America where volume amounted to 3.3% of the 2017 total, down from 3.5% in 2016 and 3.8% in 2015.

Although the volume supplied from Africa is relatively small in overall terms, this region improved its 2017 share of total supply to 0.7% from 0.5% in 2016.

Focus On April 2018 - 02 Europe

Supply from Europe: Softwood continues to be the highest volume product imported from Europe, accounting for nearly 71% of all volume from Europe. Despite greater volumes of softwood imported in 2017 from Europe, the share of supply fell from nearly 73% of the total in 2016. This was due to higher growth of hardwood and MDF supplied from and through European countries in 2017. The share of hardwood supplied in 2017 rose to 3.2% of the total, up from 2.6% in 2016. The share of MDF increased to 8.1% of supply from Europe, up from 7.1% in 2016. The share particleboard and softwood plywood supplied from Europe in 2017 was very similar to 2016. Less hardwood plywood imported from Europe realised a lower share of supply, down to 2.9% from 3.5% while growth in OSB volume raised its share to 4.1% of the total, up from 3.2% in 2016.

Focus On April 2018 - 03 Asia

Supply from Asia: The great majority of imports to the UK sourced from Asia consists of hardwood plywood with the share this product accounting for 90% of all volume from this region - very similar to that in 2016. China, Malaysia and Indonesia all increased shipments of hardwood plywood to the UK in 2017. A small increase in the volume and share of softwood plywood from Asian countries took place in 2017.

Focus On April 2018 - 04 Central and South America

Supply from the Americas: Central and South America supplies the majority of softwood plywood imported by the UK with nearly 89% of the volumes sourced from this region consisting of softwood plywood.

Focus On April 2018 - North America

The majority of supply from North America is hardwood and softwood. The share of softwood supplied from North America rose in 2017 to 32.5% from 29.5% in 2016 with both Canada and the USA shipping higher volumes. The share of hardwood from this region fell from nearly 63% of the 2016 total to 58% in 2017 due to a reduction in hardwood volume supplied from the USA.