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Swedish Forestry | Gross felling is expected to increase in 2018
11th October 2018

Swedish Forestry | Gross felling is expected to increase in 2018

According to a recent forecast from the Swedish Forestry Agency the gross felling in 2018 is estimated to be 92.1 million cubic metre. It is slightly more than 2017 when the gross felling was 90.9 million cubic metre.

The forecast is based on several different sources, as statistics on production, stocks and foreign trade for the whole of 2018 are not yet available. One is the production of soft sawnwood and wood pulp. The consumption of roundwood is estimated with the help of ratio for roundwood equivalent for the products. Thereafter, adjustments are made for stocks and imports respective exports of roundwood.

Forecasts are always subject to uncertainty as they are based in part on assumptions and unexpected events can quickly change the conditions. With regard to the forecast on gross felling in 2018, it should be emphasized that uncertainty is unusually high in terms of stock changes and imports and exports with roundwood.

The estimated increase in gross felling in 2018 is mainly due to the fact that the production of wood pulp and soft sawnwood is expected to grow.

The survey is part of Official Statistics of Sweden.

All results are published in the statistical database.

Gross felling is stem volume, including what is left in the forest. Measured in cubic metre standing volume (stem volume over bark from stump to tip)

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