Large stocks of pulpwood but stocks of sawlogs have decreased
According to statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency, stocks of coniferous sawlogs, pulpwood and chips are estimated to have reached 9.1 million cubic metres as of June 30, 2020. This is a decrease of 10 percent since the same date last year.
The decrease in stocks is mainly due to the fact that stocks of coniferous sawlogs were as much as 30 percent lower than last summer, when stocks of sawlogs were unusually high. This year's stock of coniferous sawlogs was 2.3 million cubic meters, which is in line with the summers of 2017 and 2018. Stocks of coniferous sawlogs have decreased in all wood balance regions.
Stocks of pulpwood was 5.6 million cubic metres, which is 2 percent less than last summer, but still high compared to the summers of 2017 and 2018. In region 4, the southern part of the country, stocks of pulpwood fell by 13 percent compared with the same time last year. Even there, however, stocks were significantly higher than in summer 2018.
Increasing stocks of softwood pulpwood
By assortment, pulpwood stocks consisted of 4.4 million cubic metres of softwood, 0.5 million cubic metres of spruce and 0.7 million of hardwood. Compared to last summer, the stock of softwood pulpwood has increased by 7 percent, while stocks of spruce and hardwood have decreased by 33 percent and 14 percent, respectively. The stocks of softwood pulpwood increased in all wood balance regions except for region 4.
Larger stocks of pulpchips
The stocks of chips are estimated to have reached 1.2 million cubic metres. That's 6 percent more than the same time last year and as much as 36 percent more than the summer of 2018.
The survey is part of the Official Statistics of Sweden.
All results are found in the statistical database.
Cubic metres are in m³ f ub = cubic metre solid volume excl. bark
Wood balance regions
Wood balance region 1: Västernorrland, Västerbotten, Norrbotten and Jämtland counties (excl. Härjedalen municipality)
Wood balance region 2: Stockholm, Uppsala, Gotland, Västmanland, Dalarna and Gävleborg counties and Härjedalen municipality.
Wood balance region 3: Västra Götaland (excl. Ale, Lerum, Vårgårda, Bollebygd, Tranemo, Lilla Edet, Mark, Svenljunga, Herrljunga, Vänersborg, Trollhättan, Alingsås, Borås and Ulricehamn municipalities), Värmland and Örebro counties and Habo and Mullsjö municipalities.
Wood balance region 4: Södermanland, Östergötland, Jönköping (excl. Habo and Mullsjö municipalities), Kronoberg, Kalmar, Blekinge, Skåne och Halland counties and the municipalities of Ale, Lerum, Vårgårda, Bollebygd, Tranemo, Lilla Edet, Mark, Svenljunga, Herrljunga, Vänersborg, Trollhättan, Alingsås, Borås and Ulricehamn).