Loading of sawlogs at a sawmill.

Large stocks of softwood sawlogs

Nyhet | Statistik - 04 May 2021

Stocks of softwood sawlogs, pulpwood and pulp chips amounted to 10.3 million cubic metres on 30 March 2021, according to the Swedish Forest Agency's statistics.

Stocks of softwood sawlogs increased to 4 million cubic metres on March 30, which is 14 percent more than the same time in 2020. Stocks have increased in all wood balance areas except wood balance area 4 where stocks are slightly lower this year than at the same time last year. The average stock of softwood sawlogs on March 30 over the past five years is 3.5 million cubic metres.

Stocks of pulpwood amounted to 5.3 million cubic metres. This is 14 percent less than at the end of 2020, but slightly more than the average for the last five years, which is 5.1 million cubic metres. Stocks have decreased in most of the country except in wood balance area 3, where pulpwood stocks are 24 percent higher this year.

The stock of pulp chips was just over 1 million cubic metres, which was 5 percent more than the same time last year.

Reduced stock of mixed softwood pulpwood and spruce pulpwood but increased stock of hardwood

By assortment, the stocks of pulpwood consisted of 3.6 million cubic metres of mixed softwood pulpwood, 0.6 million cubic metres of spruce pulpwood and 1 million cubic metres of hardwood pulpwood.

Compared to March 30, 2020, stocks of mixed softwood pulpwood have decreased by 19 percent but are still slightly larger than 3.3 million cubic metres, which is the average level for the same time over the past five years. Stocks of spruce pulpwood are 18 percent lower this year than last year and significantly less than the 0.8 million cubic metres that are the average for the past five years. In contrast, stocks of hardwood pulpwood were 14 percent higher this year and slightly higher than the average over the past five years.

Half of the stocks of pulpwood were at the roadside and the rest to about the same parts at industry and terminal respectively.


The cubic metre referred to is m3f ub, solid cubic metres without bark

Wood balance regions

  1. Västernorrland, Västerbotten, Norrbotten and Jämtland counties (excl. Härjedalen municipality)
  2. Stockholm, Uppsala, Gotland, Västmanland, Dalarna and Gävleborg counties and Härjedalen municipality.
  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.
  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).


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