Large pile of wood at a saw mill.

Reduced pulpwood stocks

Nyhet | Statistik - 02 November 2021

On September 30, timber stocks amounted to 7.8 million cubic meters, of which 2.7 million cubic meters were softwood saw logs, 4.2 million cubic meters pulpwood and 0.9 million cubic meters pulp chips. Stocks of pulpwood were 16 percent lower than the same time last autumn, according to the Swedish Forest Agency's inventory survey.

Stocks of softwood saw logs have not changed since the summer and remained at 2.7 million cubic meters on September 30. This is 4 percent more than at the same time in 2020 and 7 percent more compared with the average for the same time the past five years.

Pulpwood stocks amounted to 4.2 million cubic meters, which was a decrease of 16 percent compared to September 30 in 2020. Even compared to the average at the same time over the past five years, it was a decrease but by a more moderate 5 percent.

The stock of pulp chips was just under 0.9 million cubic meters, which was 10 percent smaller than the same time last year. Stocks of pulp chips have averaged 0.8 million cubic meters at this time of year over the past five years.

Regional differences

Stocks of softwood saw logs were slightly higher this autumn than last autumn in all balance areas except in balance area 1 (northern part of the country) where stocks were 10 percent lower this year.

Stocks decreased for all pulpwood assortments compared to the same time last year in all balance areas except stocks of softwood in balance area 2 (see explanation below) which was 2 percent higher this year.

Explanation

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).

The survey is part of the Official Statistics of Sweden.

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