Stocks of timber along the forest road side.

Reduced stocks of sawlogs and increased stocks of pulpwood

Nyhet | Statistik - 08 February 2022

Timber stocks amounted to 8.7 million cubic meters on December 31, 2021, which is a decrease of 4 percent compared to the same time the year before, according to the Swedish Forest Agency's inventory survey. In terms of assortment, stocks of pulpwood and wood chips have decreased while stocks of softwood sawlogs have increased.

Stocks of softwood sawlogs increased at the end of 2021 to 3.5 million cubic metres on 31 December. That was 16 percent more than at the same time in 2020 and 13 percent more than the average for the same time over the past five years.

Pulpwood stocks also increased slightly at the end of the year to 4.3 million cubic metres at the end of the year. Stocks were still 13 percent lower than the same time last year and 1 percent lower than the year-end average over the past five years.

The stock of pulp chips amounted to just over 0.8 million cubic meters, which was 21 percent less than the same in 2020. At the end of the year, stocks of pulp chips have averaged 0.9 million cubic metres by the end of the year.

Major regional differences

Stocks of softwood sawlogs were 6 percent lower in balance region 1 (see explanation below) at the end of 2021 compared to the same time in 2020. The large increases in stocks of softwood sawlogs compared to last year were thus found in the rest of the country. In balance region 2, stocks were 27 percent larger, in balance region 3 the stocks were 20 percent larger and in balance region 4, stocks were 24 percent higher.

Pulpwood stocks remained largely unchanged in balance region 1 but decreased a lot in the rest of the country. In balance region 2, the stock of pulpwood was 14 percent smaller, in balance region 3 the stock was 23 percent smaller and in balance region 4 the stock was 31 percent smaller. All compared to the end of 2020.

All pulpwood assortments decreased

At the end of 2021, stocks of coniferous pulpwood were just under 3.3 million cubic metres. This was 10 percent less than at the same time in 2020 but 4 percent more than the average over the past five years.

The stocks of spruce pulpwood were about 0.4 million cubic metres, which was a decrease of 27 percent. The relatively small stock volumes of spruce pulpwood have persisted. Compared to the average at the end of the last five years, the stock of spruce pulpwood was 24 percent smaller in the end of 2021.

Stocks of pulpwood of hardwood decreased by 18 percent to just over 0.6 million cubic metres.

Explanation

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

Wood balance regions

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

All results are found in our Statistical database.

Stocks at end of quarter

Source: Swedish Forest Agency and Swedish Forest Industry Federation

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