Smaller timber stocks than last autumn
Stocks of softwood sawlogs, pulpwood and chips amounted to 8.5 million cubic metres on September 30, 2020, according to statistics from The Swedish Forest Agency. Both stocks of softwood sawlogs and pulpwood were lower than at the same time last year.
Stocks of softwood sawlogs amounted to 2.6 million cubic metres, which is 9 percent less than last autumn, but an increase of nearly 300,000 cubic metres since last summer.
Stocks of pulpwood have declined since last summer, reaching 5 million cubic metres. This is 10 percent less than last autumn, but it remains high compared to the same time in 2017 and 2018.
The largest decreases in stocks were in balance area 4, i.e. the south of the country. Stocks of softwood sawlogs were 21 percent lower and pulpwood stocks 28 percent lower than in autumn 2019.
Increasing stocks of softwood pulpwood
By assortment, stocks of pulpwood consisted of 3.6 million cubic metres of softwood, 0.6 million cubic metres of spruce and 0.8 million of hardwood. Compared to last autumn, stocks of softwood pulpwood and hardwood pulpwood have decreased by 13 percent and 8 percent respectively. By contrast, stocks of spruce pulpwood have increased by 6 percent.
Stocks of softwood pulpwood declined across the country. Stocks of spruce pulpwood increased in most of the country except in balance area 1, i.e. the far north.
The stock of chips was just under 1 million cubic meters.10 percent higher than at the same time last year.
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).