Loading of sawlogs at a sawmill.

Smaller timber stocks this year than last winter

Nyhet | Statistik - 09 February 2021

Stocks of softwood sawlogs, pulpwood and pulp chips amounted to 9 million cubic metres on 31 December 2020, according to the Swedish Forest Agency's statistics. Both stocks of softwood sawlogs and pulpwood were slightly lower than at the same time in the previous year, but there were regional differences.

Stocks of softwood sawlogs increased at the end of 2020 to 3 million cubic metres but were 8 percent less than at the same time in 2019. It is worth noting that it was only in the south of the country (timber balance region 4) that stocks of softwood sawlogs decreased compared to last winter. In the rest of the country, stocks remained unchanged or were slightly higher. The average stock of softwood sawlogs at year-end over the past five years is 2.9 million cubic metres

Stocks of pulpwood amounted to 5 million cubic metres. This is 9 percent less than at the end of 2019, a continued high level compared to the average for the last five years of 4.4 million cubic metres. Even when it comes to stocks of pulpwood, there are regional differences. In the north and south (timber balance regions 1 and 4), stocks decreased while they increased in the rest of the country.

The stock of pulp chips was just over 1 million cubic metres, which was 24 percent more than in the year-end 2019.

When we summarize the changes in stocks in 2020, we see that stocks of all assortments increased at the beginning of the year and decreased during the spring. Stocks of softwood sawlogs then increased until the end of the year, while stocks of pulpwood continued to decline until the end of the year when they remained unchanged. 

Still relatively large stocks of mixed softwood pulpwood

Stocks of pulpwood consisted of 3.6 million cubic metres of mixed softwood pulpwood, 0.6 million cubic metres of spruce pulpwood and 0.7 million of hardwood pulpwood. Compared to last year’s end, stocks of mixed softwood pulpwood have fallen by 13 percent but are still significantly higher than the 3.1 million cubic metres that is the average level for the past five years.

Stocks of pulpwood were at 44 percent by roadside, 28 percent in industry and 28 per cent at terminals. Spruce pulpwood and hardwood pulpwood are more often located by road than coniferous pulp wood. At the end of 2020, 68 percent of the spruce pulp wood was by road. The corresponding figures for mixed softwood pulpwood and hardwood pulpwood were 39 percent and 53 percent respectively. In the case of spruce pulpwood and hardwood pulpwood, storage in terminal is less common.

Explanation

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

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