Stocks of timber along the forest road side.

Stocks of timber nearly 10 million cubic meters

Nyhet | Statistik - 03 May 2022

Timber stocks amounted to 9.9 million cubic meters on March 31, 2022, according to the Swedish Forest Agency's inventory survey. In terms of assortment, stocks of pulpwood were 5.2 million cubic meters, pulp chips 1 million cubic meters and stocks of softwood sawlogs 3.9 million cubic meters.

New for this year is that we can report stocks of softwood sawlogs per storage location. Of the total stock of softwood sawlogs, 2.2 million cubic meters, or close to 60 per cent, were by road. The stock at industry amounted to 1.6 million cubic meters. Only 130,000 cubic meters were in a terminal.

Stocks of softwood pulpwood amounted to 3.7 million cubic meters, spruce pulpwood to 0.6 million cubic meters and stocks of hardwood pulpwood amounted to 0.9 million cubic meters.

Regional differences

The largest stock of pulpwood was found in the northern part of the country (timber balance area 1). Stocks of softwood sawlogs were relatively similar except in balance area 3 where stocks were lowest. See figure below and explanation of balance areas further down.

Changes in the survey

We've made a couple of changes to this year's survey. The changes include the fact that we no longer use data on stocks of softwood sawlogs in industry from the Swedish Forest Industries member survey. The reason for this change is that we want to be able to report even softwood sawlogs at the terminal and road, which the Swedish Forest Industries does not collect.

We are also seeing slightly increased volumes of the other assortments as the survey has been expanded with a few companies.

The changes mean increased volumes of softwood sawlogs mainly because we now get larger volumes of softwood sawlogs that are in stock by road. The increased stock of softwood saw logs is in the size of 200,000 cubic meters.

The changes bring better quality but also that we cannot make comparisons with timber stocks at the same time last 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 (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.

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