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Finland imported 11% less wood in 2014

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The Finnish forest sector consumed 63.9 million m3 of wood in 2014. Timber consumption volume remained unchanged against 2013, but it increased by 6% in comparison with 5-year average.

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Apart from timber, about 9.2 million m3 of wood chips and sawdust were used in Finnish forest sector last year, reports Luke, Natural Resources Institute of Finland.

Domestically harvested wood consumption was up 2% and came up to 55 million m3, while wood imports decreased by 11% down to 8.9 million m3.

The dynamics of consumption from the point of view of industry brunches was the following: the biggest share of raw wood was used in pulp production – 29.5 million m3, down 3 % against 2013. Second place by raw wood consumption was taken by sawing – 23.6 million m3, up 4%.

According to Luke's report, wood consumption varied by regions of the country. Thus, in 2014 South-Eastern Finland consumed most raw wood, its consumption of this resourse accounting for more than 30% in total Finnish wood consumption – 19,9 million m3.

South-Western Finland took the 2nd places by consumption. The share of imported timber in total wood consumption in South-Eastern Finland came up to more than 70%.

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