Australian forest and wood products statistics

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March and June quarters 2019 overview

Australia's trade in wood products 2018-19

Australia’s trade in wood products 2018−19

This issue of the Australian forest and wood products statistics (AFWPS) presents 2017–18 data for key indicators of domestic forestry sector activity, including sales and service income and industry value added. It includes estimates of the volume and value of logs harvested in 2018−19 as well as housing and other residential commencements, and forest and wood products trade statistics for 2018–19.

Conditions were generally favourable in Australia’s forestry sector in 2018–19. ABARES estimates that the volume of logs harvested stabilised and the total value of logs increased, driven mainly by higher export demand—for woodchips, in particular. The value of wood products exports increased for the sixth consecutive year to a record $3.9 billion. Domestic demand was weaker over the financial year, with dwelling commencements (mainly other residential buildings) decreasing by 14.3%.

China is Australia’s largest trading partner for wood products. In 2018–19 China accounted for nearly half of total wood products export value, most of the growth in total wood products exports over the year and more than a quarter of Australia’s total wood products import value. Australia imports highly processed wood products from a range of countries. In 2018–19 the value of wood products imports increased for the second consecutive year, to $5.9 billion—with China accounting for most of the growth in total wood products imports.

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Data

References

Downham, R & Gavran, M 2019, Australian plantation statistics 2019 update, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, Canberra, May.

MIG and NFISC (Montreal Process Implementation Group for Australia and National Forest Inventory Steering Committee) 2018, Australia's State of the Forests Report 2018, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, Canberra, December.

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Last reviewed: 26 November 2019
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