The foreign trade balance comprises imports and exports of all wood based goods. The total trade is subdivided into the commodity groups roundwood and residues, semi-finished wood products, pulp, paper and paperboard and finished wood based products.
Flussdiagramm zur Holz- und Außenhandelsbilanz der Bundesrepublik Deutschland im Jahr 2016 in Mio. m³ (r) (Rohholzäquivalente).
On the supply side, our wood balances comprise the logged roundwood volume, the quantity of domestic recovered paper and recovered wood and the imports. The use side shows the exports and domestic consumption. Changes in stocks of wood products are also recorded. Wood and wood based products comprises all wood based raw materials as well as semi-finished and finished products.
For the calculation we use the unit cubic meters of roundwood equivalent (m³(r)). This unit is a theoretical figure which expresses how many units of roundwood have been used for the manufacturing of a unit of a specific wood based product. Consequently, losses of wood during the processing are considered.