Which Country Removes the Most Timber?

Timber Removals ('000 cbm), 2015
Paper, Pulp & Forestry | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 172 countries in 2015, USA ranked the highest in timber removals with 412,917 '000 cbm followed by India and China. On the other end of the scale was Mauritius with 2.00 '000 cbm, Iceland with 3.64 '000 cbm and Qatar with 5.12 '000 cbm.

Total timber removals reached 3,713,681 '000 cbm in 2015 in the World according to Faostat. This is 0.907 % more than in the previous year and 3.46 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total timber removals reached an all time high of 3,713,681 '000 cbm in 2015 and an all time low of 2,516,570 '000 cbm in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 0.723 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, USA, accounted for 11.1 % of timber removals in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 29.9 % share while the ten largest countries some 56.8 % in 2015.

Data for more countries are available at Timber Removals indicator page.

Timber Removals Unit 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Brazil '000 cbm 226,707 235,432 253,144 266,769 260,756
Canada '000 cbm 116,306 142,013 148,178 148,183 152,076
Chile '000 cbm 51,023 47,215 55,148 55,073 57,191
China '000 cbm 339,942 350,633 346,359 341,666 347,524
Dem. Republic of the Congo '000 cbm 80,101 81,134 82,347 83,505 84,689
Ethiopia '000 cbm 102,805 104,209 105,544 106,901 108,281
Finland '000 cbm 41,653 50,952 50,767 52,310 56,992
France '000 cbm 54,447 55,808 55,041 51,495 51,304
Germany '000 cbm 48,073 54,418 56,142 52,338 53,207
India '000 cbm 356,546 358,066 358,293 357,761 357,226
Indonesia '000 cbm 110,147 113,849 117,994 117,522 115,232
Nigeria '000 cbm 72,211 72,633 73,018 73,417 73,832
Russia '000 cbm 158,900 175,499 191,225 192,055 194,461
Sweden '000 cbm 65,100 72,200 71,900 69,499 69,600
USA '000 cbm 332,528 376,572 395,141 387,512 396,818