Laos Sourcing: Home furnishings 2018

 

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Laos Sourcing: Home furnishings 2018 Sector highlights

Industry overviewExport dataProduct features
  • Laos has signed several FTAs to facilitate exports and imports.

  • Weavers in various parts of the country produce cotton and silk textiles with traditional colors and patterns.

  • Laos being a landlocked area, together with underdeveloped trade infrastructure, is one of the main challenges for exporters.
  • In 2016, Laos' exports of furniture, basketwork, wickerwork, and wooden tableware, kitchenware and ornaments amounted to about $10.5 million.

  • Furniture accounted for the majority of the export value.

  • Thailand, China and Vietnam were the top markets for the category during the period.
  • Silk and cotton top the list of fabric options for home textiles.

  • Wood, bamboo and rattan are the other materials typically used in furniture and other home accents.

  • Prices depend on the cost of material and labor.

Laos Sourcing: Home furnishings 2018 Suppliers & products

Laos Sourcing: Home furnishings 2018 Suppliers & products

Laos Sourcing: Home furnishings 2018

• Furniture • Home textiles • Tabletop decorations • Others

Our team has visited all Laos manufacturers featured here to verify their export capability. Each has a website on GlobalSources.com with full company details, product images with specifications, manufacturing capability and complete contact details.

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Products

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Laos Sourcing: Home furnishings 2018 Industry overview

Laos Sourcing: Home furnishings 2018 Industry overview

Laos Sourcing: Home furnishings 2018

• Furniture • Home textiles • Tabletop decorations • Others

This section discusses key issues affecting export manufacturers in Laos, offering insight into industry composition and important supply centers.

Laos exports of home furnishingsCompetitive advantagesChallengesIndustry composition
  • Laos exported about $10.5 million worth of furniture and other home furnishings in 2016.

  • Furniture accounted for 90 percent of the export value.

  • Thailand, China and Vietnam were the top destinations for the category.
  • Skilled weavers in various parts of Laos produce cotton and silk textiles in traditional colors and patterns.

  • The country has signed several FTAs to facilitate exports and imports.

  • Laos has lower minimum wages compared with Vietnam, China and several other countries.
  • Laos being a landlocked area, together with underdeveloped trade infrastructure, is one of the main challenges facing exporters.

  • Most companies have limited knowledge about market trends and export processes.

  • The number of skilled workers is also limited.
  • Most makers of home furnishings are small or midsize companies.

  • These suppliers have fewer than 100 workers.

  • Vientiane and Savannakhet provinces are key production centers.

Home textiles, baskets, lamps and tabletop decorations such as vases and figurines are among the export products of Laos’ home furnishings industry.

In 2016, the country shipped about $10.5 million worth of furniture, basketwork, wickerwork, and wooden tableware, kitchenware and ornaments, according to the latest figures in the DESA/UNSD, United Nations Comtrade database. The value was down 37 percent compared with exports in 2015.

Furniture exported under HS code 94 accounted for the majority of the export value. Thailand, China and Vietnam were the top markets for the category during the period.

Competitive advantages

Laos is home to carvers, weavers and other artisans. Handicraft suppliers typically hire artisans from local villages, or source semifinished or finished products from nearby communities.

For cushion covers, table runners and other home textiles, many exporters source handwoven fabrics with traditional patterns or motifs from weavers in the local or nearby villages. Natural dyes are usually adopted for these cloths.

Timber, rattan and bamboo are sourced from various parts of the country.

Laos has relatively lower labor costs compared with suppliers in several other countries in Asia. The country’s minimum wage went up in May 2018 to about $128 (1.1 million Lao kip) per month, from $105 (900,000 kip) previously.

In Vietnam, minimum wages range from about $118 (2,760,000 Vietnamese dong) to $170 (3,980,000) per month. In China, Shanghai has a minimum wage of about $349 (2,420 yuan) for a month, while Guangzhou in Guangdong province has a minimum monthly rate of approximately $302 (2,100 yuan).

Various government and nongovernmental agencies have initiated programs to improve the ease of doing business in the country and support various industries.

For one, the country has signed seven regional and one bilateral free trade agreements (FTA) to boost trade and industry. Roads, railways and other infrastructure to facilitate movement of goods are also being built.

To attract foreign direct investment (FDI), special economic zones (SEZs) have been established, mostly in Vientiane, Savannakhet and Savannakhet provinces. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulitha issued an executive order to improve procedures and thereby facilitate the process of investing in or starting a business, The Laotian Times reported May 14, 2018.

Challenges

Laos being a landlocked area, coupled with underdeveloped transportation facilities and other trade infrastructure, is one of the main challenges facing exporters.

For one, FOB prices offered by Laos companies are generally higher than those indicated by counterparts in Vietnam, Thailand or China because of the logistics expenses. Several suppliers accept only ex-works trade terms, wherein buyers shoulder the cost of transporting the goods from the factory.

Products usually go through Vietnam or Thailand for sea transport, which is less expensive compared with air transportation. Items sent via DHL, Express Mail Service and other couriers go through air transport. Door-to-door delivery of a 1kg parcel from Laos to Hong Kong can cost from $28 to $79, excluding tax, depending on the courier.

Buyers can also bring the products themselves, usually small-volume purchases, to their own countries.

Another impediment to the growth of businesses is limited knowledge about export documentation and processes, as well as market trends. Most makers also have limited financial resources, leaving them little to no funds for research and other marketing activities. Consequently, creation of new designs is based mostly on information they obtain from buyers.

Skilled workers are also limited in number, and companies find it difficult to find and retain qualified employees. To address this issue and support various industries, Laos is working with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other organizations to improve its formal education and vocational training systems.

Industry composition

Most makers of home furnishings are small or midsize companies belonging to Laos’ handicrafts industry. These suppliers have fewer than 100 workers.

Makers are usually found in and around Vientiane, the capital, and Vientiane province. Savannakhet, Luang Prabang, Khamouan and Champasak provinces are also key production center.

Supplier locations map

The highlighted areas on the map show the locations of the head offices and factories of the home furnishing suppliers featured in this report.

Laos Sourcing: Home furnishings 2018 supplier locations map

Laos Sourcing: Home furnishings 2018 Product features

Laos Sourcing: Home furnishings 2018 Product features

Laos Sourcing: Home furnishings 2018

• Furniture • Home textiles • Tabletop decorations • Others

This section offers information on how trends in materials, design and manufacturing are impacting prices offered by Laos home furnishing suppliers.

Buyers can also learn more about the materials used and the common price ranges of certain designs.

Sections


Materials & designsManufacturing & QCPricing
  • Home textiles are usually in silk or cotton.

  • For furniture and other home furnishings, the typical materials are wood, bamboo and rattan.

  • Materials are usually sourced locally.
  • Most manufacturing processes are done in-house.

  • Production is generally labor-intensive.

  • Suppliers typically depend on information from buyers for product designs.
  • Raw material and labor costs are the primary determinants of price.

  • Logistics expenses are also a key factor.

  • Prices are expected to increase in the next six months.

Materials & designs

Most Laos makers opt for natural materials. For home textiles, silk and cotton are the main choices. Furniture, baskets and tabletop decorations are usually in wood, bamboo or rattan.

Rattan and bamboo is sourced from various parts of the country. The former is usually procured from Vientiane province or the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) rattan project in Bolikhamxay province.

Handwoven cotton textiles can be sourced from weavers in various provinces. Natural cotton fiber typically comes from local villages, while synthetic cotton is usually imported from Vietnam, Thailand and China. Some companies use fabric scraps from tailor shops.

For silk home textiles, suppliers use fiber from their own silk farms or import from France, Thailand, Vietnam or China.

Timber for wooden home products are from local suppliers. Black and white ebony wood, rosewood, ironwood, sandalwood, Afzelia xylocarpa and Burma padauk wood are mostly procured in the northern and southern parts of Laos. Mountheva Furniture uses teak from its plantation in Luang Prabang province.

Most home accents are small enough to be marketed as souvenirs. Designs typically promote Laos culture and traditional skills. Textiles, for example, showcase ethnic patterns. Figurines depict animals found in the country or carvings of Buddha, Kuan Yin and other important figures in Buddhism.

Suppliers typically depend on information from buyers for product designs.

Manufacturing & QC

Most manufacturing processes are done in-house. Production is generally labor-intensive, with steps completed using only hand tools or simple machines.

In the creation of wooden products, preparation of the wood, carving and finishing are usually done in-house. Laos artisans do most of the woodwork, but some companies subcontract carving to Vietnamese artisans who live in the local neighborhood.

Carving one figurine can take three to seven days, depending of the size and design. Large pieces requiring intricate woodwork can take several weeks.

Makers of wicker products made of bamboo or rattan usually source the material locally. Weaving and forming of the products are often subcontracted.

Products are usually checked according to buyer specifications or the owner’s requirements.

Pricing

Quotes are based primarily on the cost of raw material and labor. Logistics expenses are also a key consideration.

In the next six months, interviewed suppliers see export prices increasing to cover higher raw material costs. Rates for rattan, for example, has risen about 10 percent in the past 12 months.

Most companies, however, intend to keep adjustments within 5 or 10 percent.

Price guide

Price guide: Home textiles
$30 to $40
Handwoven cotton; custom pattern; 33xx53cm
$41 to $50
Handwoven silk; custom pattern; 33x53 or 45.7x45.7cm

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Laos Sourcing: Home furnishings 2018 Product features
Price guide: Wooden tabletop decorations
$30 to $40
Jar or vase; black and white ebony or sandalwood; polished; 18x12x12, 20x10x10 or 25x10x10cm
$55 to $60
Elephant or pig figurine; Afzelia xylocarpa; polished; 17x20x10cm or 25x25x15cm

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Laos home furnishing suppliers

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Danlao RattanListing
Houngchalearn Handicraft Active
MaicomeActive
Mountheva FurnitureActive
Phakaned HandicraftActive
Sengsavang OrganizationActive
Thavixok Rattan House Import-ExportActive