Abdul Sobur, Secretary General of Association of Indonesian Furniture and Handicraft Industry, said exports recorded good growth in the first half of this year and the main market for Indonesian furniture and handicraft was the US.
The total value of furniture and handicraft exports in the first half of 2018 reached US$1.3 billion, a year on year increase of 9% compared with the same period last year.
This was achieved as Indonesian exporters had diversified into over 100 different markets largely due to the success of the IFEX exhibition in March.
In related news, Sobur pointed out that, while the government has targeted furniture exports for 2019 at US$5 billion, comprising US$3.2 billion for furniture and US$1.8 billion for handicraft, this will be difficult to achieve because of the obstacles faced by manufacturers.
Among the most problematic obstacles are high bank interest rates, inadequate raw material supply, SVLK compliance and the complexity of importing raw materials. Sobur called on the government to address burdensome regulations so the sector could grow.