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Rattan and Bamboo Products

1. Why should we buy rattan and bamboo products from Myanmar?

Producers in Myanmar are highly experienced in co-creation. They have been developing products together with their international buyers for more than 10 years. In Myanmar’s rattan and bamboo sector, international buyers buy directly from local businesses that hire makers and weavers from rural communities. This means that the local communities directly benefit from your orders.


2. What does MRBEA do?

MRBEA is the leading organisation in Myanmar that connects the world with the rattan and bamboo handicraft sector, by fostering networking with potential international buyers and other organisations. The association has 346 members – 65 corporate members and 281 personal members. It acts as a governing organisation by setting up guidelines for quality standards and social responsibility for its members, and regulations for design protection. As the representative organisation of the sector, MRBEA also contributes to policy shaping to promote the rattan and bamboo industry in Myanmar’s socioeconomic and environmental development policies.


3. What kind of products MRBEA members have?
In Myanmar’s cottage industries, local artisans skilfully handcraft rattan and bamboo into beautiful home products such as furniture, panels, mats and utensils. These renewable materials are also fast becoming popular materials in the construction sector, where bamboo poles and parquet are used as unique features in commercial and residential building projects.


4. What is the uniqueness and specialty of Myanmar Products?
The craftspeople of Myanmar specialise in unique traditional weaving styles and patterns. Their weaving is close, tight, even and neat, with intricate and detailed designs anchored in local traditions. As producing these rattan and bamboo products is mainly a cottage industry, the capacity is vastly expandable. There is a huge potential to readily increase manpower on demand.
Buyers favour the rattan products from Myanmar because they are higher in density and therefore heavier in weight.


5. What kind of services is MRBEA offering to international buyers?
By carefully vetting its member companies, MRBEA can connect international buyers to a range of reliable and trustworthy suppliers.
MRBREA offers information on rules and regulations, customs, logistics, and how to do business in Myanmar.
If an international buyer is looking to order high volumes, MRBEA can facilitate collaboration and help expand the capacity in the various village production units.


6. How many companies represent in MRBEA?
There are 35 companies specializing in Rattan products and 39 companies specializing in Bamboo products. All of the companies are registered in in the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). Out of these companies, 13 rattan companies and 11 bamboo companies are experienced in export. MRBEA has carefully vetted through all the relevant information provided by these companies to ensure peace of mind for the potential buyers.
7. Where is the main port and the MRBEA members’ companies located?
As Yangon is the only port in Myanmar, most companies have factories for quality control and finishing in the city, while the production mainly occurs in the village production units.
8. How long is the common production lead time and what is the minimum order if we ordering from Myanmar?

The production lead time varies between 12 to 15 weeks depending on product mix.
Minimum order is 1 x 20-foot container.