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Trade in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

The Lao PDR  was the world’s 93rd largest exporter of goods and 130th largest exporter of commercial services in 2021. Export values were $7,695 and $125 million USD respectively. The Lao PDR ’s top export category was fuels and mining products, followed by agricultural products, and manufactures. In 2020, The Lao PDR ‘s main export destination markets for goods and services trade were to Thailand, China and Vietnam. In terms of imports, The Lao PDR ’s import values were $6,275 and $252 million USD respectively in 2021. The Lao PDR ‘s top import category was manufactures, followed by agricultural products and fuels and mining products. Leading import partners were Thailand, China and Vietnam. The Lao PDR  is part of 9 different Regional Trade Agreements, such as ASEAN – Australia – New Zealand, ASEAN – China.
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General Information

This section includes general information on the economy, legal system, official languages and links to additional demographic information.

Official Name

Lao People's Democratic Republic





WTO Membership Date

2 February 2013

Legal System

civil law system similar in form to the French system


Lao, French, English

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Financial Information

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Lao kip

Exchange Rate

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  • Maybank Vientiane, Laos - SWIFT: PDRMBBELALA

Contact Information

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SPS Enquiry Points

Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Department of Planning
    Division of Agriculture and Forestry
    Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
    Phone: +(856) 21 415 363

    P.O. Box 811

    [email protected]

TBT Enquiry Points

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Standards Division
    Department of Standardization and Metrology
    Ministry of Science and Technology
    Phone: +(856) 21 732093

    P.O. Box 2279

Additional Information

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Links to other helpful resources

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Last Reviewed: June, 2023

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