The uses of rattan vary, among others are:
- Round rattan is used for frame of chairs tables, stands, umbrella sticks, etc.
- Rattan peel is used for webbing of mats, mattress, bags, baskets, etc.
- Rattan core is used for various household articles.
- The waste of rattan industry still can be used as material for fire cracker industry, etc.
- Rattan can be used for various luxurious purposes including luxurious furniture, weaving products for household needs, as well as wall surface decoration, isolator against cold weather, and so on.
Rattan has several advantages. It is strong and does not change in form or being damaged if it is given a proper burden. Rattan is resistant against change of climate. The quality is durable although it has not been used for a long time. The surface is resistant against strike. And last but not least, it can be used for long time without changing the quality.
Indonesia exports rattan furniture in four different kinds. In international trade they are classified as: seats of rattan (HS Code 9401.50.100), furniture of rattan (HS Code 9403.80.100, other parts for seat of rattan (HS Code 9401.90.900), and parts of seats of rattan (HS Code 9401.90.300).
In five-year period of 2002-2006, exports of those four rattan products increased by an average of 6.55 percent annually. Exports of those products in 2006 reached US$ 319.7 million, consisting of seat of rattan with US$ 166.8 million, furniture of rattan with US$ 140.2 million, and other
parts for seat of rattan with US$ 12.7 million. In the first nine months of 2007, January-September 2007, exports of those products reached US$ 244.7 million, slightly declined from the same period in 2006 of US$ 248.6 million. Indonesia’s rattan furniture products have been exported
to more than 200 countries around the world. Fifteen major markets in 2006 were: United States with US$ 54.7 million (5.71% of total exports); Germany with US$ 38.8 million (4.05%); Japan with US$ 32.3 million (3.37%); United Kingdom with US$ 25.4 million (2.65%); Netherlands with US$ 21.1 million (2.20%); Italy with US$ 18.6 million (1.94%); Spain with US$ 16.4 million (1.71%); Belgium with US$ 16.3 million (1.70%); France with US$ 12.2 million (1.27%); Australia with US$ 7.2 million (0.76%); Malaysia with US$ 6.0 million (0.63%); Greece with US$ 5.5 million (0.58%); Russia with US$ 4.1 million (0.42%); South Africa with US$ 3.9 million (0.41%); and Singapore with US$ 3.4 million (0.36%).
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Indonesia’s rattan furniture products have been exported to more than 200 countries around the world. Fifteen major markets in 2006 were: United States, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Belgium, France, Australia, Malaysia, Greece, Russia, South Africa, and Singapore.