The wood-based manufacturing sector in Sri Lanka depends almost entirely on the local wood supply for raw materials. The sector is diverse, consisting of a variety of industries including saw milling, furniture, construction, parquet flooring, wood-based panel products, and carvings.
Range of Products
Many wood products are exported from Sri Lanka including broom handles and brush blocks, parquet for flooring, hardwood plywood, household utility items, wooden toys, carvings and ornaments, household furniture, office furniture, and furniture in ready-to-assembly form. Other miscellaneous wood products exported include table lamps, skipping rope handles, rulers, and handicrafts.
The furniture industry mainly from wood includes household furniture (bed room & living room, kitchen furniture, garden furniture), office furniture (computer tables, office tables etc.), commercial and institutional furniture (furniture for hotels, schools, hospitals etc.)
Sri Lanka is competitive in exporting especially office furniture, bedroom furniture and kitchen furniture to the world market. Furniture in knockdown form/built in furniture is also exported according to buyer specifications. Sri Lanka is competent in producing such items to the high end of the market.
Sri Lanka wooden industry depends heavily on rubber wood. Treated rubber wood has become a more important source of raw material for the wooden industry. There is a heavy demand from international market for furniture made using FSC certified timber and few companies & plantations are obtained FSC certification at present. Local companies could also import timber for manufacturing purpose according to buyer requirements. Sri Lanka uses other kind of timber species too such as teak, mahogany for the furniture manufacturing industry. They are mostly from home gardens and well managed forests.
The main markets for Sri Lankan wood exports are the United Kingdom, the United States, and India.
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- Ministry of Industry & Commerce
- Ministry of External Affairs
- Ministry of Economic Development
- Ministry of Plantation Industries
- Sri Lanka Export Development Board
- Department of Commerce
- Board of Investment
- Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority
- National Gem & Jewellery Authority
- Sri Lanka Export Credit Insurance Corporation
- Sri Lanka Ports Authority
- Department of Export Agriculture
- Sri Lanka Tea Board
- Coconut Development Authority
- National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka
- National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka
- Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
- Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Srilanka