Sources: The Library of Congress Country Studies; CIA World Factbook
Although the level of imports remained relatively stable beginning in the mid-1980s, droughts and the subsequent need to import rice influenced import totals. Principal imports include manufactured goods, including transport equipment; food items, including rice; and fuel. According to 1986 UN statistics, manufactured goods accounted for 53.5 percent of imports--of which 14.1 percent was transport equipment; food items for 20.8 percent-- of which 16.2 percent was cereals, including rice, and 18.9 percent for petroleum. Limited information shows that the composition of imports did not change significantly through 1989. A substantial portion of imports is linked to aid programs, although a government source indicated that these imports accounted for a slowly decreasing share of total imports, from about 40 percent in 1982 to about 28 percent in 1987.
Data as of July 1994
NOTE: The information regarding Laos on this page is re-published from The Library of Congress Country Studies and the CIA World Factbook. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Laos Imports information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Laos Imports should be addressed to the Library of Congress and the CIA.