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The EU works closely with Laos under the framework of the EU-ASEAN Cooperation Agreement to ensure an effective environment for trade and investment relations.

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  • EU imports from Laos are dominated by textiles, clothing and agricultural products.
  • EU exports to Laos are dominated by machinery.

EU-Laos: Trade in goods

Trade in goods 2014-2016, € billions
Year EU imports EU exports Balance
2014 0.2 0.2 -0.0
2015 0.2 0.1 -0.1
2016 0.2 0.1 -0.1

EU-Laos: Trade in services

Trade in services 2013-2015, € billions
Year EU imports EU exports Balance
2013 0.1 0.1 -0.1
2014 0.1 0.1 -0.0
2015 0.1 0.1 0.0

EU-Laos: Foreign direct investment

Foreign direct investment 2015, € billions
Year Inward stocks Outward stocks Balance
2015 0.0 0.3 0.3

Date of retrieval: 15/02/2017

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EU and Laos

As a Least Developed Country (LDC), Laos benefits from the most favourable regime available under the EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP), namely the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme. The Everything but Arms scheme  gives the 48 Least Developed Countries - including Laos – duty free access to the EU for exports of all products, except arms and ammunition.

Laos and ASEAN

Laos is one of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The countries as a group are the EU's third largest trading partners outside Europe, after the United States and China.

The ASEAN region is a dynamic market with some 580 million consumers. Laos is one of the four Least Developed Countries in the ASEAN region.

The EU co-operates with the EU-ASEAN region as a whole. Cooperation is maintained through the EU-ASEAN Dialogue which includes discussions on trade and investment issues at ministerial and senior economic officials levels.

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Trading with Laos