A HANDICRAFT maker has called on the government to provide assistance on financial access for export players amid expected flat earnings this year.
Lilian Regual, manager at Shell Arts-Cebu, said their business cannot move due to lack of access to financing.
Regual said the company supplies handicraft products to hotels and department stores and sells products in bazaars, trade fairs and tiangge (flea market) settings.
She said the domestic market contributes 60 percent to their total revenues while export sales are at 40 percent.
“The local market is good. For the domestic market, I make my own designs,” she added.
She said the company’s biggest export markets are the US, Portugal and Thailand.
“Foreign buyers prefer something unique” in designs, Regual said, noting that Shell Arts-Cebu sells mid to high-end products at reasonable prices.