The highest figure of all exports on record
Catalan exports grew 1.1% in 2018 and reached 71,623.8 million euros, the highest figure on record and a new record for the eight year running. Catalan sales abroad represented 25.1% of Spain’s total exports, according to the data made public by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.
2018 also registered, with 17,239 companies, the highest rate on record of regular exporting companies, i.e., companies that have been selling abroad for the last four years in a row.
Among the main export sectors of Catalonia, chemistry (+3,7%, 12,102.2 million euros), pharmaceutical products (+1.6%, 5,107 million euros), machinery (+1.8%, 4,473.8 million euros) and electrical equipment (+4.2%, 3,517.1 million euros) registered records.
On a territorial level, exports in Barcelona reached 55,802.4 million euros (+ 1,9%); 2,082.8 million euros (+0.3%) in Lleida; 8,497.6 million euros (-2.1%) in Tarragona, and 5,241 million euros (-1.1%) in Girona.
Catalan companies abroad
A global map of Catalan companies abroad includes more than 9,200 affiliates of 3,145 Catalan companies in 137 different countries. Europe accounts for 41.7% of all affiliates. The main countries were Catalan companies are settled are: Portugal (959), France (696), USA (757), Mexico (565) and Italy (500), followed by Brazil (433), UK (424), Germany (387), Chile (378) and Argentina (283).