The highest figure of all exports on record
Catalan exports went over the 70,000 million euro figure for the first time ever in 2017, the highest figure on record and a new record for the seventh year running. In particular, Catalan exports hit 70,828.7 million euros, a growth of 8.7% year-on-year. This growth rate is higher than the European Union average (+ 7.4%) and the Euro Zone (+ 7.2%), as well as that of countries such as Italy (+ 7.4%), Germany (+ 6.3%) and France (+ 4.5%).
Catalan exports grew in 2017 by 8.7% over the previous year and represented 25.6% of Spain’s total exports. In fact, 2017 also registered, with 17,091 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
The 10 main exporting sectors in Catalonia have registered record highs, with significant growths in metallurgy and metal products (+12.7%), chemistry (9%), rubber and plastics (+6.5%), machinery (+6.3%), textiles and clothing (+5.4%), food and beverages (+5.2%), pharmaceutical products (+4.4%) and vehicles (+3.2%). In geographical terms, exports have beaten records in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North America. Highlights include growth in North America (20.6%), Africa (15.2%), Asia (11.5%) and the European Union (7.2%)..
With 25.6% of the total, Catalonia was once again Spain’s highest exporting region in 2017, ahead of Andalusia (11.2%), Madrid (11%) and the Valencian Community (10.6%), according to data made public by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
Thus, exports have reached record-breaking figures in the four Catalan provinces: Tarragona (8,679.6 million euros, an increase of 21.6%), Girona (5,301.2 million euros, +10.6%), Barcelona (54,771.6 million euros, +6.8%) and Lleida (2,076.3 million euros, +6.5%).
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).