Exporting in Catalonia is part of everyday business
Catalonia is an open trading economy, specialised in international trade and with an efficient mix of far-reaching infrastructures. Catalan exports represent 25.5% of all of Spanish exports. In 2015, Catalan exports grew by 6.1% and generated a record-breaking €63.8bn for the economy. This 6.1% increase is well above the Eurozone average (4.2%) and exceeds the export growth rates seen in the Spanish state (4.3%), France (4%) and Italy (3.7%).
Barcelona connects to 400 milion consumers in Europe and North Africa in under 48 hours. Geography has played a favourable role with regard to the Catalan economy. Its location in the Mediterranean and his close links to Latin America have made it a top rank location to distribute goods and services the main markets.
Logistics, a sound sector for foreign investment
Catalonia is the major Spanish region in logistics space available, representing over 23% of the total, and at a very reasonable price. Catalonia has the highest number of logistics centres of any Spanish autonomous community. Five intermodal platforms, eight logistics platforms and seven logistics sector total 19 locations with a total area of 1,112 hectares dedicated to logistics uses. 300 hectares are in the Barcelona metropolitan area, including the Logistics Activities Area (ZAL), the Free Zone Logistics Park and ProLogis.
With state of the art infrastructures, 387 million tons of goods handled and solid employment figures for the last decade, the logistics sector in Catalonia is a sound sector for foreign investment. Hutchison Port Holdings -in the Port of Barcelona-, the chemical Basf –in Tarragona- or companies like Mango or GM rely on Catalan logistics potential. The sector provides skilled jobs for 155,000 people in 40,000 companies specialising in different areas. Specialized supply chain solutions are available for chemical, automotive and food and drink sectors, which account for over 50% of the Catalan growing exports. Demand for logistics activities in Catalonia is linked to its diverse and dynamic industrial base, as well as to expanding sectors such as e-commerce and ICT.
Catalonia enjoys a highly diversified and open economy, with a significant prevalence of industrial and logistics activity. A strategic location plus its comprehensive network of infrastructures – land, air and sea – make it Europe’s southern gateway and the centre for distribution in the Mediterranean. Barcelona is the only city in southern Europe with all transport modes (port, airport, highway, railway) in a 12-kilometre radius. Surrounding the city, the different areas dedicated to logistics and distribution activities add up to 3,600 Ha.
With over 40 million passengers a year, Barcelona Airport is the best airport to connect to the rest of Europe. Furthermore, its importance as a freight centre is growing, particularly in markets outside the EU.
The Port of Barcelona, Spain’s leading port in terms of the value of goods handled, has more than 30 specialized terminals. Of particular note are the two container terminals, one of which is semi-automated and features one of the highest rates of productivity on the continent. Barcelona is also the leading European port in terms of cruise traffic and is leader in vehicle traffic.
The Port of Barcelona is a highly competitive facility. Its Port Community offers importers and exporters full logistics services to the entire world. 100 regular shipping lines connect it with 200 ports on five continents. Its so-called sea highways that connect daily with the main ports of Italy and North Africa are noteworthy. Barcelona is the only Spanish port directly connected to the European rail network (UIC gauge).
The Port of Tarragona is a Southern Europe's largest chemical products hub with excellent facilities for chemical companies.