Exporting in Catalonia is part of everyday business
Catalonia is an open trading economy, specialized in international trade and with an efficient mix of far-reaching infrastructures. Catalan exports represent 25.1% of all of Spanish exports. In 2018, Catalan exports grew by 1.1% and generated a record-breaking €71.6bn for the economy.
Barcelona connects to 400 million consumers in Europe and North Africa in under 48 hours. Geography has played a favorable 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 to the main markets.
Logistics, a sound sector for foreign investment
With state of the art infrastructures, the logistics sector in Catalonia is a sound sector for foreign investment. Top international companies have located their logistics hubs in Catalonia, such as Honda, Ikea, Decathlon, Alstom or MSC Cruises. Specialized supply chain solutions are available for chemical, electronic, automotive and food and drink sectors.
Special mention has to be made of Amazon, who has selected Catalonia as its Southern Europe logistics hub, investing €268.22m in the last two years and creating more than 3,725 direct jobs.
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. Catalonia is the only location in Southern Europe hosting both an international port and airport, and duty-free and logistics zones with warehousing capacity in an area of 12km2.
With over 50 million passengers, Barcelona Airport reached its all-time best figures in 2018, with flights to 200 different destinations in 57 countries. Furthermore, its importance as a freight centre is growing, achieving its higher traffic volume with 132,800 tons in 2016.
Catalonia is home to two of the main ports in the Mediterranean: the Port of Barcelona and the Port of Tarragona. Together they transport 4 million passengers yearly and 95 million tons in goods. These highly competitive infrastructures offer importers and exporters full logistics services to the entire world: 100 regular shipping lines connect them with 200 ports on five continents.
The Port of Barcelona is the 3rd most productive port in Europe, while the Port of Tarragona is Southern Europe's largest chemical products hub with excellent facilities for chemical companies.