Catalonia is an open trade economy, specialized in international trade and with an efficient mix of far-reaching infrastructures. It is the only location in Southern Europe hosting at once an international port and airport, and duty free and logistics zones with warehousing capacity in an area of 12 km.
Barcelona connects to 400 million consumers in Europe and North Africa in under 48 hours. Geography has played a favourable role in terms of the Catalan economy. Its Mediterranean location and its close links to Latin America have made it a top-ranking location to distribute goods and services to major 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, Lidl, Kiabi, Coty, Puig, Alstom or MSC Cruises. Specialized supply chain solutions are available for chemical, electronic, automotive, textile and fashion, and food and drink sectors.
Special mention has to be made of Amazon, which has selected Catalonia as its Southern European logistics hub, in what is one of the most important foreign investments recorded in the region in terms of investment and job creation.
In addition, a strong network of logistics operators, both local and international, specialized and multi-sectorial, contribute to the development and growth of the logistics and e-commerce sector in Catalonia. Some of them are Seur, MRW, Ibercondor, Logifashion, DHL, Fedex, UPS, Rhenus Logistics, ID Logistics or DB Schenker.
A class leading integrated logistics hub
Catalonia is Southern Europe's largest intermodal logistics hub; home to two of the Mediterranean’s main ports, a high-speed train station, an awarded international airport and highways seamlessly connected to the rest of the European road system.
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 highest traffic volume with 172,940 tons in 2018. The Port of Barcelona and the nearby Port of Tarragona transport 4 million passengers yearly and 95 million tons in goods.
These highly competitive infrastructures offer importers and exporters full global logistics services: 100 regular shipping lines connect them with 200 ports on five continents. Moreover, the Port of Barcelona is Europe’s 3rd most productive port, while the Port of Tarragona is Southern Europe's largest chemical products hub with class-leading, specialised facilities.