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2020 sees fall in Catalan export figures after ten years on the rise

Sales abroad dropped by 10.3% in the year the coronavirus pandemic began, worst results since 2009

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19 February 2021 12:43 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

In the year that the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the world, Catalan exports fell after ten consecutive years on the rise. 

During 2020, Catalonia sold products abroad for €66.265 billion, 10.3% less than the previous year. The first half of 2020 alone saw export figures drop by 17%.

In 2019, exports beat records for a 9th year in a row, having seen an increase of 3% on goods sold to other countries at a value of €73 billion.

The decline seen in 2020, caused mainly by the health crisis, is the sharpest since 2009 when exports fell by 17.9% year-on-year. 

According to data published this Friday by Spain’s industry ministry, sales abroad show similar figures to 2016, when Catalonia exported products for €65.161 billion. 

Despite the fall of the last financial year, Catalonia closed the year on a positive note. In November, exports grew by 5.5%, and December saw an even larger rise, by 6.5% up to €5.759 billion.

The chemical industry saw the biggest share of sales abroad, 29.2% of total exports in Catalonia. Nevertheless, sales abroad in this sector actually fell by 2.8% year-on-year.

In second place are food, beverages and tobacco, which account for 16.6% of exports and this year increased their sales volume by 7%. Capital goods followed, with a share of 16.2% of total exports and a 16% year-on-year drop in sales volume.

Despite the general decline in sales abroad, Catalonia leads all of Spain in terms of exports, accounting for 25.4%. 

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  • Image of Barcelona's port on April 24, 2020 (by Àlex Recolons)

  • Image of Barcelona's port on April 24, 2020 (by Àlex Recolons)

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