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Catalan exports reach record high in 2018

Foreign sales by companies in Catalonia rose for eighth year in a row to €71bn


22 February 2019 01:48 PM


ACN | Barcelona

Catalan exports beat records for the eighth year in a row in 2018, reaching a total of 71.6 billion euros, according to figures published by the industry ministry this week.

The record figure for 2018 is a 1.1% rise, a smaller increase than the 8.7% exports went up the year before.

Some 17,239 Catalan companies are regular exporters, meaning they have sold their products abroad for the past four years, which is itself a record number.

Catalonia's exports 25% of Spain's foreign sales

Catalonia's exports account for 25.1% of all foreign sales from Spain as a whole.

The sector in Catalonia that exported the most was the chemical industry, with 12.1 billion euros in foreign sales, a 3.7% rise over the previous year.

That is followed by pharmaceutics (5.1 billion euros, a 1.6% rise), then machinery (4.4 billion, 1.8% more) and then electrical material (3.5 billion, 4.2% more).

In terms of Catalonia's regions, exports in 2018 by companies in the Barcelona area reached 55 billion euros (a 1.9% increase), followed by Tarragona (8.4 billion, 2.1% less), then Girona (5.2 billion, 1.1% less), and Lleida (2 billion, 0.3% more).


  • Image of a cargo boat in Barcelona's port in October 2018 (by Lluís Sibils)

  • Image of a cargo boat in Barcelona's port in October 2018 (by Lluís Sibils)