Catalan exports up 6% in April, surpassing €8bn

Sales abroad drop by 6% in Spain as a whole, falling short of €30bn

Hundreds of containers at the Barcelona port on May 22, 2023
Hundreds of containers at the Barcelona port on May 22, 2023 / Norma Vidal

ACN | @agenciaacn | Barcelona

June 15, 2023 10:29 AM

June 15, 2023 11:31 AM

Catalan exports went up by 6% in April to reach €8.07 billion, according to the Spanish industry ministry with data released on Thursday.

The trend is opposite to that of the Spanish average, with a 6.3% drop, falling short of €30 billion (€29.34 billion). Thus, Catalonia accounts for 27.1% of the Spanish international sales, a bigger share than the average.

Chemical products once again made up the largest bulk of Catalonia's exports, 30.1% of the total and worth €2.43bn, 8.5% more than a year prior. Equipment goods followed, with 16.5% of the overall exports (€1.33bn) and car sales accounted for 14.6% of the total (€1.18 bn).

Sales abroad increased only in the Catalan region of Barcelona (9.4%), while it dropped in Girona by 2.7%, in Lleida by 9%, and in Tarragona -5.7%.

Regarding imports, these dropped by 4.2% compared to last year's period, reaching €8.79 billion. 

A quarter of Spain's exports from Catalonia

Overall in Spain, exports during April 2023 amounted to €29.34 billion, a 6.3% drop compared to the same period last year.

Slightly over a quarter of these sales abroad, 27.1%, were from Catalonia, more than anywhere else in Spain.