Exports 42.5% higher this August than before pandemic

23.3% year-on-year increase to €6.8261bn

Containers being unloaded in the port of Barcelona (by Aina Martí)
Containers being unloaded in the port of Barcelona (by Aina Martí) / ACN
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October 18, 2022 10:23 AM

October 18, 2022 12:02 PM

There were 42.5% more exports this August than in the same month in 2019 before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. 

Catalonia saw a 23.3% year-on-year increase in sales abroad two months ago, totaling €6.8261bn, according to figures released by Spain's Industry, Commerce and Tourism Ministry on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, imports in Catalonia climbed to €8.3bn in August, 23.5% more than a year earlier, and made up 22.4% of Spain's total.

Chemical products, food, and equipment goods

The sale of chemical products, the food industry, and equipment goods are largely behind the rise in Catalan exports, which accounted for just under a quarter - 23.5% - of Spain's sales abroad.  

Over a quarter of all of Catalonia's sales were of chemical products, while just under a fifth were food, alcohol and tobacco products and 15.6% were equipment goods. 

Most of these sales were made by companies in the Barcelona area, which accounted for 17% of Spain's exports in August. 

Although there was €61.363bn worth of exports in Catalonia from January to August 2022, more than in any other part of Spain, the year-on-year increase in Catalonia, 17.5%, was significantly lower than the Canary Islands' 121.9% or the Balearic Islands' 61.2%.

Spanish exports

Overall in Spain, exports increased by 31.7% in August, reaching €29.09 billion. 

The sale of energy products has more than doubled: from January to August 2021, they accounted for 5.9% of sales abroad, while a year later they were 14.4%. 

Like in Catalonia, chemical products make up the greatest part of Spain's exports (18%), followed by equipment goods (17.3%) and food, beverages and tobacco (16.9%). 

Almost two-thirds of all sales abroad in 2022 so far have gone to other European Union countries.

Exports have gone up significantly this year to countries like Saudi Arabia (+207.8%), Canada (+49.5%) or Japan (+41.1%), but have more than halved in Russia (-54.9%) and Algeria (-79.85%) due to the war in Ukraine.