Catalan exports set a new record over the first six months of 2023

Catalan exports grew by 14.5% in the first half of 2023 and set «a new record», according to Acció using data from ICEX-Estacom.


Catalonia’s €53.217bn in sales abroad account for 26.6% of Spain’s exports in the first six months of 2023, surpassing the Community of Madrid by a wide margin (14%). Across the entire country, foreign sales have also set a record during the first semester, reaching 199.951 billion euros, a 4.7% increase.


This June, Catalan sales abroad reached 9,400 million euros, an 11.8% increase compared to the same month last year, and the total exports for this first semester account for 26.6% of the total for the entire country.


By sector, Catalan exports in the automotive sector stand out with 8,641 million euros, a figure that has grown by 77% compared to the first half of 2022. The automotive sector accounts for 16.2% of all exports, behind only chemicals (30.5%), with 16,228 million euros, and ahead of capital goods (15.5%), with 8,237 million euros.


Barcelona area companies account for almost 80% of Catalonia’s sales abroad, followed by Tarragona (10%), Girona (7.7%), and Lleida (2.5%).


As for imports, there were €57.70 billion worth of goods, a 4.2% year-on-year increase.