• Fashion (29%) leads the Catalan air freight by volume, followed
by the automotive sector (20%) and the pharma & chemical sector
(16%). The foodstuffs industry (9%) of the total) is still less relevant
than in other Spanish regions.
• Volume growth in 2015 is marked by the leadership of exports
(+17%), especially in the sectors of machinery (+51%) and the chemical
& pharmaceutical industry; the later grows both exports (+25%)
and imports (+24%). Fashion also grew by 9%, although the impact of
reducing imports by 13% makes it contract 4% globally.
• In value terms, the pharma & chemistry sector leads the market,
with 32% of the total air traffic of Catalonia. This also represents 34%
of the total value of the Spanish air freight for this sector. Sectors
linked to mechanical industrial products (especially automotive) and
fashion tie at 20% of total market value. All the big 4 Catalan industrial
sectors increase their value in 2015.
• Like other Spanish traffics, distribution by markets shows an imbalance
between imports and exports. Barcelona is hindered by the
lack of direct routes to a number of those markets; this might hinder
their trade growth. Catalonia is the main Spanish region of O&D traffic
with Japan and India; this fact should contribute to make Barcelona
develop those destinations with a direct route.
• The value of the goods transported also shows significant differences
by market. The average value of Catalan exports is 49.7 € / kg
and imports 44 € / kg.
Source: Barcelona Traffic intelligence unit/ August 2016
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