Catalonia exported industrial products amounting to 60.434,5 million of euros in 2015, involving a 6.1% increase with respect to the previous year, according to provisional data from the Customs and Special Taxes Department of the State Tax Administration Agency. Exports increased with regard to all technology levels: Foreign sales involving high technology-level products increased by 9.8%, said increase amounted to 6.3% for middle-high technology-level products, 6.1% for low technology-level products and 2.7% for middle-low technology-level products.
On the other hand, imports of industrial products amounted to 68,438.2 billion of euros, which represents a 8.6% increase compared to the previous year. Imports of industrial products increased at all levels, excluding middle-low technology-level products, whose import fell by 1.2%. The imports involved middle-high increased by 10.8%; 10.7% for low technology-level and 9.1% for high technology level products.
The main goal of this statistics, which are drawn up by Idescat based on Customs files, is to present the trade flows of exports and imports of industrial products, which involve a high level of expenditure on R&D, between Catalonia and abroad. The source of information is the territorial operations file of the Customs and Special Taxes Department of the Tax Administration Agency. The file in question contains the most relevant information obtained from Single Administrative Document (SAD) and Intrastat declaration data.