Catalan exports of industrial products of high technological content reached a value of 1,873.2 million euros in the first quarter of 2017, representing an increase of 20.9% on a year-over-year basis.
Sales of medium-high level industrial products increased 9.3% in the first quarter of this year, reaching a value of 8.241,0 million euros. Medium-low level products (with a value of 2,521.0 million euros) increased by 33.5% on a year-over-year basis, and exports of products with a low technological content (4,265.9 million euros) increased by 9.8% compared to the first quarter of the previous year.
In the first quarter of 2017, purchases of products with a high technological content reached a value of 2,396.9 million euros, representing an increase of 15.4% on a year-over-year basis. Regarding imports of products of the remaining levels, all grew; highlighting the increase registered by products with a middle-low technology level content (27.3%).
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.