Catalan exports of industrial products of high technological content reached a value of 1,856.2 million euros in the second quarter of 2017, representing an increase of 2.7% on a year-over-year basis.
Sales of medium-high level industrial products increased 1.9% on a year-over-year basis in the second quarter of this year, reaching a value of 8,172.5 million euros. Medium-low level products, with a value of 2,616.5 million euros, are the ones which have increased external sales the most (20.3% on a year-over-year basis). Exports of products with a low technological content (4,513.6 million euros) increased by 6.6% compared to the second quarter of the previous year.
Furthermore, in the second quarter of 2017, overseas purchases of products with a high technological content reached a value of 2,274.8 million euros, representing an increase of 4.0% on a year-over-year basis. Regarding imports of products of the remaining levels, all of them increased except those of medium-high technological level, which fell 1%.
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.