How to export to Catalonia, Spain
Catalonia is a fairly accessible market for Brussels exporters: its commercial culture is not unlike the business mindset that is typical of the Belgian capital. This major economic centre in Spain offers attractive opportunities for Brussels companies, particularly in areas related to new technologies, the pharmaceutical sector and the sustainable economy.
Catalans have a long commercial tradition and it is thus fairly easy to do business with them: they are very accessible people who attach great importance to the relational side of business and are excellent negotiators.
In addition, Catalonia is a major economic powerhouse of the Spanish peninsula and has a very important multisectoral economic fabric. While Spanish is obviously a commercial and official language, mastery of Catalan is a significant asset for Brussels businesspeople who wish to develop relations in the region. As Carmen Coca, hub.brussels attaché in Catalonia underlines:
Catalonia is a very important economic centre in Spain, with a highly developed multisectoral fabric. […] We are a sales asset because we are the intermediaries who connect Brussels exporters with their local partners.
A hub.brussels team on site to support you
Brussels companies should take advantage of the services of the local hub.brussels team, which offers prospecting assistance and accompanies exporters in the region.
As an interlocutor enabling the establishment of solid links between local partners and potential Brussels exporters, the Catalan branch of hub.brussels increases their sales force and provides valuable advice.
Technology, organic food, sustainable economy and pharmaceutical industry
The most interesting Catalan economic sectors for Brussels companies:
- 4.0 technologies
- The ICT sector, particularly in the field of “smart cities”
- The pharmaceutical sector
- Food (organic, gluten-free, local, etc.)
- Sustainable economy, including electric mobility and eco-construction
4 tips for exporting to Catalonia
- A strong international experience
- Identify the right business partners
- Take into account payment terms (from an average of 60 days up to 120 days)
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