The meat sector leads exports in the first half of 2020 in Catalonia

The figures show part of the incidence of the pandemic produced by COVID-19, declared on March 11, 2020 by the WHO. This had the first visible effects on exports from the data for April, where the growing trend began to slow down compared to 2019. On the other hand, in May foreign trade was below the results of the same month of the year 2019. However, the global turnover for the first half of 2020 (€ 5,420.43 million) is higher than that of the same half of 2019 (€ 4,964.70 million), favored by the good figures for June 2020.

Assessing the value / volume ratio of the first half of 2020 compared to the same period of the previous year, it has grown by 4.61%, denoting that, as a whole, the products with the highest value are being sold, with the percentage increase in the following sectors standing out: meat (14.02%), fruit and vegetables (12.38%) and vegetable oils (4.65%). Fish (-20.05%), wine and cava (-8.53%) and the Fine Food sector (-4.99%) registered a loss in value in this semester.

Meat remains the leading agri-food export sector with 40.48% of the total and a 21.66% increase in value and 6.71% in volume. It is led by pork, which represents 27.08% of all agri-food exports (66.89% from the meat sector) with a growth of 24.97% in value and 7.41% in volume.


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