Spain stands out internationally both for its geostrategic position and for the quality of its logistics infrastructure

Madrid, December 14, 2021.- As reported by the Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX), Spain stands out worldwide for its world-class network of air, land, rail and maritime infrastructures and the quality of its services. A structure that favors the development and growth of logistics and transport in the Spanish economy.

● The sector represents 7.9% of Spain’s GDP. A figure that rises to 10% if we add the activities of a logistics nature carried out by industrial, commercial and service companies.

● The annual turnover of the sector reaches 111,000 million euros.

● The sector generates almost one million jobs.

● There is a high business concentration with around 197,000 companies linked to the sector. 

Spain has a privileged position in Southern Europe where the main goods traffic routes converge. The eastward enlargement of the European Union (EU) favors Spain’s strategic position with regard to trade flows and the centers of redistribution of foreign trade in the EU and the rest of the world.

Connectivity that promotes the development of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) which in Spain includes two of the nine multimodal European corridors considered a priority by the European Union: the Atlantic Corridor and the Mediterranean Corridor. Main arteries where the key flows of goods and people are concentrated:

A geostrategic position 

Within international logistics, the geographical factor takes on a global dimension and encompasses much wider geographical connections. Spain favors easy access to a global market of more than 500 million consumers, Europe.

Extensive transport infrastructure network

European leader (3rd worldwide) for its high-speed rail network, with more than 3,402 kilometers in service (2019)

46 ports spread over more than 8,000 km of coast, of which

  • Bahía de Algeciras, Valencia and Barcelona are among the Top-20 in Europe for container movement
  • Barcelona is the 1st European port and 3rd world port for cruises

Europe’s most extensive motorway network with over 17,100 kilometers 

Global competitiveness

Spain’s #18 in the world for its logistics performance according to the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index.

TEN-T Core Network

The Mediterranean Corridor connects the Spanish Mediterranean seaports with a rail corridor linking North Africa and Central Europe through Spain.

The Atlantic Corridor provides internal and maritime connections between the Iberian Peninsula and France and Germany, which contribute to 12% of the EU’s GDP.

Important production and consumption market

In Spain, Internet sales are growing at an average annual rate of around 24%. More than 22 million people buy over the Internet which has a clear positive effect on the logistics operators present in the country.

Good prospects for consumption that also attract new international retailers to the Spanish market. 

Large number of logistics platforms

Spain has more than 152 logistics parks with a total surface area of more than 80 million sq.m. These are logistics infrastructures linked mainly to the maritime mode (49.8% share) and to road transport (37.4%). 

Logistics Operator in Spain







Publicado por Pedro Vicente Director Proyectos Innovatrans

Pedro Vicente, Projects & Quality Director at Innovatrans Forwarding S.XXI. S.L

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