Overview of the Chemical Industry in Spain and How to Buy Chemicals

Flag of Spain, Where Camachem Export Chemicals for Sale

Introduction to Spain

  • Spain has a population of 47 million.
  • Capital: Madrid
  • Official Language: Spanish
  • Total Area: 505,992 km2
  • Currency: The Euro

Economy of Spain

Economic Overview:

    • Spain is located in the South-Western region of Europe.
    • Spain has the 4th largest economy in Europe.
    • Spain has a nominal GDP of USD 1.4 trillion.
    • The largest industries: Textiles and Apparel, Metal, Food and Beverage, Tourism, Automobile, Energy, Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals and Petrochemicals, and Machinery.

Economy Breakdown of Spain:

      • Service sector: 74%
      • Industry: 23%
      • Agriculture: 3%

Spain's Main Import Partners:

      • France: 14%
      • Germany: 11%
      • Italy: 8%
      • Portugal: 8%
      • United Kingdom: 7%

Spain’’s Main Export Partners:

      • China: 8%
      • Germany: 13%
      • France: 11%
      • Italy: 7%
      • United States: 4%

Chemical use in Spain

Given the economic growth of Spain, it is an attractive country for chemical trade. Spain's chemical industry is diverse and includes chemicals for automobile industries, fertilizers, textile and apparel, metals, food and beverage processing, automobiles, energy, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, and machinery.

The chemical sector contributes to about 5.8% of the National GDP and about 13.4% of Spain's manufacturing GDP.

      • Automobile and Parts

This sector employ's an estimated 9% of the total workforce, contributing to about 3% of Spanish GDP. Spain is the 2nd largest car manufacturer in Europe and the 9th largest car producer in the world.

Camachem has supplied industrial chemicals such as Copper sulfate monohydrate and Copper oxychloride to automobile industries in Spain.

      • Water Treatment Industry

More than 20% of Spain's clean and usable water comes from treated wastewater. The global consumption of water is expected to at least double by 2050. Demand for clean water in Spain is rising due to population growth, changing consumption patterns, urbanization, industrialization, and agricultural use.

Spain uses large amounts of water treatment chemicals to treat its wastewater and ensure it is safe. Some of these chemicals are manufactured locally, but most are imported.

Camachem has supplied water treatment chemicals to Spain, including Calcium Hypochlorite, Sodium Hypochlorite, and Ferric Chloride.

      • Chemical Industry

The chemical industry in Spain comprises over 3300 companies and employs an estimated 3.5% of Spain's population. It is the second largest industry in Spain, with an annual turnover of USD 79.1 billion and contributes 5.8% to the National GDP.

Camachem has supplied industrial chemicals to Spain including, Caustic Soda Flakes, Zinc Sulphate, Lead Nitrate, and Sulphonic Acid.

Seaports and Trading Hubs of Spain

Spain is accessible by both land and sea. For international trading, the main seaports are:

      • Port of Algeciras Bay
      • Port of Valencia
      • Port of Barcelona
      • Port of Bilbao
      • Port of Cartagena
      • Port of Huelva
      • Port of Las Palmas
      • Port of Castellon

Camachem uses the second largest port of Valencia for importing goods, generating over 50% of Spain's GDP. The Port of Valencia is also the 5th busiest port in Europe, mainly dealing with container shipment and other general cargo.

Seaports and Trading Hubs in Spain

      • International trading seaports and trading hubs in Spain, including the port of Valencia, which is the second-largest container port, handles up to 81.1 million tons.

Port of Valencia in Spain

      • Port of Valencia is the fifth busiest port in Europe, handling mainly container shipment.

What Chemicals does Spain Import?

According to the latest trade data, Spain imports USD 11.6 billion in organic and inorganic chemicals. They include chemicals such as:

What Regulations are there on Importing Chemicals to Spain?

Chemical importation requires proper guidelines to ensure proper handling of all chemicals, including hazardous chemicals. The government of Spain has developed a set of regulations to guide importers of chemicals to Spain. These requirements include:

      • Bill of Landing.
      • Certificate of Compliance.
      • Certificate of Landing
      • License and Permits
      • Methods of Quotation
      • Risk-Based Trade Control Systems
      • Commercial Invoice
      • Inspection and Examination Procedures
      • Valuation
      • Insurance Certificates
      • Identification Document
      • Cargo Release Order
      • Packing List
      • Certificate of Weight and Volume

Why Should Spain Import Chemicals?

      • High Cost of Chemicals - What makes most chemicals expensive is mainly determined by the cost of labor, raw materials, and taxes. To avoid incurring extra costs, most industries prefer to buy from the international market.
      • Chemical Quality - Quality is what every buyer desire to have, and most domestic manufacturers cannot meet this quality standard. Local industries also lack consistency in terms of quality, and this has contributed to the increasing number of imported chemicals.
      • Long-Term Agreements - Long-time agreements range between 20 to 30 years. Most local industries are only able to maintain a contract for 10 years. This is the main reason why most manufacturers prefer to import directly from international markets.

Oxalic Acid 99% is one of the key chemicals that we export to Spain

Oxalic Acid 99% is one of the key chemicals that we export to Spain

      • Oxalic Acid ready for shipment. This is an industrial chemical used in the electronic industry in the preparation of electron equipment detergent.

Where Can I Buy Chemicals for Spain?

Camachem has been exporting chemicals to clients in Spain. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or WhatsApp us at +86-131-2037-9271 for a FREE quotation.

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