In addition to Spain and Japan celebrating their 150th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year, the Port of Barcelona is celebrating 150 years as Spain’s leading combined container, cruise and car-carrier port.

Today, the Port of Barcelona has an international reputation as an integrated logistics hub where port, airport and logistics facilities are available. The port’s location provides companies with access to a market of 400 million consumers in less than 48 hours through direct rail services into Europe.

The Port of Barcelona has become a leading Spanish, European and international maritime and logistics center, and in terms of value of goods, the port is No. 1 in Spain.

Shipping and logistics is a trust-based business and by establishing strong partnerships, delivering quality services and focusing on connectivity, the Port of Barcelona has become a reputable partner for Japan.


“Catalonia has successfully attracted 70 percent of Japanese direct investment into Spain,” states Port of Barcelona President, Merce Conesa. “The Port of Barcelona is playing a leading role in further strengthening Spain-Japan ties.”

The Port of Barcelona has had a presence in Japan through a permanent representative for a quarter of a century and its ties to the Japanese business community continue to thrive.

By developing relationships with Japanese original equipment manufacturers, freight forwarders, shipping lines and heavy equipment exporters, the Port of Barcelona is well-positioned to develop its container trade business with Japanese companies as they grow their businesses in Europe. The port also offers high-quality, high-frequency services for cars and oversized freight on car-carrier ships.

The success of the Port of Barcelona can be measured by the fact that its container business grew 32 percent last year and 2018 has already seen 18 percent growth.

BARCELOC: Barcelona European Logistics Center

Through BARCELOC, the Port of Barcelona and local administrations are positioning the Barcelona area as a logistics hub for leading Japanese companies, by offering favorable tax incentives, industrial specialization and logistics partnerships. BARCELOC is a business-oriented public service, offering customized and tailor-made guidance on Japan’s potential investments in Barcelona. The service is free of charge and rendered neutrally and confidentially.