Spanish marketplaces to consider as parcel delivery grows 60% in 2018
The Correos Group (Spain’s national postal service) delivered more than 165 million packages in 2018. Of these, Correos delivered more than 106 million packages, representing an increase of 61% over the total number of packages handled in 2017. Correos Express, the group’s express parcel subsidiary, delivered around 59 million shipments, 16.3% more than in the previous year.
During the month of November Correos delivered 10.5 million packages and, in December, that figure rose to 13.2 million, which represents an accumulated total close to 24 million shipments and a percentage growth of more than 22% compared to the same period of 2017. For its part, Correos Express delivered a total of 10.5 million packages in November and December.
In addition to the highest figures in absolute terms registered in the last two months of 2018, another data that indicates the growth of the parcel segment is that Correos has manage achieved a monthly average of around 9 million packages, again another record figure. At the same time, Correos Express achieved approximately 5 million packages per month.
Without question this massive increase in parcels being delivered in Spain is due to their burgeoning ecommerce market estimated to be growing at 20% year on year. Spain isn’t the biggest or most profitable country to target in Europe, but with parcel growth of 61%, it’s time to start taking Spain seriously. 78.3% of Correos packages are domestic shipments; 20.12%, import shipments – mostly from China, Japan, Europe and the United States – and 1.54% export shipments, aimed at Europe and the Asian market.
eBay and Amazon both have operations in Spain, other Spanish marketplaces to consider include Carrefour, Privalia, Spartoo and Zalando.
A friend of mine living in Spain was very impressed with his Amazon deliveries, although I am not sure if it was Amazon delivery or by Correos.
As an experienced exporter, I’d also like to add that sending untracked into Spain via Royal Mail is not a viable option. (For those with a low av order value)