International Trade

The Greater New Orleans Region makes perfect sense. Our location alone is cause for trade, logistics and distribution companies to take a close look at the Greater New Orleans Region. Additionally, our multimodal transportation infrastructure a skilled workforce, aggressive federal and state incentives, and the availability of land with deepwater access contribute to the region's irresistibility. Take a closer look at the Greater New Orleans Region.

Unparalleled Infrastructure

The Greater New Orleans Region is home to the nation's most integrated national waterway, railroad and highway infrastructure systems.

Major Port System

The Greater New Orleans region is part of the largest port system in the world as measured by tonnage. The region is one of the most highly connected to the national port, railroad and highway infrastructure, with a population base of 76 million people within 600 miles. Located in Laplace, The Port of South Louisiana boasts the following:

"New Orleans is strategically important to Tabasco® brand products. It is the port through which we import our key raw material, pepper mash from Central and South America. And, it is through which we export our bottled, finished products to Europe, Africa, and Central and South America. The supporting rail infrastructure throughout the region makes it cost effective and timely to produce the finished product in Louisiana and distribute it internationally from Avery Island. The Port of New Orleans has facilitated our global growth for many years and continues to meet tomorrow's challenges with competitive and innovative solutions." - Paul McIlhenny, President/CEO, McIlhenny Co.

Similarly, The Port of New Orleans boasts the following:

The Port of New Orleans Is Served By Over 50 Shipping Lines, including:

Panama Canal Expansion

"The widening of the Panama Canal will boost international trade by leaps and bounds. Businesses in the Greater New Orleans Region are perfectly positioned to take advantage of the opportunity."

The expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled for completion in 2014, will open Gulf of Mexico ports to substantial new sources of trade with Asia and the west coast of South America, including large markets in Chile and Peru. Increased investments will fully capitalize on increased international trade.

Air Cargo

Nearby Louis Armstrong International Airport provides daily passenger and commercial service to major airports in the United States, Mexico, Europe, Canada, and Central & South America. St. John the Baptist Regional Airport has two runways and offers private, business, airfreight and on-site storage.

Key Incentives

Federal, state and local incentives available to the international trade, logistics and distribution industry in the Greater New Orleans Region comprise one of the most aggressive, and potentially lucrative, financial packages in the nation.

"The Greater New Orleans region has historically been recognized as a key hub of the oil and gas industry in the United States. Southeast Louisiana is poised to retain this position due to the existing infrastructure, extensive base of industry workers and access to a vast amount of untapped oil and natural gas resources in the Gulf of Mexico." - Clay Neff, General Operations Manager, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company

Workforce / Training / Educational Resources

International trade, logistics and distribution businesses in the Greater New Orleans Region have the advantage of a talented, experienced workforce.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber and GNO, Inc. Trade Study

In the first major joint effort between GNO, Inc. and Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), a sweeping study of the international trade and logistics landscape was conducted. The results provide incredible insight about how Southeast Louisiana can best leverage its unique assets for the greatest economic benefit. Please click the link below if you would like to view the executive summary of the report, conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton. Trade Study Executive Summary


Louis Armstrong International Airport

New Orleans Public Belt Railroad

Port of New Orleans

World Trade Center of New Orleans

Corporate Presence

Agility Project Logistics

Associated Terminals

Blessey Marine Services Inc.

Boasso America Corporation

Bunge North America Inc.

CGB Enterprises

Coastal Cargo Company Inc.

Con-Way Freight Inc.

Delta Terminal Services

DynMcDermott Petroleum Operations Company

Eckstein Marine Service Inc.

Hornbeck Offshore Services LLC


International Matex Tank Terminals

Kearney Companies

Mediterranean Shipping Corporation

New Orleans Cold Storage

New Orleans Public Belt

Otto Candies LLC

Randa Corporation

Teco Bulk Terminal


Wal-Mart Distribution Center

Westway Holdings


Trade / Logistics / Distribution Industry Analysis (PDF)

Maritime Advisory Task Force: Five-Year Ports and Maritime Plan (PDF)