International Trade

Located at the mouth of the Mississippi River, the Greater New Orleans region was founded as the nation’s logistical hub and continues to offer unparalleled infrastructure for international trade. Its location alone—which offers availability of land with deepwater access—is cause for trade, logistics, and distribution companies to take a closer look at the region. Combined with the region’s extensive transportation systems, skilled workforce, and aggressive incentives, the Greater New Orleans region is ready to compete on a global stage.

The trade and logistics industry in the Greater New Orleans region benefits from the following regional assets:

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
The Mississippi River is of paramount importance for global trade. The more than 11,000 vessels traversing the Lower Mississippi River each year come and go via 14,500 miles of inland waterways and transport roughly 500 million tons of cargo annually.

MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION
The Greater New Orleans region boasts a complex transportation infrastructure that provides easy access to the rest of the world via air, land, and sea. This extensive transportation system includes the largest port system by tonnage in the Western hemisphere and the only port in the country with access to all six Class I railroads via the New Orleans Public Belt.

CERTIFIED SITES
The Greater New Orleans region is home to 16 development-ready industrial sites (“Certified Sites”), each of which has undergone extensive and rigorous review by Louisiana Economic Development and an independent, third-party engineering firm.

RIGHT TO WORK
Louisiana is a Right to Work state, where qualified employees are free to work in unionized workplaces without being required or compelled to join the union and pay union fees.

Trade and logistics businesses in the region also benefit from world-class incentive programs, including:

THE INDUSTRIAL TAX EXEMPTION
Offers manufacturers up to 80% property tax abatement for an initial term of up to five years and the option to renew for an additional five years on a manufacturer’s qualifying capital investment related to the manufacturing process.

THE LOUISIANA QUALITY JOBS PROGRAM
Provides a cash rebate to companies that create well-paid jobs and promote economic development, including up to a 6% rebate of annual gross payroll for new direct jobs for up to 10 years and a state sales/use rebate on capital expenditures.

LED FASTSTART
Recognized as the nation’s best state workforce training program, LED FastStart provides customized employee recruitment, screening, and training to new and expanding companies at no cost.

The following trade and logistics companies have found infrastructure, support, talent, and success in the Greater New Orleans region:

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
Kinder Morgan Delta Terminal
Public Belt Railroad Commission
International-Matex Tank Terminals
Contanda
TCI Trucking
Kearney Companies
Dupuy Storage & Forwarding

To learn more about International Trade in the Greater New Orleans region, please contact:

Grady Fitzpatrick
(504) 527-6986
gfitzpatrick@gnoinc.org
Gary Silbert
(504) 527-6948
gsilbert@gnoinc.org