Ports of South Louisiana, New Orleans & Plaquemines Ranked #1, #4 & #11 in America


In Global Trade magazine’s “Top 50 Power Ports” ranking, the Port of South Louisiana has been ranked #1 and the Port of New Orleans #4. Further, the Port of Plaquemines is named #11. Writes Global Trade:

The Port of South Louisiana: “The largest tonnage port in the entire western hemisphere, the Port of South Louisiana handled nearly 307 million short tons of cargo in 2017 alone. In fact, the port handles nearly 60 percent of the exports leaving Louisiana, and about 15 percent of all total US exports. The port spans an impressive 54 miles and holds 40 liquid and dry bulk terminals. It’s also home to the most active Foreign Trade Zone in America- FTZ 124.”

The Port of New Orleans: “Officially created in 1896, the Port of New Orleans is now the fourth-largest port in the United States. In 2017, the port set a record for number of cruise passengers, marking the fourth year in a row that the port exceeded a million cruise passengers in a calendar year. Exports increased by $2.27 billion dollars in 2017. According to the Port Authority, the Port of New Orleans moves enough commodities annually to brew 20 million cups of coffee and bake 660 million chicken pot pies- just to name a few.”

Plaquemines Port: “Located just 20 miles south of the Port of New Orleans, Plaquemines is the closest port to open water along the Mississippi river. It is also the closest energy port to the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and is well equipped to handle petroleum products and oilfield supply vessels.”

You can read the entire Power Port ranking here.