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Mexican Trade and Business Relations Help Keep Louisiana on Top

With geographic proximity, a shared reliance on the Gulf of Mexico, and a long history of economic and social exchange, Mexico and Louisiana are poised to leverage increased trade flows and cross-border investment in the century ahead.

Notable Mexican Investment in Louisiana

Trade Between Mexico and Louisiana

Mexican companies have played a significant role in Louisiana’s FDI leadership, with 2 projects since 2008 accounting for over $148 million in capital expenditures and over 370 new direct jobs. Mexico became Louisiana’s second largest export market in 2020. In 2022, they were the source of the largest amount of imports to Louisiana.

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Exports to Mexico
Mineral Fuel, Oil Etc.; Bitumin Subst; Mineral Wax$5.1 billion
Cereals $1.8 billion
Milling Products; Malt; Starch; Inulin; Wht Gluten$813.6 million
Plastics And Articles Thereof$500.7 million
Organic Chemicals$181.3 million
Food Industry Residues & Waste; Prep Animal Feed$140.4 million
Aluminum And Articles Thereof$124.3 million
Fertilizers$144.5 million
Paper & Paperboard & Articles (inc Papr Pulp Artl)$83.2 million
Inorg Chem; Prec & Rare-earth Met & Radioact Compd$76.8 million
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Imports from Mexico
Mineral Fuel, Oil Etc.; Bitumin Subst; Mineral Wax $3.4 billion
Vehicles, Except Railway Or Tramway, And Parts Etc $353.4 million
Iron And Steel$283.7 million
Inorg Chem; Prec & Rare-earth Met & Radioact Compd$209 million
Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts$95.4 million
Salt; Sulfur; Earth & Stone; Lime & Cement Plaster$70.7 million
Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts$89.5 million
Coffee, Tea, Mate & Spices$67.5 million
Special Classification Provisions, Nesoi$47.5 million
Furnit; Bedding, Mattres; Luminaires, Light Fix; Prefab$44.2 million

Louisiana Representation in Mexico

Louisiana has a chief representative, Gloria Garcia, based in Mexico City, Mexico. If you would like to reach her, email or call +52 55 5250-9311.


Direct flights are available to Cancun, Mexico via the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). New Orleans also serves as a port of departure for cruises to Cozumel, Costa Maya and Progreso.

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Cultural Ties and Resources

The Consul General of Mexico is Tito Livio Morales Burelo.

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana was founded to support the growth and development of Hispanic-owned businesses in Louisiana. Learn more here.

The mission of Puentes New Orleans is to foster development in the Latino community of New Orleans through civic engagement, leadership, economic growth and advocacy. Learn more here.

The Hispanic Business and Leadership Institute at Southeastern University supports the socioeconomic development of the Hispanic community and enhances the competitiveness of Hispanic businesses in the Southeast United States through professional development and programs for Hispanic youth. Learn more here.

Louisiana State University offers academic abroad and international exchange programs with various universities in Mexico. Tulane University’s Goldring Institute of International Business offers programs and partnerships with numerous schools in Latin America, including Mexico’s ITAM and ITESM. The cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans both have outstanding primary and secondary schools that offer full immersion in Spanish.

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