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Foreign Direct Investment

Ranked No. 1 for per capita foreign direct investment every year since 2008, Louisiana’s status as a national leader in international business investment is no accident – it’s the result of sustained relationship building and reinvestment.

Louisiana’s Vital Role in International Trade and Commerce

Nestled in the heart of the southern U.S., the state boasts a unique global gateway. International trade in Louisiana is predominantly anchored by its ports, which offer specialized intermodal transportation, playing a pivotal role in facilitating imports and exports and fostering trade relationships with countries worldwide.

International investment in Louisiana is also diverse, covering a spectrum of industries. The state’s agricultural sector is a significant contributor, exporting commodities such as soybeans, rice and corn to various global markets. Louisiana’s process industry sector also stands out, supplying chemicals, plastics and petrochemical products to numerous countries.

The state’s energy sector, particularly its oil and natural gas production, significantly influences international trade. Louisiana’s refineries, pipelines and LNG terminals play a critical role in the global energy market. The state’s expertise in energy production and its role in shaping the global energy landscape has provided numerous opportunities for international trade partnerships.

The logistical advantages of doing business in Louisiana have placed the state at the epicenter of world trade for centuries. Today, major public and private investments are ensuring that Louisiana’s international commerce leadership role will be secure for generations to come.

Global Access

Louisiana’s extensive port system, proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and central location in the southern U.S. establish it as a powerful hub for global and domestic commerce. The state offers:

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Six Mississippi River deepwater ports

Combining to handle the most domestic cargo in the nation.

Six Class 1 railroads

Spanning over 3,000 miles—New Orleans is the only place in America where six Class 1 railroads converge with a deepwater seaport.

More than 1,000 miles of interstate

Connecting all corners of the state with major regional markets such as Atlanta, Dallas and Houston.

Nearly 50,000 miles of pipelines

Integrated to crisscross every major highway, railroad and navigable waterway in the state.

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port

The nation’s first and only deepwater oil port.

Six Mississippi River deepwater ports

Combining to handle the most domestic cargo in the nation.

Six Class 1 railroads

Spanning over 3,000 miles—New Orleans is the only place in America where six Class 1 railroads converge with a deepwater seaport.

More than 1,000 miles of interstate

Connecting all corners of the state with major regional markets such as Atlanta, Dallas and Houston.

Nearly 50,000 miles of pipelines

Integrated to crisscross every major highway, railroad and navigable waterway in the state.

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port

The nation’s first and only deepwater oil port.

Foreign Trade Zones

Home to seven designated FTZs for importing, manufacturing or reshipping, Louisiana provides foreign companies with customs-free import, reshipment and manufacturing options. FTZs are designated areas where certain regulatory and customs procedures are streamlined to encourage and promote international trade. These zones provide advantages such as deferred or reduced customs duties, improved supply chain efficiency and opportunities for businesses to compete more effectively in the global marketplace.

Louisiana FTZ Locations

  • Alexandria
  • Baton Rouge
  • Gramercy
  • Houma
  • New Orleans
  • Lake Charles
  • Shreveport

International Relations

Forging business relationships both at home and abroad, Louisiana is a key trade and investment partner for a wide array of global companies. Louisiana business leaders have had successful trade missions to Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom in recent years, attracting energy, aerospace and life sciences investments.

Foreign Investment: By the numbers

#1

Nationally ranked in per capita FDI since 2008

70,000

Jobs supported through foreign companies in Louisiana

550,000

Jobs supported through Louisiana exports

#1

Nationally ranked in per capita FDI since 2008

70,000

Jobs supported through foreign companies in Louisiana

550,000

Jobs supported through Louisiana exports

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