As the shipping gateway to the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana benefits from not only from its own exports but also from its role as a main port for billions of dollars in goods from across the country. In 2018, Louisana exported over $66 billion worth of goods to international markets, which helped supports more than 510,000 good-paying Louisiana jobs.

Job Creation

  • In Louisiana, 516,200 jobs were supported by international trade in 2017, representing 19.1% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2016, 3,588 companies exported goods from Louisiana of which 85% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2016, 67,700 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2,3

Exports and Growth

  • Louisiana exported $66.2 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2018. Louisiana's largest markets in 2018 were:4
    • Mexico ($8.8 billion)
    • South Korea ($3.8 billion)
    • Netherlands ($3.6 billion)
    • Brazil ($3.6 billion)
    • Canada ($3.5 billion)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Louisiana's' economy, totaling $1.5 billion in 2017, according to the USDA.5
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $754 million in exports from 95 companies in Louisiana.6
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $493 million in Louisiana companies for overseas investment.7
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $177 million in exports from Louisiana companies, supporting an estimated 1,000 jobs in the state.8

Education and Research

  • In 2016-2017, 1,993 Louisiana students studied abroad.9
  • During 2018, 7,750 international students were enrolled in Louisiana colleges and universities and contributed $259 million to the Louisiana economy.9

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 1,214 Peace Corps volunteers from Louisiana have served in dozens of countries overseas.10