The lower Mississippi River is the world’s busiest port system and the Port of New Orleans is right at the center of it all. At JEDCO, we are fortunate to have a wonderful relationship with the Port, one where we are exploring a variety of opportunities to work together in the future. Yesterday, the JEDCO team and Board of Commissioners received a private tour of the Port’s impressive facilities from the deck of a boat.
The Port of New Orleans is one of the Fastest Growing Export and Import Ports in the US. It is the #1 US Port for Import Natural Rubber and the #2 US Port for Import Coffee. Chemicals are the #1 Export of the Port of New Orleans.
The Port is the only seaport in the US served by all six Class I rail lines, a number of ocean carriers, and several barge and truck lines. It’s a huge facility! There are more than 20 million square feet of cargo handling area, more than 3.1 million square feet of covered storage area, and 1.7 million square feet of cruise and parking facilities.
The Port of New Orleans is the 6th largest cruise port in the United States, supporting 8,120 jobs and providing $324 million in personal income. There have been over a million passengers coming and going in the past two years consecutively.