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The Gulf Gateway Advantage

The Louisiana International Terminal is Port NOLA’s new $1.8 billion container terminal project. Combined with Port NOLA’s existing facilities and connectivity, the new terminal will position Louisiana as the premier international Gulf gateway.

Leveraging Port NOLA's Unique Position

Port of New Orleans is a modern gateway connecting Louisiana and the inland U.S. to global markets by river, rail, and road. Maritime commerce at Port NOLA generates thousands of jobs and millions of dollars for the state and regional economy each year.

To continue supporting that economic mission, Port NOLA is investing in our existing maritime assets while also planning for the future with the Louisiana International Terminal— a new container facility in St. Bernard Parish that will serve vessels of all sizes and create jobs and opportunity for Louisiana.

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Port NOLA has handled containerized cargo for over 50 years. We are Louisiana’s only international container port. The strategic alignment of the New Orleans Public Belt, a Class III connecting railroad, makes New Orleans the only U.S. city where deep-draft shipping coincides directly with the rail gateway. This makes Port NOLA a truly intermodal freight source that is well-suited to leverage our assets with a new terminal.

Group 108.png Port NOLA is in an unparalleled position to offer future trade opportunities and boost regional economic growth with this new international container terminal.


The Louisiana International Terminal will harness Port NOLA’s premium connectivity.

4 critical
Interstate systems

with a new St. Bernard Transportation Corridor in progress 

6 Class I

via the New Orleans Public Belt

14,500 miles
of inland waterways that connect 31 states upriver

30+ inland hubs
including Dallas, Memphis, Chicago, and Canada


The Louisiana International Terminal is poised to grow value-added services and distribution centers by driving new cargo, logistics, and transloading services. With $4.5 million available annually in tax incentives for importers, Louisiana is investing in the supply chain of the future.

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Areas of Growth:

  • Retail distribution/e-fulfillment
    • Home goods and furniture
    • Online retail delivery operations
  • Third-Party Logistics Provider (National 3PL)
  • Specialty coffee roasters
  • Food processing
  • Packaging

Our Leading Cargo

Our Leading Cargo Import: Steel, coffee, furniture, natural rubber, forest products, and non-ferrous materials. Exports: Plastic resins, forzen poultry, paper, and pulp

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Group 108.pngGrowing Louisiana Imports: Import Tax Credits

Some imports are eligible for a tax credit of up to $50 per Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) or $100 per TEU if associated with a Louisiana Economic Development (LED) project. To qualify for this tax credit, tax liability in Louisiana is required along with at least 5% growth and a minimum of 10 TEUs.

Target industries include:

  • Retail apparel
  • Footwear
  • Furniture
  • Medical supplies and equipment

Greening the Supply Chain

The Port of New Orleans' award-winning environmental strategies, many of which will be implemented at the Louisiana International Terminal, are delivering decarbonization across the supply chain. With ocean carriers investing more in renewable fuel-powered ships, Port NOLA is staying ahead of the curve by planning for future innovations in energy needs across the port sector.

Our current environmental efforts:

  • Green Marine Certified provides goals for continuous improvements for sustainability and the environment

  • Seacor container-on-barge service has reduced 9.7 million kg in CO2 emissions and saved 1 million gallons of diesel fuel.

  • Clean Truck Replacement Incentive Program (TRIP) has helped replace 87 trucks and counting for local owner-operators and small fleets to improve air quality by removing harmful particulate matter and nitrous oxides from truck emissions.

  • Idle reduction program reduces Green House Gasses, air pollutants, and noise from vehicles, equipment, and locomotives.

  • Energy-saving technologies, such as solar power and EPA-classified Tier 1 locomotives at the New Orleans Public Belt, have led to six consecutive Clean Fleet Leader awards.

  • Recognized for an Environmental Leadership Award by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

Our Napoleon Terminal

The Louisiana International Terminal will complement our existing terminals, making Louisiana the premier gulf gateway. Our Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal has unique benefits that give us a competitive advantage.

An expanded annual throughput capacity of 1 million TEUs with room for continued growth

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Global relationships with a growing number of ocean carriers and
barge lines

$150 million investment in container gantry cranes for the existing container terminal

Leading container-on-barge service provided by
Seacor AMH

Excellent waterside navigation with a
50-ft draft

Protection from major storms behind heavily-invested-in regional levee systems

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No matter your shipping needs, we will deliver seamless service for your containerized materials.

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