Port of Greater Baton Rouge

About The Port

Economic Impact

As the Mississippi River flows through south Louisiana on its way to the Gulf of Mexico, it passes through one of the busiest ports in the U.S. Gulf Coast region-the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. The strategic location of this port, at the convergence of the Mississippi River and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, links neighboring states from north Florida to south Texas. The port's economic impact extends far beyond the Greater Baton Rouge area.

Several factors add up to make the Port of Greater Baton Rouge a strategic location.   As the farthest inland deepwater port on the Mississippi River, the port's 45' deep draft capability makes for an attractive location for large-scale industrial development.  The region thrives economically as a result of large petrochemical complexes and their associated industries, as well as agricultural interests throughout the 85-mile stretch of the Mississippi within the port’s jurisdiction.  On average, the port handles more than 53 million tons within its jurisdiction, consistently ranking among the leading ports in the nation when measured by tonnage.

The Economic Impact Study Update, conducted by the Louisiana State University Ports and Waterways Institute, concluded:

  • Activities at the port generate over $11.3 billion in total state spending.

  • Statewide, the port generated over 20,000 jobs with a total estimated payroll of nearly $119 million.

  • Tax impacts generated from port activities include $130 million from total state and local tax revenues.

  • Within the four-parish area, the port generates over $118 million in total tax revenue.

Employment through port-related activities includes highly skilled, quality jobs with higher productivity per worker than in other economic sectors of the state.  The annual earnings averaged more than $27,000 per employee at the port's public facilities.

Economic Development Links:

Ascension Parish
Ascension Parish Chamber of Commerce
City of Baton Rouge
City of Gonzales
City of Plaquemine
City of Port Allen
Chamber of Greater Baton Rouge
Iberville Parish
Louisiana Department of Economic Development
Louisiana District Export Council
Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association
National Association of Foreign Trade Zones
U.S. Foreign Trade Zone Board
West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce