Port of Greater Baton Rouge

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The Port of Greater Baton Rouge:

  • Is situated 230 miles from the Gulf of Mexico on the Mississippi River at the junction of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway
  • The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway links neighboring states from Florida to South Texas, 31 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces
  • The port ranks among the top 13 ports in the nation; ranks 32nd in the world in total tonnage annually
  • Includes 85 miles of the Mississippi River and encompasses Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parishes in its port jurisdiction
  • Provides excellent intermodal transportation with direct access to ship, barge, truck and rail
  • Is adjacent to U.S. Interstates 10, 12 and 110 and LA Hwy 1; allows easy access to U.S. Highway 61, U.S. Interstate 49 and U.S. Interstate 55
  • Is served by three Class 1 railroads: Union Pacific Railroad, Illinois Central/Canadian National Railway and the Kansas City Southern Railroad
  • Is situated on one of the largest port systems in the world—the lower Mississippi River port system (from Baton Rouge to the mouth of the Mississippi River)
  • Handles a variety of bulk and breakbulk cargoes for domestic and international markets including asphalt, barite, carbon black, coal, coffee, coke, grain, forest products, liquid bulk chemicals, molasses, oats, ores, pipe, rye, steel, talc and sugar