Exporting is essential to the health of the U.S. economy. Exports support over 11 million jobs in the United States, which pay 15% more than the U.S. average, and international sales have contributed to nearly 30% of domestic economic growth in recent years. However, this success is not limited to large corporations; the number of American businesses sending their goods and services overseas has tripled since 1990, with a full two-thirds of that boom coming from companies with fewer than 20 employees. It's become a necessity for any business to export and those that don't are 9% more likely to fail in any given year than comparable firms that do.
Several entities in Baton Rouge and New Orleans offer assistance to companies looking to improve their international operations.
LED's International Services division is responsible for facilitating the export of Louisiana goods and services. The International Services division provides services to Louisiana and its companies by assisting businesses with all aspects of international trade and supporting ports and airports in their efforts to increase the volume handled by their facilities.
Louisiana Economic Development
World Trade Center New Orleans is a non-profit organization whose mission is to add wealth and jobs in Louisiana through international trade, port development, and allied activities.
For business advice on exporting, see the SBA Guide to Exporting.
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