Louisiana

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Louisiana transports $107 billion of freight over the state’s 428 miles of waterways. That amounts to 260 million tons of commodities shipped to, from, and within the state. Louisiana docks ship commodities by barge to 15 states and receive commodities from 24 states, Puerto Rico and other foreign countries, making the state’s waterways one of the region’s most significant economic resources.

Louisiana 2005 Waterborne Commerce To, From and Within the state

(tonnage in thousands of tons; values in millions of dollars)

Commodity Shipped Received Within Total Value
Coal 7,207 14,739 2,268 24,214 $1,098
Petroleum Products 39,420 10,879 19,787 70,086 $9,138
Crude Petroleum 1,743 3,859 9,160 14,762 $1,462
Aggregates 397 13,367 81 13,845 $3,765
Grain 1,280 56,888 999 59,167 $9,772
Chemicals 18,690 4,800 7,559 31,049 $15,151
Ores/Minerals 10,158 816 2,207 13,181 $1,710
Iron/Steel 15,561 730 281 16,572 $5,528
Other 11,126 4,017 1,482 16,625 $59,828
TOTAL 105,582 110,095 43,824 259,501 $107,452

Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterborne Commerce Statistics

2005 Louisiana Waterborne Commerce Shipped to and from Other States and Countries

(tonnage in thousands of tons; values in millions of dollars)

Shipments To Tons Value Top Commodity Shipments From Tons Value Top Commodity
Florida 23,157 $2,816 Petroleum Illinois 38,568 $4,750 Grain
Texas 15,419 $4,221 Petroleum Texas 10,990 $3,746 Petroleum
Illinois 11,229 $3,636 Chemical Kentucky 10,445 $2,754 Aggregates
Kentucky 9,497 $1,534 Iron/Steel Missouri 7,352 $1,038 Grain
Ohio 7,032 $1,210 Iron/Steel Iowa 6,062 $979 Grain

Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterborne Commerce Statistics