International Commerce

About Louisiana’s Office of International Commerce

Louisiana’s Office of International Commerce (OIC) drives initiatives focused on attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), increasing trade volumes and expanding manufacturing activity within the state. Leveraging its business-friendly policies, an abundance of talent, a unique culture and an unrivaled infrastructure, Louisiana has attracted more foreign direct investment per capita than any other state since 2008. 

In recent years, the state has become a U.S. leader in foreign direct investment attraction and a key trade and investment destination for international companies. Louisiana provides a gateway to 38 interior states and grants manufacturers unmatched access to worldwide markets through the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, the state has seven designated Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ), providing foreign companies with customs-free options for the import, manufacture or reshipment of goods.

The OIC team includes representatives throughout the world covering Canada, China, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Together, the international team showcases Louisiana’s value proposition to potential investors and traders across the globe.

OIC is a division of Louisiana Economic Development (LED), a department of the government of the State of Louisiana.The Louisiana Board of International Commerce (LaBIC) provides strategic advice and guidance to the OIC. For more information, contact the OIC.

“We are pleased to select Louisiana as the site for Benteler Steel/Tube’s first U.S. production plant. The talented workforce, welcoming business climate and important geographic proximity to North America’s energy corridor were all important factors in our decision to locate here.”

Matthias Jaeger

International Support

Select a country below for more information about how Louisiana can support your business.


Austrian companies, like Benteler Steel/Tube, have found LED FastStart® and Louisiana’s expedited permitting among the top reasons to invest in the state.


Investing across diverse industries from software development to energy, Canadian companies, like CGI and Methanex, are calling Louisiana home.


China is a strategic market for Louisiana, and Shandong Yuhuang Chemical recently made a $1.85 billion investment in the state.


Leading German-based investors in Louisiana, such as BASF, have leveraged Louisiana’s deepwater ports and No.1 business climate.


Louisiana is home to over 150 Japanese facilities, and in-country representatives are available to discuss the state’s value proposition.


Unrivaled logistics, including one of the largest port systems in the world, make Louisiana a natural fit for Mexican companies.


South Korea is a strategic market for Louisiana, and in-country representatives are available to meet on-site with potential investors.


Viking River Cruises, ABB and other Swiss companies have touted the benefits of the Mississippi River and its quick and efficient access to 38 U.S. states.


Investments from Taiwan, such as Formosa’s $9.4 billion complex, have been a mainstay of Louisiana’s economy for decades.


As the leading investor nation in Louisiana, the U.K. has deep ties to Louisiana.