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North Louisiana’s Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Offers Access to the World

North Louisiana’s location in the United States makes it a strategic distribution hub for the entire south. Some of the world’s largest markets — and over 86 million consumers — are all within a day’s travel. The region is connected nationally and globally by a multimodal system of two regional airports, four prominent ports, Class-1 rail, and multiple interstates and highways.


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Sheena Bryant, CEcD

Business Development Strategy Vice President

Two Regional Airports + Numerous General Aviation Airports

  • Shreveport Regional Airport is the 2nd Largest Cargo Airport in Louisiana
  • Shreveport Regional Airport is a U.S. Customs Port of Entry
  • Daily cargo service through FedEx, UPS, Mountain Air Cargo, and Worldwide Flight Services
  • Inventory Tax Rebate

Four Ports — Including a Foreign Trade Zone and U.S. Customs Port of Entry

  • Comprised of four shallow-draft, inland ports
  • Louisiana sits at the crossroads of the Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway. The state’s interconnected system of deep water and inland, shallow draft ports work together to move some of the largest tonnages in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Cargo arriving at our inland ports can reach 86 million consumers in some of America’s biggest markets within a day through motor freight service.
  • All four ports are connected to deep water ports in South Louisiana through tributaries that flow into the Mississippi River, including two of the busiest ports in the nation: the Port of South Louisiana in Baton Rouge and the Port of New Orleans.
  • Caddo-Bossier Parishes Port, Red River Port, and Natchitoches Port can reach the Port of Houston through the Atchafalaya River and Intracoastal Waterway in less than one week.
  • Located at the head of navigation on the Red River Waterway in northwest Louisiana is the Caddo-Bossier Parishes Port. This 4,000-acre industrial park offers inland multi-modal transportation and distribution, a Foreign Trade Zone, and is a U.S. Customs Port of Entry. Located just outside of the City of Shreveport’s city limits.

Two Class-1 Railroads + Numerous Short Line Railways

  • Fastest rail connection between Dallas and the east coast
  • A hub for rail traffic between Mexico and Canada
  • Offers intermodal capabilities
  • All six of the major railroads operating in North America converge in Louisiana
  • CPKC and Union Pacific Railroad (UP), both Class-1 railroads, most commonly service industrial sites in North Louisiana
  • Access to a 900-acre certified industrial park deemed as one of six KCS Premier Sites in the nation

2 Major Interstates + 9 U.S. Highways

  • Interstate 20 (I-20) provides east-west access through the southeast U.S. and links North Louisiana to some of the largest markets in the U.S., such as Dallas and Atlanta.
  • Interstate 49 (I-49) is a north-south intrastate connector from Arkansas through Shreveport and continues south until it meets a cloverleaf interchange with I-10 located in the southern region of Louisiana.
  • Nine U.S. highways stretch through North Louisiana, linking the region to the rest of the nation.

Expedited Permitting

To maximize time and efficiency for companies, an expedited environmental permit-processing program was created — enabling Louisiana to issue permits more efficiently and quicker than most states in the country.

Development-Ready Sites for Immediate Growth

North Louisiana offers 5,071 acres of certified sites – ready for development. In today’s fast-paced business environment, certified sites allow companies to expedite project timelines with the reassurance that unexpected surprises will not delay development.

A Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Certified Site is a project-ready industrial site that has completed a rigorous review process by Louisiana Economic Development and an independent, third-party engineering firm.

Specific site details, such as zoning restrictions, title work, Phase I Environmental Assessments, geotechnical surveys, and cultural resources surveys are reviewed for compliance and authenticity. The LED Certified Sites program provides prospective companies peace of mind that the site is shovel ready.

North Louisiana offers some of the largest certified sites in the state. North Louisiana is also home to one of the six KCS Premier Sites in the nation.

Business-Friendly Environment

Our region offers some of the lowest costs of doing business in the United States and encourages business development through customized financial incentives.

These pro-growth policies have strengthened Louisiana’s tax environment, making it a more competitive place to invest and develop a business. The state has implemented the largest personal income tax cut in state history — putting more money back into the pockets of Louisiana’s taxpayers.

Tax Benefits:

  • No state sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment
  • Competitive property tax abatement
  • No capital gains tax on the sale of privately held businesses
  • Minimum corporate franchise tax coupled with inventory tax advantages

A combination of factors provides a low cost of doing business in Louisiana:

The state effectively provides a zero corporate income tax environment for items produced in Louisiana and shipped out of state (single sales tax apportionment).

Louisiana is a right-to-work state with a low percentage of unionized workers.

Louisiana businesses have access to a competitive, comprehensive portfolio of state, local, and federal incentives that can profoundly impact a company’s bottom line.