LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A U.S. Department of Commerce reports shows the Port of Lake Charles was the 49th-largest export market in the United States last year.
Merchandise exports in 2013 totaled $5.7 billion. Export growth from 2012 to 2013 was up $912.3 million from the $4.7 billion in merchandise exported in 2012, a 19.2 percent increase.
Bill Rase, the port's executive director, tells the American Press (http://bit.ly/1lEyWnP ) the port could jump to the top 20 export markets within the next five years because of the $77 billion worth of capital investments in the region.
In five years, Rase says the number of ships that transit the Calcasieu Ship Channel will double.
The state's three major port cities — New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lake Charles — had record exports for the year.
Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com