• The Louisiana District Export Council are our eyes and ears on the ground.
    They are the voice of the Exporter, and they are the advisor to our efforts to help small and medium- sized businesses throughout Louisiana.
  • Our Global Business Partner
    The USEAC and the LDEC are partners in creating new export opportunities for Louisiana businesses.
  • Help small and medium-sized U.S. businesses succeed in global markets.
    Our Council provides the business people of Louisiana with international trade expertise and educational resources focused on encouraging and supporting exporting.

Welcome to Louisiana District Export Council

The Louisiana District Export Council (LDEC) is a non-profit, private-sector advisory board whose mission is to grow Louisiana’s economy by boosting U.S. exports. Appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, LDEC members are some of Louisiana’s most experienced export executives.

LDEC convenes international trade-related programming around the state to help position Louisiana companies for success in the global market. LDEC also educates stakeholders about the importance of trade to Louisiana, communicates crucial trade-related information to the Louisiana business community, and offers scholarships for Louisiana companies to select export-themed events. LDEC cultivates the next generation of Louisiana exporters by sponsoring an internship program for undergraduates.

Closely affiliated with the U.S. Commerce Department, LDEC is one of 60 District Export Councils around the country that support and amplify the U.S. government’s export promotion efforts. LDEC works in partnership with the International Trade Administration’s office in Louisiana, the U.S. Commercial Service New Orleans.

U.S. Commercial Service New Orleans is part of the global network of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. The international trade specialists at U.S. Commercial Service New Orleans help Louisiana companies learn how to sell internationally, connect with foreign buyers, handle trade challenges and expand operations in new markets.

In partnership with LDEC and other federal, state, industry, and local organizations, the agency creates new international opportunities for Louisiana businesses. Visit LDEC’s Export Resources page or the Export Solutions toolkit to learn more about topics like:

  • Export Financing

  • International Marketing

  • Export Compliance and Controls

  • Documentation, Shipping, and Logistics

  • Market Research

  • Finding Buyers & Partners

  • International Trade Events

  • International Due Diligence

  • Intellectual Property