Port of Lake Charles

See how the nation's 11th busiest port helps drive the local economy

By Bill Lewis on October 30, 2015

The nation’s 11th-busiest port, the Port of Lake Charles is a big player in the local economy.

Opened in 1924, the port today supports 10,000 direct and indirect jobs. About 5 million tons of cargo is loaded and unloaded yearly at the two Port of Lake Charles terminals. Crude oil is the port’s top commodity; other commodities include limestone, gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and caustic soda. Bagged food, used to aid the world, is one of the port’s major exports. 

By the Numbers

10,000 ft. – Length of runway at Chennault International Airport – the longest runway on the Gulf Coast

140,000 – Number of passengers served by Lake Charles Regional Airport

400 – Estimated number of railcars expected to ship rice from the South Louisiana Rail Facility in Lacassine to Mexico in 2015

11th – The Port of Lake Charles is the 11th busiest port in the U.S. by cargo tonnage

5M -Tons of cargo loaded and unloaded yearly at the two Port of Lake Charles terminals

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