We know that Louisiana businesses should be more global, and opportunities for them to do so are multiplying. International trade is easily accessible to businesses in our region, which is charged with opportunity for expansion.

To realize this opportunity, the World Trade Center of New Orleans (WTCNO) must not only make trade a priority to business leaders, but also put them on the path to participation. We champion international trade as a strategic growth opportunity for Louisiana’s businesses, then forge relevant connections to help them realize it. We also make advocacy a priority by getting in front of logistical and political issues that may affect the Louisiana trade economy.

The WTCNO is a non-profit member organization, founded as the International House in 1944, that’s currently comprised of approximately 1,000 corporate and individual members which span across a diverse set of industries. The WTCNO was the first of what are now more than 300 World Trade Center organizations in nearly 100 countries, all of which are members of the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA). The Association itself was founded in New Orleans in 1968.

In recognition of its efforts to expand US exports, the WTCNO received both the President’s “E” and “E-Star” Awards for outstanding contributions to the expansion of United States exports.


The mission of the World Trade Center of New Orleans is to create jobs and wealth in Louisiana through international trade, economic development and allied activities. We do so by supporting a prosperous international business climate in Louisiana through advocacy, information, education and stakeholder programs and service that result in the recruitment, retention, and expansion of Louisiana-based international businesses. Through these and other initiatives, the World Trade Center of New Orleans serves as a catalyst in furthering Louisiana’s trade with other countries and bringing together international buyers and sellers to generate new business.