Working for Louisiana's Exporters


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 and virtually 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 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. Follow us on LinkedIn to stay up to date on our latest programs.

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. Follow us on LinkedIN or visit the Export Solutions toolkit to learn more.

Louisiana Export

Louisiana DEC Members


Jerry Hingle, Jr.

President & CEO
International Trade Associates 


Brenda A. Stelly

Oil Center Research International, L.L.C.

dec treasurer

Warren O. Bares

Business Development
J. Maxime Roy, Inc.


Erin C. Butler

U.S. Commercial Service New Orleans
U.S. Department of Commerce


Alta Baker

President & CEO
Safe Haven Enterprises, Inc.


Check out these helpful resources for more information about international business and trade in the state of Louisiana.

The STEP Grant program helps Louisiana small businesses generate new export revenue and create or retain jobs resulting from sales to foreign markets. Under this SBA program, administered by Louisiana Economic Development, eligible small businesses can be reimbursed for expenses associated with participation in virtual and in-person trade shows and more.

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Provides consulting and training to help build Louisiana small businesses, including startups and entrepreneurs. The LSBDC is a member of the National Association of Small Business Development Centers and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development and participating universities and community colleges.

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The Consolidated Screening List (CSL) is a searchable list of parties for which the United States Government maintains restrictions on certain exports, reexports, or transfers of items. US exporters should always check international customers against the CSL.

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U.S. Commercial Service New Orleans is part of the International Trade Administration’s global network of experienced trade professionals located throughout the United States and in U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. Whether you’re looking to make your first export sale or expand to your 50th market, we offer the expertise you need to connect with lucrative opportunities and increase your bottom line.

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SelectUSA promotes job-creating foreign direct investment in the US, and maintains research on FDI flows and stock in the US.

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upcoming Louisiana DEC Events


Before you get on a plane and start spending serious money, it’s important to understand the export process. Fortunately, we’re here to help.

Check out our most recent webinar.

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