Louisiana International Trade Week set for November


Both Baton Rouge and New Orleans will be celebrating Louisiana International Trade Week Nov. 5-8 with a variety of speakers and events.

The Baton Rouge celebration will take place Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Water Institute/The Estuary, 1110 South River Road. On Nov. 6, a networking reception is planned at the Port of New Orleans from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., featuring Felton M. Jones Jr. of Ballard Brands and chief roastmaster of PJ’s Coffee on Perspectives from a Local Global Disruptor: Not Just Your Local Coffee Shop Anymore. The New Orleans celebration is set for Nov. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Marriott Convention Center, 859 Convention Center Blvd.

Here’s the schedule for both cities.


8:30 to 9:30 AM
Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:30 to 9:45 AM
Opening remarks

Transporting Louisiana into the Future | 9:45 to 10:45 AM
Whether by land, by air, or by sea, freight transportation plays a vital role in Louisiana’s economy, and our trade community remains vigilant in an increasingly competitive market. Listen to industry experts discuss changes in the local, national, and global marketplace that are affecting the movement of freight in and out of Louisiana. Learn how companies who provide transportation services, and industries that use them, are evolving to remain relevant and retain a competitive edge in this dynamic global environment.
MODERATOR: Kristiann App
PANELISTS: Armelle Honkou of PGS USA, Richard Tuebner of CKOR, Drew Tessier of Union Pacific, and Shawn Wilson of Louisiana Department of Transportation

Louisiana’s Energy Exports – Diverse & Impactful | 11 AM to 12 PM
Only 15 years ago, Louisiana was building infrastructure to import energy into the state. Today, we are a major exporter of diverse types of energy with important growth potential, including LNG, biomass and petrochemicals. Distinguished energy leaders in Louisiana will discuss the development of our various energy export sectors as well as their economic impact and future prospects.
MODERATOR: Jason French of Tellurian, Inc.
PANELISTS: Maury Hudson of Louisiana Energy Export Association, Don Pierson of Louisiana Economic Development, Tyler Gray of Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association, and Greg Bowser of Louisiana Chemical Association

Louisiana as an Emerging Superpower in the Global LNG Market | 12 to 1:15 PM
Amid predictions that the bourgeoning global LNG trade will more than double by 2040, Louisiana is well-positioned to become a major player. Given the considerable investment in LNG export projects, the second wave of growth is poised to make Louisiana an epicenter of global LNG trade. Tellurian Inc. CEO Meg Gentle will discuss Louisiana’s history and our developing role in the LNG export industry.


8:30 to 9:30 AM
Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:30 to 9:45 AM
Opening remarks

Navigating the Distribution Maze & Achieving Global Trade Solutions |
9:45 to 10:45 AM

Ever wonder about the logistics involved in ordering an item online and receiving it in two days or less? Since 1971, FedEx has been revolutionizing the way products get from A to B. By integrating air & ocean freight forwarding, customs brokerage, trade & customs advisory services, and other value-add services, FedEx Trade Networks is making sure shipments get through customs to customers—no issues, no surprises.
SPEAKER: FedEx Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance Cindy Allen

Advancements in Transportation Technology: Modernizing & Challenging Trade | 11 AM to 12 PM
Rapid technology developments breed enthusiasm and promise while also necessitating industry preparedness and foresight. As we rely increasingly on technology—such as computer systems and GPS—to more effectively and efficiently transport goods, we must anticipate inherent vulnerabilities in those systems and protect against them. Learn about the status of autonomous vessels, advancements that facilitate intermodal trade, expansion of the global trade platform, and the need for cybersecurity measures in light of the alarming number of cyberattacks by criminals and state actors.
MODERATOR: Stephen Hanemann, Kean Miller LLP
PANELISTS: Chris Allard of Metal Shark, Kevin Gray of GlobeNet LLC, Courtney Richard of Anchor 36 Trucking & Logistics

The First 75 Years of the WTCNO and the Bretton Woods Trading System:
Past as Prelude to Our Trade Future | 12 to 1:15 PM

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the post-World War II Bretton Woods international economic system. Global trade has flourished under multilateral rules of economic non-discrimination, expanding into non-traditional areas like trade in services and the digital economy. Yet, many industries and workers remain marginalized without receiving the benefits of trade liberalization. Our keynote speaker will provide an entertaining detailed overview of U.S. trade politics, beginning with the foundation of our system after World War II and ending with our current trade standoffs with China and others.
SPEAKER: C. Donald Johnson, University of Georgia

Register for the events.