In local news:

The Port of New Orleans surpassed the half-million mark for twenty-foot-equivalent units handled in a 12-month period for the first time. Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange made the announcement during the 29th Annual State of the Port Address Tuesday, November 10, 2015, hosted by the International Freight Forwarders and Customs House Brokers Association of New Orleans. The most recent 12-month container data through September found the Port handled 537,285 TEUs, a 13.6 percent increase over the same period one-year ago. Those figures reflect a more than doubling of container volume in the Central American trade lane through September, buoyed by banana imports and paper and chemical exports.

Read more via Biz New Orleans here.

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