Reports show tariffs are hurting Louisiana’s biggest ports

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NEW ORLEANS – FEBRUARY 22: Boats head through the Industrial Canal in the Port of New Orleans February 22, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Bush administration deal, under which a state-owned Dubai company called Dubai Ports World located in the United Arab Emirates, includes the purchase six major ports around the United States including this port. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Reports from the governing bodies for Louisiana’s biggest ports said the effects of trade wars negatively affected them last year.

The New Orleans Advocate/The Times-Picayune reported that the recently released reports say bulk cargo volumes dropped by 25% at the Port of New Orleans in 2019, and the much larger Port of South Louisiana just upriver saw a decrease of 15%.

The newspaper reported that the state’s economic growth has increased in recent months.

But the shipping industry plays a critical role, and the slowdown suggests

President Donald Trump’s tariffs are putting pressure on parts of the economy.

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