A prime location in the center of the state, close to I-49 and Alexandria International Airport, gives the Port of Alexandria many advantages for commercial and industrial commerce.
Nearly 500,000 tons of cargo crossed the docks at the port during 2005, and that trend is expected to continue.
The port includes about 125 acres containing a public terminal, a 60,000 square-foot warehouse, petroleum dock, steel bulk-head dock, general cargo dock with rail access and a 40-ton bridge crane equipped with a clamshell bucket, grappler and hopper-loader.
The Port of Alexandria has had the distinction of being the largest receiver and shipper of military equipment on inland waterways in the continental United States. the port's proximity to Fort Polk's Joint Readiness Training Center in Leesville has attracted heavy use by the U.S. Army and other military units, which use the river to move equipment in and out for training exercises at the nearby military post. Additionally, the Louisiana National Guard has regularly used the Port of Alexandria to ship barge-loads of equipment to such distant locales as Belize and Honduras for construction missions.
Industrial use of the port primarily includes bulk fertilizer blending, storage and distribution, aggregate transport for construction projects and creosote handling. With its existing amenities, as well as future planned expansion and enhancements to its infrastructure, the complex is an attractive site for business relocations and new enterprises as the Port is in Foreign Trade Zone # 261 authorized but not activated.