- Associated Press - Thursday, March 13, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An eight-person delegation of transportation and economic development officials from Lithuania has signed a memorandum of understanding to exchange market and operational information with the Port of New Orleans.

Officials say the agreement hopes to grow trade and investment between the port and Lithuania’s Klaipeda Seaport.

The group discussed trade and transportation issues Wednesday and toured cargo facilities at the port. The talks focused on how Louisiana can support the largest export to Lithuania annually - frozen poultry. Last year, the port shipped 36,701 short tons of frozen poultry to Lithuania, accounting for about 67 percent of the total cargo exported annually from New Orleans.

In all, the port says waterborne trade - both inbound and outbound - between Louisiana and Lithuania totaled 85,911 short tons in 2013.

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