- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Port of New Orleans has engaged an Indian agency to represent its interests there.

Port President Gary LaGrange says Samsara Shipping Pvt. Ltd. will work with the port to develop business ties, which are expected to initially focus on steel and oil and gas products.

Other areas of interest for the port include apparel, furniture, machinery and other retail merchandise.

LaGrange says the state-run port offers an array of container and breakbulk services to and from Indian ports.

Samsara has 54 offices in India.

India’s imports from Louisiana include forest products, synthetic rubber and chemicals. The country is a major exporter of steel to U.S. markets.

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