Louisiana is one of the top three exporters to the Netherlands, shipping $2 billion worth of goods, or nearly 5 percent of the state’s exports, according to a new study by the Dutch Embassy.

Direct foreign investment by and exports to the Netherlands created 18,529 Louisiana jobs, according to “Economic Ties between the USA and the Netherlands: A Partnership that Works.” Louisiana ranked No. 12 in terms of Dutch-related job creation.

Texas was the top beneficiary of Dutch investment. More than 75 Dutch companies, including Shell, have operations there, investing $11.4 billion in 2010. The investments and Texas’ exports to the Netherlands, nearly $6 billion last year, generated 75,653 jobs for the state.

The study was released as part of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s message when visiting President Barack Obama at the White House.

In a news release, Rutte said he sees great potential for future growth and jobs creation as both countries work together.