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Connect Globally: Trade, Investment and Talent

Having already achieved dynamic economic development success in the domestic market, Greater Des Moines (DSM) is increasing that development on a global scale by attracting foreign investors and maintaining investors currently in the region.

In collaboration with the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase, The Partnership and Global Cities Initiative have launched Global DSM — an initiative that establishes Des Moines as a global community through bolstering trade and foreign direct investment and leveraging international talent. Through this plan, Des Moines seeks to grow exports and foreign direct investment, build the region’s economic competitive advantage and strengthen the global mindset of the region. 

In addition to the strategic plan, Des Moines has a number of legacy global business resources for current and future investors. For more information, contact Ryan Carroll, Project Manager and International Trade Manager for Economic Development.

Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ)

The Partnership manages Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) #107, which is conveniently located on Interstates 80 and 35, about 14 miles from the Des Moines International Airport. The FTZ allows certain types of merchandise to be imported, repackaged and assembled with other components, then exported without having to go through formal customs entry procedures or incurring import duties. The Partnership helps Iowa companies establish on-site FTZ sub zones. 

For more information about FTZ, view the following links:

Certificates of Origin

The Partnership assists the region's exporters with obtaining a Certificate of Origin. A Certificate of Origin is a document that is required by certain foreign countries for tariff purposes, certifying the country of origin of specified goods. A Certificate of Origin is usually prepared by the exporter or freight forwarder, notarized and attested to by a local Chamber of Commerce. eCertify is The Partnership's electronic system for processing a Certificates of Origin. To get started with eCertify, create a user profile for your company. Companies with existing profiles in eCertify can get started here.

For more information on The Partnership's Certificate of Origin services, contact Pam Bull or view the following links: 

What is eCertify and how can it help you export?

Des Moines International AirportPort of Entry

The Des Moines International Airport (DSM) serves as a Port of Entry. As a Port of Entry, DSM has on-site U.S. Customs and U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors. A new customs facility has recently been completed for the convenience of shippers and travelers.

Greater Des Moines Sister City Commission

The Des Moines Sister City Commission initiates business, cultural, educational and social exchanges between our citizens and those of our sister cities. For more information, visit the Des Moines Sister City Commission website. 

Trade Assistance Resources