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Here's What You Need to Export Goods Globally

eCertify Greater Des Moines Partnership

April 16, 2018

Greater Des Moines’ (DSM’s) footprint and impact is increasingly global. Through agriculture, financial services and manufacturing, DSM is helping to feed and provide first class products and services to the world.

Outside of the U.S. lies 75 percent of the world’s purchasing power and 95 percent of the world’s consumers. We recently launched Global DSM — an initiative that establishes DSM as a global community to assist DSM business to tap into that market.

The initiative aims to bolster trade and foreign direct investment and leverage international talent. In collaboration with the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase, The Partnership has established DSM as a global player in foreign direct investments, trade and talent.

Certificates of Origin

One way The Partnership assists the region's exporters is by granting approval of Certificates of Origin for products shipped overseas. This is required by certain countries for tariff purposes, certifying the country of origin of specified goods. In 2012, The Partnership introduced eCertify, an electronic system for processing Certificates of Origin. The industry leading platform transforms the costly, time-consuming paper-based process for stamping and signing of Certificates of Origin into a streamlined electronic system.


A marker of DSM’s continued economic vibrancy and global impact is revealed in the increasing usage of eCertify. In 2017, submissions were up 27 percent over 2016. We now have a total of 52 DSM companies registered with the eCertify program, including exporters and freight forwarders, and have had over 1,700 submissions to date.

Global Impact

The eCertify program assists DSM exporters to reach over 50 different countries including Australia, Brazil, China, India, South Korea, Russia, Germany and the U.K. easing the process to do business in those countries.

By utilizing eCertify, companies eliminate paper-based processes, increase turnaround time, increase record keeping, reduce manual data entry and have a dedicated eCertify Coordinator at The Partnership to assist in the process.

Expanding your market and exporting DSM products globally has never been easier.

Check out how The Partnership can assist you to connect globally. For more information on The Partnership's Certificate of Origin services, take a peek at our eCertify flyer and then create your company profile.

Ryan Carroll

Ryan Carroll is a veteran in the economic development industry with over 15 years of experience. As international trade manager and project manager at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Ryan is responsible for a variety of roles supporting existing industry business retention/expansion and international trade management. He is currently leading the implementation of the Global DSM strategy created by Greater Des Moines (DSM) business, community, education and government leaders as a part of the Brookings Institution's Global Cities Initiative (GCI). Ryan also leads The Partnership's international educational programming efforts in collaboration with public and private sector partners and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Traders of Iowa to promote trade in DSM. As Project Manager on the regional economic development team, Ryan supports the growth of existing companies in DSM by providing consultation in site selection, workforce development and state/local incentive accessibility. He also serves as The Partnership's primary contact for freight movement/optimization and is currently engaged in a project that will bring a rail port to DSM. Prior to joining The Partnership, Ryan worked in the economic development field at both the state and local levels in business recruitment and retention/expansion.