International Business

Live Large Among Our Giants

We’re home to more than 46,000 businesses1, including four Fortune 500 and four Fortune 1000 headquarters2.

International Trade in Nebraska and Iowa Sustains Over 710,000 Jobs and Creates More Than #30 Billion in Imports and Exports.3

Top Industries

  • Agribusiness
  • Financial Services
  • Logistics/Warehousing
  • Food Products
  • Life Science

 

They Come Here for Better. We are.

Attracting companies and individuals from around the globe –

 

Start in the Middle – and Radiate. That’s How We Change our World.

Our region provides an ideal central location for companies to reach their customers quickly and efficiently.

9.2 Million People Live Within 250 Miles with Average Earnings Approaching $200 Billion4

Eppley Airfield offers over 88 departures for domestic and international travel, including non-stop travel to 34 cities5.

We enjoy immediate proximity to Interstates 29 and 80 – making it possible to reach the majority of U.S. destinations within two to three days by truck.

Barge traffic can navigate on the Missouri River 10 months out of the year (March – Nov.).

We’re a major rail center served by Union Pacific Railroad, Canadian National Railway Company and Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

 

Foreign Trade Zones

Access to our two foreign-trade zones (19 and 59) assists importers and encourages efficient international trade by reducing, deferring or even eliminating duties on goods.

 

Increasing Exports

This region is growing places. Over the past 10 years, exports in Greater Omaha have increased by $1.9 billion, growing an average of 0.9 percent each year. In 2017, the Omaha MSA exports totaled 3.8 billion.6

Top Trading Partners in Nebraska & Iowa7

Exports

Imports

Canada

Canada

Mexico

China

Japan

Mexico

China

Germany

South Korea

Japan

Australia

India

Germany

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Switzerland

Hong Kong

Italy

Netherlands

France

 

We Value Where You’re From – and Where You’re Going

With highly-valued relationships around the world, we are connected with the global business community, economic development and government organizations as well as our six Sister Cities:

  1. Yantai, China
  2. Braunschweig, Germany
  3. Shizuoka, Japan
  4. Naas, Ireland
  5. Siauliai, Lithuania
  6. Xalapa, Mexico
Certificates of Origin

Attention exporters – the Greater Omaha Chamber is partnering with eCertify to streamline the way Certificates of Origin are processed. Effective March 1, 2015 we’re converting our existing paper-based process to an online system. This will translate into cost savings and efficiency gains for you.

With eCertify, you will:

  • Eliminate courier costs
  • Reduce administration costs
  • Reduce errors
  • Improve turnaround time
  • Receive prompt notification of acceptance or rejection

Apply for e-certification.

Currently have a log in or an account? Log in here.

The new fee schedule for Certificates of Origin services:
$20/certificate for the first 100 shipments and $10/certificate for 101+ shipments for members, $75/shipment for nonmembers.

Exceed Your Boundaries and Flourish

We are a Region Built to Grow Business.

Greater Omaha’s labor force totals more than 790,000 people within a 60-minute commute from the metro’s epicenter8. We boast a motivated and high-quality available workforce and lower than average labor costs.

Education9

Adults 25+ Graduated from High School Greater

Omaha: 91.1%
National: 87.3%

Adults 25+ with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Greater Omaha: 34.5%
National: 30.9%

Our stable tax structure – for both businesses and individuals – utilizes targeted business tax incentive programs and exemptions at low tax rates.

 

Top States for Business10

Nebraska: #5
Iowa: #13

Utilities

Rates for commercial and industrial users are 21.3 and 14.7 percent below the national average.11

OPPD will be 51 percent renewable by 2020 12

Favorable Climate

  • Abundant water
  • Low risk for natural disaster

Tax Incentives

Our incentive and training programs are available to businesses of all sizes.

 

Flourish Explore, Toast and Live Large with Us

Greater Omaha’s Cost of Living is 5.0% Below the National Average13

We are a cultural hub, drawing creative and talented people from all over the globe. World-class museums, Broadway-caliber productions, dance companies and renowned symphonies are just a few of the dynamic offerings our community embraces.

Dine in some of the finest restaurants in the U.S. with cuisines ranging from Laotian to classic Midwest steakhouses frequented by our own Warren Buffett.

Affordable housing, great schools and universities, and innovative hospitals and medical centers encompass all of the indispensable elements you and your family need to flourish.

  1. Infogroup, 2019
  2. Fortune 500, 2019
  3. Business Roundtable, “Benefits of Trade Data”, 2019
  4. StatsAmerica, “Big Radius Tool”, 2018
  5. Omaha Airport Authority, 2018
  6. S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, “MSA 2017 (Full Year) Exports”
  7. S. Census Bureau, USA Trade Online, “State Import and Export Data (Quick Reports)”, 2018
  8. JobsEQ (data derived from ACS 2013-2017)
  9. S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, “Table S1501: Educational Attainment”
  10. Forbes, “Best States for Business”, 2018
  11. S. Energy Administration, 2017 Average Retail Price of Electricity.
  12. Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), 2017
  13. Council for Community and Economic Research, Cost of Living Index: 2018 Annual Average
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