International Business

Live Large Among Our Giants

We’re home to more than 45,000 businesses, including four Fortune 500 and five Fortune 1000 headquarters.

International Trade in Nebraska and Iowa Sustains Over 745,000 Jobs and Creates More Than #35 Billion in Imports and Exports.1

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.

9.1 Million People Live Within 250 Miles with Average Earnings Approaching $200 Billion

Eppley Airfield offers over 70 departures for domestic and international travel, including non-stop travel to 28 cities.

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 $2.1 billion, growing an average of 1.1 percent each year. In 2016, the Omaha MSA exports totaled 3.5 billion.2

Exports Imports
Canada Canada
Mexico China
Japan Mexico
China Germany
South Korea Japan
Australia United Kingdom
Germany India
Hong Kong Italy
United Kingdom Switzerland
France 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 777,000 people within a 60-minute commute from the metro’s epicenter. We boast a motivated and high-quality available workforce and lower than average labor costs.

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

Top States for Business

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Utilities

Rates for commercial and industrial users are 20.6 and 15 percent below the national average.5

OPPD will be 51 percent renewable by 2020 6

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 7.9% Below the National Aveage

National Average

Greater Omaha

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.7

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. Source: Business Round Table, 2015 ↩
  2. Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, 2016 ↩
  3. Source: JobsEQ (data derived from U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-2016 American Community Survey) ↩
  4. Source: Forbes, 2017 ↩
  5. Source: U.S. Energy Administration, 2016 ↩
  6. Source: Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), 2017 ↩
  7. Source: Council for Community and Economic Research, 2017 Annual Average ↩
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