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Exporting to Expand Sales

Iowa’s International Trade Office

Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) International Trade Office assists Iowa companies in becoming more innovative, competitive and profitable in today’s marketplace.


Explore Educational & Technical Assistance Resources

Find out who to contact in the International Trade Office and discover Iowa’s five international Foreign Offices.

Learn how to receive one to one export counseling or on-site training and see more learning opportunities in the Iowa export training calendar.  You can also find events in our IASourceLink business calendar by selecting the Import/Export filter.

Marketing Assistance

The network of representatives and global offices offer a variety of export marketing assistance including individualized market research, international trade shows and trade missions as a cost effective way for Iowa companies to enter into new markets and expand their visibility in existing markets.  International buyers groups also bring the market to you.  Check out upcoming trade programs in the International Trade Programs Calendar.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance for Iowa companies entering or expanding into international markets is available. The Export Trade Assistance Program (ETAP) provides reimbursement for eligible direct expenses related to a qualified trade show/mission taking place outside the U.S.  

Directories and Newsletters

Iowa companies who export or are interested in exporting are promoted worldwide through the Iowa Directory of Exporters.  Iowa companies providing export services are contained in the International Services Directory.

International Trade for Iowa Companies

Other Resources

The International Trade Office offers the International Service Directory as a resource for exporters in locating Iowa service providers to support international sales.  For a comprehensive list of exporter resources from industries, markets, and documentation to procurement, trade agreements and more, download the Trade Resources guide. The Iowa Small Business Development Centers International Trade Office also provide no charge assistance to Iowa firms looking to expand their international sales.  The U.S. Commercial Service in Iowa is a federal government agency helping companies succeed in exporting. The Des Moines office, serving businesses across Iowa, is part of a global network of trade professionals. Their in-depth industry and tradecraft knowledge coupled with an array of exporting services allows them to specialize in providing customized international business solutions.

Still unsure where to start?

Contact our Iowa Business Concierge to get looped in to the right program or person to help you learn how to start (or expand) your business export sales.  Remember that Iowa represents less than 1% of your total available market.  In today's world, it's easier now more than ever to grow you business overseas!