California is one of the 10 largest economies in the world with a gross state product (GSP) of more than $2 trillion. International-related commerce (including exports and imports of goods and services, plus investments) accounts for approximately one-quarter of the state’s economy. Although trade is a nationally determined policy issue, its impact on California is immense. California exports to 229 foreign markets.

The California Chamber supports expansion of international trade and investment, fair and equitable market access for California products abroad, and elimination of disincentives that impede the international competitiveness of California business.

International Trade Business Issue

Trade is Good for America: U.S. Presidents Weigh In
“Expanding trade, including through trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is good for U.S. businesses of all sizes, good for the U.S. economy and good for U.S. jobs.”
Trade Benefits America, July 22, 2016

CalChamber International Trade Issues and Priorities

Highlighting its international trade priorities, CalChamber supports renewing the President’s authority to negotiate trade agreements and pending agreements with Pacific nations and the European Union.

CalChamber Council for International Trade

CalChamber Council for International Trade hosts trade events, forums, and guests.

International Activities


Looking Out for Business

Through our lobbying team and committees, we monitor state and federal legislative issues, as well as multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations on behalf of Californians doing business abroad.

Making Connections

We work as a clearinghouse of information for international trade. We encourage our members to share their international expertise, while also bridging the gap between government agencies and private companies, here and abroad.

Getting Involved

We give you as many chances as possible to grow your international business. Each year, we sponsor/co-sponsor trade and investment missions, educational programs and conferences, as well as trade and catalog shows.

Cuba Policy Trip

CalChamber Joins World Affairs Council on Cuba Policy Trip – April 2015

cuba-300-200This nation-wide 20-member delegation met with high-ranking government officials, chatted with entrepreneurs in the emerging Cuban private sector, enjoyed the work of professional artists and musicians, heard from renowned historians and convened with diplomats and economists.

Cuba Policy Trip Blog

Trade Missions

CalChamber delegations have participated in the state’s trade and investment missions. Members and CalChamber officials often participate in trade events such as International Expos and the World Economic Forum. Board members and officials have accompanied four California Governors to various worldwide destinations, including Mexico City to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA.)

Gubernatorial Trade Mission to Mexico – July 2014

MOU signing at Casa de CaliforniaVisit to learn more about this successful trade and investment mission led by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., organized by the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Foundation for Commerce and Education, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with CalChamber.

Along with senior members of his administration and business delegates, Governor Brown traveled to Mexico City, the political capital and financial center of Mexico.

Gubernatorial Trade Mission to China – April 2013

CalChamber President/CEO Allan Zaremberg and Governor BrownThe delegation traveled throughout China and attended the opening of the California Trade and Investment Office in Shanghai, California’s first official permanent presence in China in nearly a decade. With more investment deals from China than any other state, California is positioned to capture China’s growing foreign investment. Trade Mission Blog

Past Trade Missions


CalChamber Receives President’s Export Award

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke (right) presented the award to CalChamber Vice President of International Affairs Susanne Stirling in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke (right) presents the award to CalChamber Vice President of International Affairs Susanne Stirling in Washington, D.C.

President's Export Award LogoThe California Chamber of Commerce received the prestigious President’s “Excellence for Export Service Award,” the nation’s highest award to honor United States exporters.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Locke said that those honored at the November 2009 ceremony have “shown the foresight and ability to grow and prosper through a strong export strategy. Exporting U.S. manufactured goods and services plays an important role in rebuilding the American economy and creating jobs at home. With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside our borders, there is great potential to boost economic growth and create new jobs in America through exporting. Alert Article


CalChamber Receives Korean Presidential Citation

Consul General Jeong Gwan Lee (left) and Consul Kwang Ho Lee (right) of the Korean Consulate General in San Francisco present the Korean Presidential Citation to Susanne Stirling.

Consul General Jeong Gwan Lee (left) and Consul Kwang Ho Lee (right) of the Korean Consulate General in San Francisco present the Korean Presidential Citation to Susanne Stirling.

On December 6, 2012, the California Chamber of Commerce received the prestigious Presidential Citation from the government of the Republic of Korea for promoting U.S.-Korea trade and commercial relations, and specifically for contributing to the passage of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

The CalChamber was an early supporter of the U.S.-Korea FTA, the culmination of a five-year process from negotiations, to passage and implementation.

International Events

California-China Clean Tech Trade Mission
Oct 26 – Nov 5 all-day

Join the California Governor’s Office of Business Development (GO-Biz) and the California Energy Commission for the California – China Clean Tech Trade Mission.

Join a Delegation of Business Owners led by High Ranking California Officials:

  • Panorea Avdis
    Director, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
  • Robert B. Weisenmiller
    Chair, California Energy Commission

Inviting businesses from the Clean Tech Sector to participate:

  • Generating and storing renewable energy
  • EV and FCEV Companies
  • Energy efficient product manufacturing, distribution, construction, installation and maintenance
  • Natural and sustainable product manufacturing
  • Insulation technology, renewable material adoption
  • Recycling existing materials
K-Global 2016
Nov 2 – Nov 3 all-day

The biggest annual conference held in California related to Korean IT technologies.
Samsung, LG and many Korean IT companies will be there to show their cutting-edge technologies.

This year’s theme is 4th industrial revolution and the conference will cover many hot & interesting subjects such as VR/AR, AI, Autonomous Vehicle, etc.

CalChamber members can receive free tickets. When registering, use code  kglobalcal16

Exporting Best Practices
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Curious about the advantages and risks associated with exporting? Need more information to take your next step in the international marketplace? Is your company ready to export? Have questions about exporting your product or services? Then this workshop is for you! It will cover all this and more during its single day session. Companies and/or individuals who want to know if exporting is a viable expansion option for their product line. Also, for many participants who are looking for new career opportunities, this workshop is the first step in developing the fundamental skill set.

Tunisia 2020 International Conference
Nov 29 – Nov 30 all-day


Led by the Ministry of development, investment and international cooperation, the conference will bring Tunisian top Industry captains, young innovators with international funds, sovereign funds, infrastructure investors, large corporations and SMEs.

Highest level political support: several heads of state and government have already confirmed. Support of international community: US level official delegation and so are EU countries and the International Institutions (World Bank, EBRD,..)

A program will be tailored to each investor, and a handholding tiger team will be available for follow on visits and post conference support (these services are worth thousands of dollars). More than 100 shovel ready projects to be presented for a total investment of 10 billion dollars.

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Susanne-Stirling-2012-300x300Susanne Stirling
Vice President, International Affairs