AdvocacyInternational

Overview

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 228 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.

CalChamber International Trade Issues and Priorities

CalChamber Reiterates Trade Priorities for New Administration, Congress, January 24, 2017.

CalChamber Council for International Trade

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

International Activities

Overview

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 california-mexicomission.calchamber.com 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

Awards

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

May
28
Sun
NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition
May 28 – Jun 2 all-day

http://www.nafsa.org/Annual_Conference/Annual_Conference_Expo/

Join peers and experts at the largest gathering in the field of international education to explore the theme for the 2017 NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo, “Expanding Community, Strengthening Connections.”

The conference offers outstanding educational and professional development opportunities and a world class Expo Hall, located in one of the most diverse and innovative cities in United States-Los Angeles, California.

May
31
Wed
CalChamber Council for International Trade – International Forum
May 31 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Topic: Go-Biz Update
Speaker: Panorea Avdis, Director, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

Topic: U.S. Trade Issues
Speaker: Christopher Wenk, Executive Director, International Policy. U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Topic: Trade in the Americas
Speaker: Ambassador Jamal Khokhar, President & CEO, Institute of the Americas

R.S.V.P.

Jun
1
Thu
20th Annual International Business Luncheon
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

https://www.norcalwtc.org/events/2017ibl/
Schedule:

  • 10:00 am – 11:30 am International Networking
  • 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch & International Business Panel
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Exporter Workshop: Nurturing a “China Distinction” for Your Brand

Network Globally.

Lunch Locally.

The International Business Luncheon is a dynamic forum for business leaders and diplomatic representatives to discuss the state of global trade, explore new business opportunities, and recognize the region’s international connections.

Hear from thought leaders in the digital economy about how technology-enabled trade and business tools are revolutionizing global business practices and expanding access to global markets for small to medium businesses.

If you are an exporter, join us immediately after the luncheon for an informed conversation about entering and sustaining business in China’s market.

For two decades, the Northern California World Trade Center has hosted this high-profile luncheon to grow trade by connecting businesses with international market opportunities and to celebrate consuls and trade commissioners from around the world.

 

Jun
18
Sun
SelectUSA Investment Summit 2017
Jun 18 – Jun 20 all-day

http://www.selectusasummit.us/

The Summit’s theme – “Grow with US” – will highlight the innovative business climate in the United States and feature investment opportunities from every corner of the country. Increased networking time will provide new opportunities for a wide range of global investors to engage with state, regional, and local economic developers – all under one roof.

We are lining up a roster of fantastic keynote speakers and panelists who will lay out a clear roadmap of how businesses of any size, and in any industry, can both benefit from and contribute to the U.S. economy – and grow with us.

Jun
29
Thu
5th Annual Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative
Jun 29 – Jun 30 all-day

https://asiasociety.ent.box.com/s/ybafwt8qen95r8bqh8xlzclpsqb21j94

PCSI’s Annual Forum is an event that brings together a cross-sector group of urban practitioners from around the world to share ideas and insights and set the stage for action. Attendees include senior representatives from government, the private sector, NGOs, foundations, and more.

Sponsorship opportunities available.

More International Events

Recent News

 

 

News and Publications

2017 California Export Guide

Resources

International Contacts

Councils

Coalitions

Contact

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