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Impact of Tariffs: A new analysis by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce outlines the state-by-state impact of retaliatory tariffs from China, the European Union, Mexico, and Canada, which have been imposed in response to new U.S. tariffs on imported goods.Send a message to Congress.

$5.6 Billion in California Exports Target in Trade Retaliation CalChamber, July 3, 2018

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 over 225 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.

2018 NAFTA Negotiations

On May 15, 2018, the California Chamber of Commerce commented again to members of the California Congressional Delegation on the North American Free Trade Agreement, urging Congress to approve a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) quickly in the face of multiple deadlines for adoption of a modernized and rebalanced pact. Top Story – Read Letter – Take Action

Urge President Trump Not to Finalize Stand-Alone Steel/Aluminum Tariff
Commentary by Susanne Stirling

International Forum: California Continues to Blaze Trail in Trade

(May 29, 2018) U.S. and California politics and trade priorities, global connections and the importance of exports were the topics discussed by an international trade expert, a veteran political columnist and an economist at the recent international forum presented by the California Chamber of Commerce.The May 23 forum, moderated by Susanne T. Stirling, CalChamber vice president of international affairs, brought together nearly 200 attendees, including representatives of the business community, CalChamber Board members, representatives of the California consular corps and foreign economic partners, plus representatives of state, local and federal governments.

CalChamber Support for U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement Reaffirmed

On September 5, 2017, the California Chamber of Commerce reaffirmed support for the U. S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) in a letter sent to members of the Trump Administration, including the Secretary of Commerce and the US Trade Representative. The full text of the CalChamber’s comments can be found here.

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.

Israel Trip Blog - Fall 2017

Recent News

 

News and Publications

2017 California Export Guide

Resources

International Contacts

Councils

Coalitions

International Events

Jul
27
Fri
Export University 2018
Jul 27 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The program is being held in cooperation with Milken NTE and U.S. DOC, DECSC, SBA, EXIM, LACBFFA, LARExC and numerous other agencies. There is no charge (except $10 for parking).

To register please contact:
Helen Mendoza at hmendoza@portla.org
Norman Arikawa at narikawa@portla.org

($10 cost for parking)

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Aug
7
Tue
Latin America & Caribbean Power Technologies for Ports – Reverse Trade Mission
Aug 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

https://ustda.gov/events/2018/latin-america-and-caribbean/latin-america-and-caribbean-power-technologies-ports

USTDA is hosting the Latin America and Caribbean Power Technologies for Ports Reverse Trade Mission. This visit will bring port infrastructure decision-makers from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Panama to the United States to introduce them to U.S. technologies for power generation and storage, electrical systems, and energy management to meet their port infrastructure development goals.

The itinerary for this visit will provide opportunities for U.S. companies to meet with and showcase their solutions to the delegation, as well as learn about upcoming port-related project opportunities in the Latin America and Caribbean region. As part of the itinerary, USTDA will host a business roundtable in San Diego, California on August 7, 2018.

This visit is being organized by Trade Center Management Associates (TCMA).

Aug
13
Mon
Brazil Passenger Rail Technologies – Reverse Trade Mission
Aug 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) (www.ustda.gov) will sponsor a Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) to the United States for a Delegation of senior Brazilian Passenger Railway sector officials from August 5 – 15 to Washington, D.C. and the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

On Monday, August 13 in San Francisco, CA, USTDA will host a one-day Business Briefing for U.S. railway-related companies to be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 345 Stockton and Union Square (36th Floor) from 9.00 a.m. (Registration) – 4.30 p.m. There is no charge for attendance.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED — SAVE YOUR SEAT TODAY!

CONTACT INFORMATION: Koeppen, Elliott & Associates, Ltd. (KEA) (www.kealtd.com) is organizing this Business Briefing on behalf of USTDA. For further information regarding registration and/or to schedule a one-on-one meeting with the delegates, please contact KEA by by email at davidelliott@kealtd.com; by text or phone at 757-342-2149.

Aug
14
Tue
Hong Kong Food Expo
Aug 14 – Aug 20 all-day

Why Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is the second largest export market for California Food & Agriculture, totaling over $3.5 billion. Because Hong Kong is one of the leading trading hubs in Asia, the Hong Kong Food Expo attracts buyers from all over Asia and South-East Asia, the fastest growing and largest regional market for California consumer goods and food products. In addition, Hong Kong’s sophisticated transportation infrastructure system provides perfect opportunity for U.S. businesses to connect with other Asian markets.

 

Hong Kong Trade Mission Flyer PDF

Aug
21
Tue
Vehicle Aftermarket Trade Mission to Chile
Aug 21 – Aug 22 all-day

http://www.autocare.org/Secondary.aspx?id=3192&gmssopc=1#CHILE

Why Chile?

  • Chile is stable, prosperous and consistently ranks high on international indices relating to economic freedom, transparency and competitiveness.
  • Macroeconomic stability and growing integration with international capital markets has earned Chile an A+ credit rating, the highest in Latin America.
  • Under the United States – Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA), 100 percent of U.S. consumer and industrial goods exports to the region are no longer subject to tariffs.
  • U.S. brands are the top sellers for heavy vehicles. Best prospects include but are not limited to: engine kits, differential gears, clutches, rings, accessories, lights, pneumatic suspension systems, batteries, filters, oil, joints, rods and fifth wheels.
  • In the market for light vehicles, the best prospects include but are not limited to: engine components, clutches, mufflers, tires, catalytic converters, lights, gearboxes, air filters, brake components and windshields.

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Staff Contact

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