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.

2017 NAFTA Negotiations

On June 12, 2017 the California Chamber of Commerce submitted comments on “Negotiating Objectives Regarding Modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico” to the U.S. Trade Representative – with a copy to the California Congressional Delegation. The full text of the CalChamber’s submission can be found here.

CalChamber May 31 International Events

Featured speakers at the May 31, 2017 International Forum presented by the CalChamber Council for International Trade.
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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


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

Brazil Market Briefing & Mixer
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Following the briefing, there will be a Q&A session and networking. Brazilian appetizers and drinks will be served, courtesy of our generous event host, the Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange

Featured Speaker: Geoffrey Bogart, Principal Commercial Officer, U.S. Consulate, Recife, Brazil.

Geoffrey assumed his duties as Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Recife, Brazil in 2016. Recife covers a vast commercial area comprising the northeastern sector of the country which holds great promise for U.S. businesses, particularly in health care and renewable energy.

Geoffrey will address Brazil market opportunities and sector prospects, including tips for success and best practices he has seen (as well as worst practices too). Geoffrey may also share insight into opportunities in Jordan, Mexico and Colombia, where he previously served as a Commercial Officer.

Following the briefing, there will be a Q&A session and networking. Brazilian appetizers and drinks will be served, courtesy of our generous event host, the Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange

International Business Roundtable: Finding Quality Logistics Providers
Aug 17 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

California exporters and importers are invited to join the Northern California World Trade Center for a presentation and discussion with guest speaker John Zincani of Kuehne + Nagel on strategies for finding logistics providers.

The program is presented in partnership with the City of Roseville, and supported by Advantage Roseville and PASCO scientific. The event includes lunch, a brief presentation, and discussion with exporter/importer executives, followed by a speed-networking session with logistics providers.

This roundtable will deep-dive into strategies for sourcing and vetting quality service providers, including freight forwarders and customs brokers. The conversation will also cover FTAs and export compliance, depending on attendees’ individual questions and needs.

Guest Speaker: John Zincani, Managing Director – Trade Consulting Solutions, Kuehne + Nagel

John Zincani, a trade attorney and customs broker, practiced customs law with the international trade law firm of Barnes, Richardson & Colburn since 1997. He joined Kuehne + Nagel’s trade consulting services group in 2002, during which term he also served for four years as Corporate Counsel. As an associate attorney, John worked on a wide array of customs and regulatory matters ranging from simple ruling requests to full audits of importers. John’s principal areas of expertise cover classification, valuation, compliance reviews, trade preference programs, protests, ruling requests, import/export security, and tariff engineering. John has also worked with the Italian law firm of DeCapoa, Guiducci e Associati, and is fluent in Italian. He holds his B.A. in Political Science, as well as his Ph.D. in Italian Literature from New York University, and graduated from Benjamin Cardozo School of law in New York City.

Who Should Attend?

This conversation is designed for the participation of CEOs, operations execs, and international sales directors and managers of exporting/importing companies. The program is an opportunity to network and exchange international business best practices with other exporter executives across industries while learning from a subject-matter expert.

2017 US Business Day
Aug 29 all-day

Featuring a buyer/ seller program

In helping potential businesses from the U.S. tap into Taiwan’s global supply chain support, and vice versa, the MOEA and the TAITRA hosted the first U.S. Business Day in Taipei in 2012. It also provides reimbursement to qualified buyers and sellers for travel expenses incurred during their procurement visits in Taiwan to encourage U.S. buyers and sellers to do business with Taiwan.

The program was implemented as Boston Consulting Group survey in April 2012 found more than one-third of U.S.-based manufacturing executives planned or considered to re-shore production to the United States. Since President Trump took office in January 2017, the Trump administration has pushed to keep manufacturing in the United States, striving to “Make America Great Again”. The best partner in assisting U.S. companies to achieve this goal is Taiwan, as an integral part of the world’s supply chain network, Taiwan’s clusters have formed a solid foundation to provide value-added production with efficient and flexible services.

On the invitations of the MOEA and the TAITRA, 13 and 5 sellers took part in 2016 event. The incentives provided included free accommodation, customized one-on-one meetings organized by TAITRA, etc. This event will be held in Taipei for the sixth time this year hoping to strengthen the bilateral trade between Taiwan and the U.S.

MWC Americas 2017 San Francisco
Sep 12 – Sep 14 all-day

In 2017 and beyond, CTIA Super Mobility Week will become GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas, in partnership with CTIA. MWC Americas will be the premier mobile industry event for the Americas, with representation from North, Central and South America.

Mobile World Congress Americas will consist of a conference program featuring C-level speakers and leading industry experts, the industry’s biggest names, with a focus on complementing mobile operators with broad communications ecosystem leaders. The Mobile World Congress Americas will also feature an exhibition showcasing cutting-edge mobile technologies, products and services that will showcase industry-leading exhibitors with a strong focus on Silicon Valley, innovation, gaming and virtual reality. With a regulatory and public policy program, partner events and free seminar, MWC Americas 2017 will build on the successful CTIA policy education sessions and the GSMA ministerial programs to drive global policy discussion and debate.

Perumin – Extemin: Peru Mining Show
Sep 18 – Sep 22 all-day

Exhibit at the most Important mining event in Latin America!

Booth space and Catalog show available at the IMPACT Project Booth

  • Peru is a mining country and is growing at 3.5% annually!
  • PERUMIN has 1600 exhibitors, and 100,000 visitors that range from dealers and distributors to producers.
  • Meet international clients from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Spain, United States, South Africa and UK

What you get when you exhibit with the IMPACT Project:

  • Exhibit space and Banner display booth at a subsidized cost.
  • Customized Exhibit Display with your name, tagline, photo and logo, all in Spanish.
  • Interpreter services available
  • Briefing by U.S. Embassy in Peru
  • Free Spanish Translation of up to 4 pages of marketing brochure.
  • Catalogue show option is available.
  • Apply for Travel grants available through SBA’s STEP grants at your State. Visit

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