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.
CalChamber International Trade Issues and Priorities
CalChamber Reiterates Trade Priorities for New Administration, Congress, January 24, 2017.
CalChamber Council for International Trade
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.
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.
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
This 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.
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
Visit 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
The 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
CalChamber Receives President’s Export Award
The 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
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.
Six-week training (Mondays)
Whether you are new to your role of dealing with import compliance at your company, or need a refresher, this robust course will teach you the basics and keep you up to date on your responsibilities as an importer. This hands-on practitioner’s course covers the nuts and bolts of importing, including HTS classification, demonstrating reasonable care, Free Trade Agreements, C-TPAT, how to implement your compliance program, and so much more.
Attendees will learn about the processes involved in certifying their products in Brazil. The presenters will offer a general view of the types of certifications and respective agencies overseeing them, as well as step-by-step guidance related to the stages involved in the certification processes. MC will also bring in some real-life examples to present to the audience. This is a great opportunity to learn about overcoming some of the hurdles to enter the growing Brazilian market – without having to travel to Brazil!
UL Consumer and Retail Services is proud to announce that registration for UL’s Global Responsible Sourcing Summit on March 1-2, 2017 in West Hollywood, CA is now available. Join industry leaders as we examine new challenges and new solutions in responsible sourcing.
With a market of over 215 million people, avg. per capita income of US $16,759, an economy exceeding US $3 Trillion and 36% of Latin America GDP, the Pacific Alliance is an excellent platform for joint ventures. It provides new opportunities for entrepreneurship, innovation and investment in many sectors for California businesses.
Trilateral trade within North America is one of the largest economic relationships in the world with over $1 trillion in goods traded annually. In California alone, over 1.6 million jobs depend on trade with Canada and Mexico, and over $100 billion in goods are traded between the two countries and California annually.
Recent rhetoric threatens this important relationship that has been cultivated over 30 years. Is free trade a zero-sum game with winners and losers? What impact has the Trump administration’s protectionist talk had on diplomatic relations with the United States’ closest neighbors?
CalChamber President and Chief Executive Officer Allan Zaremberg is the moderator.
RSVP by March 3.
News and Publications
- Trading Partner Portals
- Trade Statistics
- Foreign Direct Investment
- Consular Corps Information Packet
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- Global Contacts, Organizations and Associations
- Global Resources and Contacts
- Country Contacts in California
- Foreign Consulates in California (A-L)
- Foreign Consulates in California (M-W)
- Binational Chambers of Commerce in California
- U.S. Government
- California State Legislative Pictorial Roster
- California Congressional Delegation Pictorial Roster
- California Government
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- Alliance for Fair Trade with India
- Business Coalition for Transatlantic Trade
- *CalChamber California Coalition for Free Trade*
- Discover America Partnership
- Federation of International Trade Associations
- Trade Benefits America
- U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB)
- USA * Engage
- Waterfront Coalition
- Western Hemisphere Task Force
Vice President, International Affairs