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.
The Northern California World Trade Center is hosting a trade mission from Ghana, Africa. Visiting executives are interested in business-to-business meetings with American businesses in a variety of fields to explore potential business opportunities and network. Brief meetings will take place throughout the day.
Interested American companies are invited to RSVP (RSVP required) to the NorCalWTC at the email address above.
Sectors/Industries of Interest
• Construction machinery companies
• Engineering and construction companies
• Construction parts companies (i.e. producing pipes, gaskets, bolts, elbows)
• Road construction companies
• Oil Exploration Companies
• Gas Companies specializing in pipe laying and pipe integrity testing
• Companies producing energy saving products
• Renewable energy engineering companies
• Farming and farming equipment companies
• Agricultural machine parts companies
• Agricultural mechanization companies
• Event managers/agents
• Event equipment producers/distributors
• Companies that offer Health Training (international services)
• Banks and financial institutions
Available meeting time slots include 30-minute to 1-hour segments between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. This is free for American businesses to attend.
Join us for our Mexican Geothermal Opportunities Workshop in La Jolla California, as well as a unique site visit on April 5 to the Cerro Prieto Geothermal plant in Mexicali.
Mexico’s geothermal sector is poised for growth with a new regulatory and investment framework now in place. The new structure will greatly aid with permitting for site studies and a concession system for exploration and development of geothermal resources.
The Institute of the Americas (IOA) in collaboration with the US Department of Energy (DOE), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the US Commercial Service, Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (SENER) and the Federal Electric Commission (CFE), will provide an outlook and insights on Mexico’s geothermal sector, as well as presentation of a recent NREL report: “Mexican Geothermal Market Assessment Report”.
The April 5 site visit to Cerro Prieto is optional and will take place in addition to the workshop. Cerro Prieto is one of the largest of its kind in the world and counts installed capacity of roughly 820MW. The first powerhouse units were commissioned in 1973 and most recent increases to its output were completed in 2009. It is an excellent example of Mexico’s geothermal energy potential, how projects have been developed over the last several years, and how CFE manages and operates geothermal projects.
Trade Connect Export Workshops cover the fundamentals of exporting, including costs, risks and steps. In cooperation with other agencies and professional associations, this introductory program presents a summary of services which also includes the basics of the commercial transaction, finding overseas markets, trade financing, documentation and logistics.
Who should attend: All those interested in learning about the export process, including Manufacturers, Suppliers, Intermediaries, Service Providers prospective new exporters and entrepreneurs Export ready companies looking to expand their international business operations
6 Week Training – Mondays (April 17 – May 22, 2017)
Join us for an export compliance practitioner’s course, which walks participants through all aspects of export compliance. This hands on workshop covers the nuts and bolts of exporting, including jurisdiction and classification, obtaining and managing authorizations, due diligence, technical information and the provision of services, choosing and using consultants and third parties, identifying and dealing with violations, and managing in house compliance. Whether you are new to your role of dealing with export compliance at your company or need a refresher, this course will teach you the basics and keep you up to date on the latest in export compliance.
Indo American Chamber invites you to our Startup Showcase Series 2017. Come join the Chamber to support and celebrate the progress of our Indo-American community.
Registration $15 – Dinner served.
News and Publications
- Trading Partner Portals
- Trade Statistics
- Foreign Direct Investment
- Consular Corps Information Packet
- more …
- 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
- more …
- 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