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
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.
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.
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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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
- Trade Works for US
- U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB)
- USA * Engage
- Waterfront Coalition
- Western Hemisphere Task Force
Vice President, International Affairs