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
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.
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.
The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts an interactive question and answer session with the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC). During this virtual meeting with TAC, participants will learn about the trademark registration process and be able to ask questions of experts through our video teleconferencing capability. The Trademark Assistance Center, located in Alexandria, Virginia, provides general information about trademarks.
This event is intended for individuals with a beginning to intermediate level of knowledge of trademarks. To get the most out of this event, we recommend participants view some of the informational videos regarding trademark registration (www.uspto.gov/trademark) before the session and prepare specific questions to ask the experts.
Please bring your own lunch to enjoy during the session. The event is free and open to the public with limited space. Register by July 10.
Join us for the third installment of the Navigating Through the Invention Process: From Idea to Product to Market Series, “Finding the Right Funding.” Crowdfunding, investors, small business loans—this session explores raising the required funding to establish your new venture. More information coming…
More about the Navigating Through the Invention Process: From Idea to Product to Market Series, presented by the Licensing Executives Society Silicon Valley Chapter (link is external) and the California Invention Center (link is external)–Got an idea but don’t know where to start? This series will guide you through turning ideas into new ventures. From researching and protecting your invention to packaging and marketing your product, each course targets steps you should consider for a successful product launch. Series topics include the following:
What is the patentability of my invention and how do I apply for a patent?
How do I evaluate the market value of my invention?
Who are my competitors and what is the size of the market?
Should I consider going into business with my idea?
Should I consider licensing and collecting royalties?
Where do I find funding?
This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please register by July 14.
Join us for a Design Patent Brown Bag Lunch and Learn session in the San Jose office. A supervisory patent examiner will give an overview of the design patent system and answer general design patent questions during a live information session. This session is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who would like to learn more about the patent system and have a beginning to intermediate knowledge of the patent system. This event is free and open to the public. Please bring your own lunch to enjoy during the session, lunch is not provided. Space is limited. Please register by July 17.
Please note that the Silicon Valley USPTO is a federal facility.
Attendees are required to present a valid form of government-issued identification (driver license or passport) and may be subject to screening to gain access.
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.
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