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.

International Trade Business Issue

CalChamber International Trade Issues and Priorities

Highlighting its international trade priorities for 2015, CalChamber supports renewing the President’s authority to negotiate trade agreements and pending agreements with Pacific nations and the European Union.

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

U.S. Government Clean Energy Workshop
Jun 2 @ 8:30 am

The U.S. Government stands ready to support countries throughout the world as we collectively work to advance clean energy globally and demonstrate tangible follow-up actions to COP21. U.S. Government agencies provide a variety of services to support the deployment of renewable energy technologies in international markets. These include matchmaking services, market assessments, project development support, export and investment financing, political risk insurance, and technical assistance and training on policy and regulatory issues. This workshop will bring together experts from the following U.S. Government agencies to discuss their services and answer questions:

•    Department of Commerce
•    Department of Energy
•    Export-Import Bank
•    Overseas Private Investment Corporation
•    U.S. Trade and Development Agency
•    U.S. Agency for International Development

This workshop is taking place in conjunction with the “Startups and Solutions Showcase” at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7). If you are a technology provider, project developer, decision maker or potential partner please join us to hear how together we can advance clean energy globally.

Select LA Investment Summit
Jun 16 – Jun 17 all-day

The World Trade Center Los Angeles has been undergoing a transformation to better assist, attract and grow local and international businesses throughout the region.

We’re excited to announce that the planning of our signature event, SelectLA Investment Summit, is well underway. We sincerely encourage you to save the date as this event will bring together local business leaders and foreign investors for one exceptional conference.

Thursday, June 16 – VIP Reception
Friday, June 17 – 8am – 5pm International Conference




SelectUSA Investment Summit 2016
Jun 19 – Jun 21 all-day
Japan-US Innovation Awards
Jul 22 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

At the Symposium, the Emerging Leader Award will be presented to one dynamically growing, entrepreneurial company from Japan and one from the U.S. Emerging Leader Award winners are companies built around highly successful innovations that are already beginning to demonstrate major impact on current markets or value chains.

In addition, the Program will recognize five exciting Japanese start-up companies as Innovation Showcase companies. Showcase companies are incubating innovations that have the potential to be disruptive and transformational.

Award winners, Innovation Showcase companies and other impressive Symposium participants will be announced beginning in June.

G-20Y Summit
Sep 21 – Sep 25 all-day

The objective of the G-20Y Summit is the preparation by the business community of a set of recommendations relevant not only to itself but also to the larger civil society and of course to national and international policy decision makers.

More International Events

Recent News



Doing Business in Latin America: Ambassador Explains Challenges -CalChamber Alert , March 11, 2016

News and Publications


International Contacts




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