AdvocacyInternational

Overview

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

Overview

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 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

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

Awards

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

May
1
Sun
Milken Institute Global Conference
May 1 – May 4 all-day

http://www.cvent.com/events/2016-milken-institute-global-conference/event-summary-73f993e895124f288677419562c57300.aspx

The Global Conference convenes some of the world’s most extraordinary people to explore solutions to today’s most pressing challenges in financial markets, industry sectors, health, government and education. Where others see problems, we seek solutions.

May
3
Tue
World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast
May 3 @ 7:15 am – 10:30 am

http://events.lachamber.com/sbaweb/events/events.asp?&id=76086&wpid=-101&cale_id=6424&details=true&newsession=TRUE&sid=976067818

For 90 years, World Trade Week has been the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country.

Join more than 600 executives and members of the diplomatic corps to commence a month-long celebration of world trade in Southern California.

Featuring Alan F. Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios

 

Exporting Best Practices Workshop
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

http://fresnocitd.org/export-programs/export-training/exporting-best-practices

Need more information to take your next step in the international marketplace? Have questions about exporting your product or services? Then this workshop is for you! It will cover all this and more during its single day session.

CalChamber International Luncheon Forum
May 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Topic: Mexico’s Energy Reform and Investment Opportunities

Speakers:
Mtro. Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez
Deputy Secretary for Energy Planning and Transition
Ministry of Energy / Secretaría de Energía, SENER

Ing. Marcos Valenzuela Ortiz
Director of Market Administration
National Center of Energy Control / Centro Nacional de Control de Energia

Blair Swezey 
Senior Director, U.S. Market Development and State Policy
SunPower

RSVP Deadline: Monday, May 2 at noon

May
4
Wed
ExporTech: Developing Strategies for International Markets
May 4 all-day

http://www.nist.gov/exportech/

ExporTech™ is national export assistance program that helps companies enter or expand in global markets. Jointly offered by the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the U.S. Export Assistance Centers of the U.S. Department of Commerce, ExporTech applies a structured export strategy development process that assists 4-8 companies to accelerate growth. It is the only national program where each company develops a written export plan, that is vetted by a panel of experts upon completion. ExporTech efficiently connects companies with a wide range of world-class experts that help navigate the export sales process. The result is that companies rapidly expand global sales and save countless hours of effort.

Three-session program:

May 4  | June 7 | July 12

Solano Economic Development Corporation
360 Campus Lane
Fairfield, CA

More International Events

Recent News

 

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

News and Publications

Resources

International Contacts

Councils

Coalitions

Contact

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