Trading Partner Portal: China


Trade Overview

According to the U.S. State Department, China has been one of the world’s fastest growing economies over the past several years, and its efforts to reform and modernize have helped transform China into a large trading economy.

U.S.-China trade has risen rapidly over the past several decades. Total trade in goods between the two nations has increased from $4.8 billion in 1980 to $598.1 billion in 2015. U.S. exports to China in 2015 were approximately $116.2 billion.

Top California Export MarketsIn 2015, China continued as California’s 3rd largest export destination, with approximately $14.4 billion in exports. Computer and electronic products accounted for 33.9 percent of exports, totaling $4.9 billion.  Non-electrical machinery brought in $1.9 billion, accounting for 13.4 percent, while waste and scrap brought in approximately $1.7 billion, accounting for approximately 11.5 percent of the total. Chemicals brought in $1.1 billion, or 7.9 percent.  U.S. Dept. of Commerce

According to a report​ by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute in January 2014, “China became California’s number one source of international visitors in 2012, when an estimated  677,000 Chinese tourists spent almost $2 billion in the state.”​​​ The report also noted that China is the no. 2 ranked country for Bay Area businesses abroad, with 795 Bay Area affliliates there.

Characteristics of travellers from China to California – 2013​
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Read more about the importance of U.S.-China Trade Relations

Report: China Trade with LA County​ – Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, June 5, 2014
HIGH TE​CH: The Next Wave of Chinese Investment in America – Asia Society, April 2014
New Realities in the US-China Investment Relationship – U.S. Chamber of Commerce, April 2014
US Census Bureau Trade in Goods – China
WTO Trade Profile – China
WTO Trade Policy Review – China
Successful UCLA Course hosted by California Center in Shanghai, China
California Center hosted a special education training course for UCLA Extension in the iconic Shanghai World Financial Center in the heart of city’s financial center.
California Center, April 2016

​TTB Publishes Guidance for New ‘Consolidated’ Wine Export Certificate (U.S. to China)​
Beginning March 1, 2014, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will accept a one-page Wine Export Certificate (consolidated certificate) from U.S. industry members for U.S. wine products exported from the United States.This consolidated certificate is a multi-purpose document, which can be used as a certificate of origin, certificate of health/sanitation, and certificate of authenticity/free sale.”For some time the PRC required U.S. wine exporters to file several certificates as a condition of entry,” John Lom, TTB’s International Trade Division Director stated. “The one-page, consolidated certificate will replace the number of certificates that have to be filed currently to export wine to China.”TTB Publishes Instructions for ‘Consolidated’ Wine Export Certificate (U.S. to China)On December 17, TTB published a guidance document with instructions for how to use the consolidated Wine Export Certificate when exporting U.S. wine products from the United States to the PRC.Read the guidance document, General Instructions for​ the ‘Wine Export Certificate’ for U.S. Wine Products Exported from the United States to the People’s Republic of China​The guidance document also includes a link to download a template of the Consolidated Certificate, a section listing specific instructions for filling out the certificate, and contact information if you have questions about the certificate.

Ties That Bind, 2014 Edition: The San Francisco Bay Area’s Economic Links to Greater China​
Full Report
Executive Summary
Bay Area Council Economic Institute, January 2014

Chinese Direct Investment in California
The Rhodium Group estimates that Chinese firms now employ 27,000 people in the U.S., up from fewer than 10,000 five years ago.
Asia Society, October 2012

Oct 2, 2012U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a new report on China’s investment approval process for inbound foreign direct investment titled China’s Approval Process for Inbound Foreign Direct Investment: Impact on Market Access, National Treatment and Transparency. This is the second report the U.S. Chamber has issued since July on the topic of two-way investment.   The first report, Faces of Chinese Investment in the United States, aimed to promote greater Chinese investment into the United States and help demystify the U.S. investment climate for Chinese business leaders interested in the American market.

Governor’s Office Hosts Chinese Delegation Convenes First California-Jiangsu Joint Economic Committee 
May 2012

Trade Missions

Trade Missions

2013 China Trade Mission with Governor Brown

California Chamber of Commerce members joined Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in April 2013 on a eight-day mission to China with a goal to expand trade and investment between California and China by identifying opportunities of mutual benefit.

With more investment deals from China than any other state, California is positioned to capture China’s growing foreign investment.
The delegation traveled throughout China and opened a California Trade and Investment Office in Shanghai. This is California’s first official permanent presence in China in nearly a decade. As ambassadors for California, the delegation took the next step to ensure the state’s leading role in attracting Chinese investment.

CalChamber President/CEO Allan Zaremberg and Governor Brown

CalChamber Trade Mission Blog

Governor Brown Leads Successful Trade/Investment Mission to China, CalChamber Top Story, April 19, 2013

2013 China Trade Mission Information Hub

CalChamber to Join Governor on Trade Mission to China
 CalChamber, April 5, 2013

April 2013 Press Release from Governor’s Office

California to Open New Trade and Investment Offices in China
CalChamber, February 21, 2012



2013 Trade Mission to China
April 8 – 12, 2013




2010 Asia Trade Mission

CalChamber Trade Mission Blog

2010 Trade Mission to Asia
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
September 9 – 15, 2010
Hangzhou ~ Shanghai ~ Tokyo ~ SeoulClick on a city to see the itinerary California Business DelegationCalChamber Joins Governor on Successful Asia Trade Mission
CalChamber, September 21, 2010

2005 China Trade Mission

Strengthening Trade Ties, Building New Opportunities

California Chamber President Allan Zaremberg introduces Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the opening reception for the California-China business and trade mission in Beijing.

CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg joined Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, members of the press and other members of the business delegation six-day trade mission to China to market California agriculture, encourage tourism, discuss intellectual property rights and promote business investment in the state.

“The business and trade mission to mainland China led by Governor Schwarzenegger will serve to strengthen ties and increase economic opportunitiesin the world’s largest marketplace of 1.2billion people,” said Susanne Stirling, vice president of international affairs for the Chamber and member of the business delegation.

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China Round-Table Dinner
On Tuesday, April 5, 2016 the Consul General of China in San Francisco, Ambassador Luo Linquan hosted a friendly “round-table” dinner to promote China-California relations. Mrs. Susanne Stirling, the CalChamber Vice President of International Affairs, attended the dinner together with other business and chamber representatives, and special guest Mayor Ed Lee to discuss the future of U.S.-China economic and business cooperation. 04-05-2016
CalChamber Forum Gets Preview of Topics for U.S.-China Summit
(June 4, 2013) China’s quest to become a global science, technology and innovation leader was the subject of an international forum yesterday hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Council on Science and Technology. Dr. Tai Ming Cheung, director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) at the University of California, San Diego, touched on many topics that will be discussed later this week in Rancho Mirage, California when U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet.

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Dr. Tai Ming Cheung, director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) at the University of California, San Diego.

CalChamber President, Chinese Vice Minister: Foster Strong Ties Between California and China
(July 24, 2012) Fostering business and cultural relationships between the California business community and China was the focus when Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Chao and his delegation gathered at the California Chamber of Commerce International Luncheon Forum yesterday.

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Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Chao (left) and CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg.

Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Chao (left) and CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg.

(December 20, 2012)  Mr. Rongquiang Yu visited with Mrs. Susanne Stirling of the California Chamber of Commerce.

They discussed several China – California trade issues, as well as Mr. Yu’s connections with the Chambers of commerce in Quinghai Province and Shandong Province, China.

From left to right, Mrs. Mary Feng, Mrs. Susanne Stirling, Mr. Rongqiang Yu, Mr. William Cheng

Chinese Delegation Visits CalChamber
(June 20, 2012) A courtesy call was made by the San Francisco Chinese Consulate General on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, to discuss State – Province Cooperation between California and Chinese provinces, as well as, to introduce key members of the Chinese Enterprise Association – California.

Pictured Left to Right are: Mr. Ma Si, Director, New Civic Co. Ltd, Mr. Sam Zhang, Secretary General of China Enterprise Association – California, Mrs. Susanne Stirling, Vice President International Affairs, CalChamber, Mr. Allan Zaremberg, President & CEO, CalChamber, Mr. Xia Xiang, Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, Mr. Ben Chen, President, Chinese Enterprise Association – California, and Mr. Xia Shuguang, Consul, Chinese Consulate General of San Francisco.