U.S.-Canada Reach NAFTA Agreement Before Deadline, Branding New Pact the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement
CalChamber, October 2, 2018

U.S., Mexico Reach Preliminary Trade Update Agreement
CalChamber, August 28, 2018

Modernizing NAFTA to Be a 21st Century Trade Agreement
U.S. Trade Representative, August 27, 2018

The California Chamber of Commerce looks forward to learning more details of this agreement,
and to a completed trilateral free trade agreement including Canada that allows
for certainty for all parties involved and follows the path of Trade Promotion Authority.

Impact of Tariffs: A new analysis by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce outlines the state-by-state impact of retaliatory tariffs from China, the European Union, Mexico, and Canada, which have been imposed in response to new U.S. tariffs on imported goods.Send a message to Congress.
$5.6 Billion in California Exports Target in Trade Retaliation CalChamber, July 3, 2018


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 over 225 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.

Urge President Trump Not to Finalize Stand-Alone Steel/Aluminum Tariff
Commentary by Susanne Stirling

International Forum: California Continues to Blaze Trail in Trade

(May 29, 2018) U.S. and California politics and trade priorities, global connections and the importance of exports were the topics discussed by an international trade expert, a veteran political columnist and an economist at the recent international forum presented by the California Chamber of Commerce.The May 23 forum, moderated by Susanne T. Stirling, CalChamber vice president of international affairs, brought together nearly 200 attendees, including representatives of the business community, CalChamber Board members, representatives of the California consular corps and foreign economic partners, plus representatives of state, local and federal governments.

USTR, South Korea Publish Modifications and Amendments to KORUS

On September 3rd, 2018 the U.S. Trade Representative released a statement on the outcome of the U.S.-Korea FTA Amendment Negotiations, announcing the original agreement which entered into force in 2012 has been modified to “improve implementation of the trade pact”.  The amendments can be found here.

The California Chamber of Commerce reaffirmed support for the U. S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) in a letter sent to members of the Trump Administration, including the Secretary of Commerce and the US Trade Representative. The full text of the CalChamber’s comments can be found here.

CalChamber International Trade Issues and Priorities

CalChamber Reiterates Trade Priorities for New Administration, Congress, January 24, 2017.

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.

Israel Trip Blog - Fall 2017

Recent News


News and Publications

2017 California Export Guide


International Contacts



International Events

Global SFAsia Roadshow
Nov 26 – Nov 30 all-day

SFAsia is organizing its first Roadshow this November to Seoul and Taipei.

The SFAsia Roadshow will explore the following areas:

  • Resiliency, infrastructure, and cyber-security
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Hallyu (Korean Wave)

The SFAsia Roadshow will provide insights into inbound and outbound investment for the Asian market. Delegates will participate in business forums, network with Asian investors, join site visits and learn about the nuances of doing business in South Korea compared to Taiwan.

To register, please click here:

International Consulate Reception
Nov 29 @ 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm


Join us for the East Bay Economic Development Alliance International Consulate Reception where you will have the opportunity to hear about international trade and investment opportunities, and network with Consuls General & Consulate offices. Extra seating added!

  • 3:30 pm | Doors Open
  • 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | Welcome by Honorable Libby Schaaf Mayor, City of Oakland
    Keynote Address by Deep SenGupta
  • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm | Networking & Reception with Consuls General & Consular Offices

At the reception, take a selfie with Golden State Warriors Steph Curry’s back-to-back MVP Trophies!

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Oakland Convention Center
550 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94607

$50 East Bay EDA Members
$75 Non-Members




ChinaSF Builds 2018
Dec 2 @ 9:00 am – Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm

Dates and Venue Locations:

Beijing-Dec 3rd | Chengdu-Dec 5th | Guangzhou-Dec 7th

ChinaSF proudly announces our 3rd annual Roadshow: Resiliency and Quality of Life
The ChinaSF Roadshow will explore the following areas:

  • Senior living: By 2050, the UN predicts, 1 in 3 Chinese people will belong to the 60 plus age demographic. PwC estimates that between 2016 and 2020 Chinese people are spending 17 percent more on senior care annually.
  • Healthcare and life sciences: Connected care is the future; 67 percent of the general population in China reports using connected care technologies to track their health in the past 12 months, and 92 percent of health professionals in China believe an integrated health care system is key
  • Sustainable smart cities: The Chinese commitment to building smart cities is expected to draw in more than $230 billion investment in the coming years. The United States is China’s second largest source of imports for the construction industry, with a 13 percent import market share.

The ChinaSF Roadshow is the perfect opportunity to understand the nuances of both inbound and outbound investment and business as it relates to the Chinese market. Attendees have access to forums, networking with Chinese institutional investors, site visits, and more in each city as well as other fun and exciting events and activities.

Event Pricing:
$12,000 for Panelists

$8,000 for Delegates

$3,000 for Qualifying Startups*

Cost includes 4-star hotels, in country transportation, briefings, receptions, breakfast, and translators. Cost and fees are subject to change due to space availability, exchange rates, and schedule changes. Not including international flights or China visa processing.

11.7.18 ChinaSF Roadshow Flier
Business H2O: Water Innovation Summit
Dec 10 – Dec 11 all-day

The Summit will bring together business leaders, government officials, and water experts to discuss best practices in corporate water stewardship and public policies to address the ever growing, global demand for water. Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona will be the keynote speaker.

To learn more about the summit, please visit:

Register Here:

Early Bird (before Oct 1): $50 (Members),  $65 (Non-Members) Regular (after Oct 1): $75 (Members),  $90 (Non-Members)

Save the Date information:


Discover Global Markets: Indo-Pacific
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – Dec 12 @ 5:00 pm


Discover Global Markets: Indo-Pacific will be a unique forum for U.S. companies to explore sales channels and the project pipeline in the civil aviation, defense, and security sectors across the Indo-Pacific region.  Conference sessions and one-on-one meetings will allow participants to dive deeper into markets of interest and hear from experts on market challenges, sales outlook, and proven strategies for developing partners in Australia, Bangladesh, Burma, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.  We expect to have U.S. Government representatives from each of these markets on hand to meet with participating U.S. companies.  Additionally, we expect the attendance of foreign buyers from markets such as Australia, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Vietnam.

This one-and-a-half-day event will consist of several plenaries and keynotes, but the focus of the event is networking.  When the attendees are not in the plenaries or luncheon keynote, they will have the choice to attend a “trade talk” or self-schedule meetings and network with visiting U.S. Commercial Diplomats, foreign buyers, U.S. OEMs and other like-minded exporters looking to grow their business in the Indo Pacific region.

Topics include:

  • The Indo-Pacific Strategy and its Impact on U.S. Economic Security and Export Growth (lead by Major General Joaquin F. Malavet, Director, Strategic Planning and Policy, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command)
  • Supply Chain Optimization in the Face of Innovation & Disruption: Materials, Process, and Supply
  • New Frontiers for Space Commerce

For more information or to register, please click here:

More International Events

Staff Contact

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