U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Talks Continue
CalChamber, September 7, 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

Brazil FinTech Roadshow
Sep 17 – Sep 19 all-day

According to Finnovista, Brazil is home to the largest number of FinTech startups
in Latin America which is why, September 17-19, 2018 and in partnership with the
U.S. Commercial Service, PHM International will host a certified Trade Mission for
U.S. investors, incubators, and FinTech companies in São Paulo, Brazil.

*FinTech startup discounts available.




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Bureau of Industry and Security: Export Regulation Course
Sep 19 @ 8:00 am – Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm

This two-day program is led by the Bureau of Industry & Security’s professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods. Presenters will conduct a number of “hands-on” exercises that will prepare you to apply the regulations to your own company’s export activities.

This workshop will explain:

  • The Scope of the Export Administration Regulations
  • How to determine the export licensing requirements for your product
  • When you may export without applying for a license
  • What an “Export Management Compliance Program (EMCP)” is, and how it can help meet your regulatory responsibilities
Central America Energy Transition Roundtable
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

For years, Central America has sought to achieve energy security in a variety of manners. Countries have looked to a wide range of alternatives to replace imported oil including the possibility for natural gas and an enhanced role for renewable energy beyond hydroelectricity. Indeed, guaranteeing sufficient supplies at reasonable costs has been at the center of many debates focused on boosting the region’s economic competitiveness. In terms of the broader renewable energy outlook, long-term auctions across Latin America have resulted in record costs and made clear that renewables are a competitive source of the supply mix in emerging markets.

More recently, Central America has not been immune to the global energy transformation underway. Many of the elements of the energy transition are being assessed at varying levels in countries of the region. Indeed, long dependent on imported energy sources, Central America has increasingly embraced the role for domestic sources of renewable energy in their power mix. Incorporating wind and solar energy to support the region’s important hydroelectric capacity has seen important results and in many cases reduced exposure to volatile international oil prices, as well as lessening exposure to climate change and improving resiliency. In addition, the economic goals inherent in regional interconnection, and ultimately integration, of the nations’ six power markets is an important policy option for increased energy security and reducing costs.

Costa Rica, in particular, has garnered international attention for its consecutive days of electricity generated from renewable sources – over 300 days in 2017. The country has long been known for its commitment to sustainability across all segments of the economy and has burnished its reputation with its clean energy milestone last year. Meanwhile, Panama and El Salvador have made great strides as well guiding their countries toward increasingly competitive electric markets while diversifying their energy matrices; Panama will soon commission Central America’s first natural gas-fired power plant and plans are on tap for LNG in El Salvador next year. Honduras and Nicaragua despite grave security and political challenges have been hugely successful with incorporating renewable energy into to their power mix. Indeed, electric market reforms in Honduras have fostered the region’s most competitive solar market.

But, the nations of Central America must continue to insure that developments in the energy sector will support economic competitiveness. Indeed, the role of government in setting and managing policy, as well as regulating private sector economic activity, is a long-standing element for discussion. But with rapidly evolving global energy markets, it deserves renewed attention as government officials, investors and regulators alike must make decisions in the context of the new reality for competition, energy sources, how energy is consumed and the role of the consumer.

Beyond the critical intersection of energy and economic development in Central America, there are other questions surrounding the ability to fully finance, deliver projects on time, and at the prices won at auction. Moreover, the rise of renewables is simultaneously boosting the potential for distributed generation and net metering. In many cases, these changes are already forcing utilities to become far more flexible and nimble in the way they manage their grids. Additionally, decarbonization of transportation in Central America is an increasingly urgent matter for discussion. Finally, Costa Rica has rightfully ignited a robust debate over the feasibility of a 100% renewable power mix for a country, a question that would have been discarded as pure fantasy only a few short years ago

Tea Discussion with India Government Leaders in Technology
Sep 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
California-Asia Business Council, Bay Area Council Economic Institute, San Francisco Bangalore Sister City, TiE, California Chamber of Commerce, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) cordially invite you to a tea with government leaders in technology from the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The delegation is  comprised of :

Dr M Manikandan, Minister for Information Technology, Government of Tamil Nadu

Dr Santhosh Babu, Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Government of Tamil Nadu

Mr M Vijaya Kumar, Managing Director, Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT), Government of Tamil Nadu

Mr B Evanesan, General Manager, ELCOT The Minister and his team are particularly interested in discussing the evolving technology ecosystem in their state, exchanging best practices and possible collaborative business opportunities.

Friday, September 21, 2018 Bay Area Council 353 Sacramento St., Suite 1000 San Francisco, CA 3:00 to 5:00 PM— Tea and Discussion

There is limited space for this exclusive event, so please RSVP no later than 5 p.m. on September 20 to Jeremy Potash at

The U.S.-Vietnam Trade and Investment Forum 2018
Sep 25 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Vice Minister of Trade and Industry of Vietnam (MOIT), accompanied by high ranking officials of the Ministry, some Deputy Mayors of Provinces and representatives from about 30 companies with be visiting Los Angeles from September 23-25.

The Government delegates will include:

– Vice Minister of MOIT Hon. Mr. Hoang Quoc Vuong
– Mr. Phan Cao Thang, Vice Chairman, Binh Dinh Province
– Mr. Tran Hoang Tuy, Vice Chairman, Vinh Long Province
– Mr. Ta Hoang Linh, Director General of Europe-America Department
– Mr. Vu Ba Phu, Director General of Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency
– Mr. Dao Minh Hai, Director General, General Administration
– Mr. Pham Tu Phuong, Director General, Trade and Industry Department, Vinh Long Province

This will be one of the highest profile delegations of MOIT to Los Angeles so far. The delegation will be staying in LA from September 23 to 25, then leaving for Seattle, Washington DC and New York City.

During their stay in LA, MOIT and Vietnam Consulate General in San Francisco in collaboration with Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and Los Angeles Mayor’s Office with support of Los Angeles Regional Export Council, Port of Los Angeles, California Chamber of Commerce, Vietnamese Real Estate Professional Organization, World Trade Center Los Angeles and others will organize “The United States of America – Vietnam Trade and Investment Forum 2018”

Participation is free of charge




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Staff Contact

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