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CalChamber Reiterates Support for U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
CalChamber, May 14, 2019

CalChamber Joins in Launching USMCA Coalition
CalChamber, February 26, 2019

U.S., Mexico, Canada Sign New Trade Agreement
CalChamber, December 3, 2018

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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

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 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

NAFTA 2.0 Creates Freer, Fairer Economic Growth

International Luncheon Group Photo

From left: The Hon. Zaib Shaikh, Consul General of Canada, LA; Susanne T. Stirling, VP international Affairs, CalChamber; The Hon. Rana Sarkar, Consul General of Canada, SF; and Allan Zaremberg, President and CEO, CalChamber.

(February 21, 2019) The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) underscores a renewed understating among the USMCA parties on the importance of our mutual trading relationships, everyone agreed yesterday at an international luncheon at the California Chamber of Commerce to celebrate Canada Day in Sacramento.

With the support of the Consulates General of Canada of San Francisco and Los Angeles and the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, experts convened at the CalChamber for a thorough update and discussion on the agreement with more than 100 attendees.

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

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.

Recent News

Israel Trip Blog - Fall 2017

News and Publications

2017 California Export Guide

Resources

International Contacts

Councils

Coalitions

International Events

Aug
13
Tue
Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series II: Best Practices for Export Compliance
Aug 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Details

August 13, 2019
2 to 3 p.m. ET
1 CES Credit

Description

The NCBFAA Educational Institute in cooperation with the Office of Digital Initiatives at the Department of Commerce, invite you to attend a webinar on Best Practices for Export Compliance/Drafting an Export Compliance Policy. During this webinar exporters will learn about trade barriers as well as export restrictions.  The exporter will know how to comply with U.S. laws and what they can and cannot export.   This webinar is for the intermediate U.S. small and medium size business exporter.   

NCBFAA and the Office of Digital Initiatives at the Department of Commerce are working closely together to offer this webinar. It will be hosted on mymeetings; please view system requirements here.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact NEI Director Cecilia Ferrara at nei@ncbfaa.org.

Sep
12
Thu
Business H20 Water Innovation Summit
Sep 12 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

About Business H2O: Water Innovation Summit This global summit will showcase innovative water technologies and best practices that support economic growth in the driest places in the world. Drawing lessons learned from economic success stories in water-starved areas, the conference will bring together American and Israeli business leaders, policymakers, and water industry stakeholders to develop practical solutions to the challenges of decreasing global water supply.

Showcase innovative water technologies and best practices in the following area:

  • Agriculture —providing water for agricultural land in the face of competing demands
  • Smart Cities—Sourcing, monitoring, treating, and delivering water to users in new ways to Water reuse—utilizing alternative water supplies to conserve resources
  • Water storage—increasing capacity, lengthening storage time, and reducing cost
  • Water utilities—developing new water grid systems to distribute water more efficiently
  • Promote investment in water technology, water infrastructure, and resource management, utilizing financing models such as public-private partnerships
  • Build ongoing Israel-Utah collaboration in water management and technology adoption
  • Share lessons for desert environments from Israel’s national water strategy

Why Utah and Israel?

Utah is one of the driest and fastest growing states in the U.S., and must find ways to provide water for a population that is projected to nearly double by 2060 while maintaining thriving industry and healthy rivers, lakes, wetlands, and aquifers. Currently Utah is working to develop new approaches that stretch limited water resources and improve water efficiency, technology, infrastructure, and policy.
Israel has overcome severe water shortages to become a leader in water management and R&D. By prioritizing water issues and treating water as a national strategic asset, Israel has developed innovative solutions for water conservation and its economy has prospered as its technology spreads around the world. Israel offers many lessons and innovative technologies that can help Utah navigate a world of water scarcity while finding new opportunities for economic growth.
Israel and Utah have uncanny similarities in environment and industry. They both have hypersaline lakes (the Dead Sea in Israel; the Great Salt Lake in Utah) and a surrounding desert setting, and they have business ecosystems that have flourished despite challenges in water supply. On the business side, they are home to thriving technology hubs—Silicon Slopes (Utah) and Startup Nation (Israel)—that bring similar water challenges. There is also a developing Utah-Israel commercial relationship with huge room for growth and many opportunities for collaboration. Together Utah and Israel can develop new strategies to improve water management globally in desert environments and around the world.

Sep
17
Tue
Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series II: Dealing with Suppliers, Partners & Buyers
Sep 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Details

September 17, 2019
2 to 3 p.m. ET
1 CES Credit

Description

The NCBFAA Educational Institute in cooperation with the Office of Digital Initiatives at the Department of Commerce, invite you to attend a webinar on Dealing with Suppliers, Partners, and Buyers. During this webinar exporters will learn about working with suppliers to get origin documentation correct as well as foreign distributors on the United States export law.  This webinar is for the intermediate U.S. small and medium size business exporter.   

NCBFAA and the Office of Digital Initiatives at the Department of Commerce are working closely together to offer this webinar. It will be hosted on mymeetings; please view system requirements here.

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact NEI Director Cecilia Ferrara at nei@ncbfaa.org.

Sep
20
Fri
Think Asia, Think Hong Kong
Sep 20 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

“Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” is a mega promotion organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council to attract more overseas companies to use Hong Kong’s service platform to tap into the mainland and the asian market. Following the overwhelming response in the UK, Japan, USA, France, Italy, Canada, Germany, “Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” will revisit the city of Los Angeles, USA in 2019. This event will bring together business communities from Hong Kong and different economies to discuss developments and trends in the dynamic asian market. It will feature a main symposium, a high-level dinner and various sector-specific sessions. Consultation with Hong Kong service providers and business matching meetings will also be arranged. Concurrent Thematic Sessions Themes Selling to Asia/China Financial Service in Hong Kong Innovation and Technology (e.g. fintech, healthcare, smart city, well-being/ lifestyle) Design & Marketing Services Business empowered by artificial intelligence and advanced manufacturing E-sports dispute resolution and legaltech.

Click here for more information: http://www.hktdc.com/ncs/thinkasiathinkhk2019/en/main/index.html

Sep
30
Mon
Discover Global Markets: Powering & Building The Middle East & Africa
Sep 30 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Houston District Export Council for Discover Global Markets: Powering & Building the Middle East & Africa. Seize the opportunity to network with international executives, business development and marketing professionals, engineers, project owners, developers, and government officials. Walk away with the knowledge it takes to compete globally and transform market potential to market success

For more information or to register, please click here: https://live.eventtia.com/en/middleeastafrica

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Staff Contact

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