World Trade Month Underscores Link Between Economic Growth, Global Trade
CalChamber, May 3, 2024


APEC Leaders’ Meeting 2023—San Francisco

National Center for APEC

California Officials, CalChamber Members Highlight State Innovations at Asia-Pacific Leaders Summit

Asia-Pacific Leaders Summit in San Francisco: CalChamber Board Firms Play Influential Role

Asia-Pacific Business Leaders Gather in SF for Multiple Meetings on Global Economy

Biden and Xi Are Meeting in San Francisco, Seeking Better US-China Relations Despite Tough Issues

East West Bank CEO Dominic Ng Gives Business a Voice at Asia-Pacific Leaders Summit

CalChamber to Attend APEC CEO Summit in San Francisco

2023 California Japan Trade Mission – March 12-17, 2023


Australia-California Synergy on Climate Earns Praise
CalChamber, August 18, 2023

Governor Newsom Announces New Climate Partnership With Australia
Office of Governor Gavin Newsom, August 15, 2023

Ambassador Dr. Kevin Rudd, Australia’s ambassador to the United States, speaks at the CalChamber International Forum on August 15. Photos by


California is the fifth largest economy in the world with a gross state product (GSP) of more than $3 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 226 foreign markets.

The California Chamber of Commerce 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.

Mexico’s Ambassador to US Highlights Importance of Past and Future Trade Partnership at CalChamber Luncheon

(May 2, 2023) In celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mexico and the U.S. this year, Mexico’s Ambassador to the U.S. Esteban Moctezuma highlighted our countries’ past trade relationships and stressed the importance of our continuing trade partnership at the 14th Annual Mexico Advocacy Day luncheon yesterday.

The luncheon is hosted each year by the California Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento.

World Trade Month: Engaging in Global Market Key to Keeping US, California Economies Strong, Growing
CalChamber, May 5, 2023

CalChamber International Trade Issues and Priorities

There are numerous trade issues that affect the United States and consequently, California. Each region and issue page gives an overview, and links to related organizations and documents. To view the trade issues, please click here.

CalChamber Outlines Trade Priorities for Congress, Federal Officials
CalChamber, March 11, 2021

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.

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 six California Governors to various worldwide destinations, including Mexico City to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA.)

Lt. Governor Led Mission to Japan – March 2023

From March 12 – March 17, 2023 a delegation of California businesses and state agencies led by Lieutenant Governor Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis and Dee Dee Myers, Senior Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom and Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, traveled to Tokyo and Osaka for a trade mission to advance business, collaboration and partnership between California and Japan.

The delegation was made up of 55 private sector leaders from the agriculture, airlines, energy, and clean-technology sectors, as well as approximately 20 representatives from an array of state agencies. There was an additional group of tourism companies and associations, as well – bringing the entire California delegation to 100.

Lt. Governor Led Mission to Mexico – October 2019

From October 1-4, 2019 a delegation of California business and state agencies led by Lieutenant Governor Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis traveled to Mexico City for a trade mission to advance business, collaboration and partnership between California and Mexico.

The delegation was made up of 20 private sector leaders from the agriculture, energy, and clean-technology sectors, as well as approximately 20 representatives from an array of state agencies. Visit the blog to learn more.

Gubernatorial Trade Mission to Mexico – July 2014

MOU SigningVisit the blog 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

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


CalChamber’s Susanne Stirling Is Sacramento County Woman of the Year

Susanne T. Stirling

CalChamber Vice President of International Affairs Susanne Stirling has been named Woman of the Year for Sacramento County by California Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa). The Senator recognized Stirling for her leadership and decades-long commitment to promoting economic development and cooperation between the state and other countries.“In many ways, California’s economy is tied to international markets, and Susanne brings a level of experience and knowledge that is critical as we successfully and safely reopen our state,” Senator Dodd said. “She has been an ambassador for international trade for many years and has continued to serve with distinction as we weathered this historic public health crisis. I’m proud to recognize her for her efforts to help our state’s business community.”

“I am deeply appreciative to Senator Dodd for this recognition,” Susanne Stirling said. “During this challenging time in our world with global-wide trade disruptions, my focus is to assist with the state’s economic recovery on behalf of the CalChamber through our international ties. International trade is a major part of the economic engine that benefits businesses, communities, consumers and our state’s prosperity.”

(CalChamber, March 25, 2021) Top Story

From left: Richard Swanson, US Department of Commerce; Susanne Stirling, CalChamber; Lilia Navarrette, president, Women in International Trade -Los Angeles.

Trade Group Recognizes CalChamber’s Susanne Stirling as ‘Outstanding Woman of the Year in International Trade’

California Chamber of Commerce Vice President of International Affairs Susanne Stirling yesterday was presented with the “Outstanding Woman of the Year in International Trade” award by the Women in International Trade, Los Angeles (WIT-LA).

Stirling received the award during WIT-LA’s Global Trade Awards Gala in Manhattan Beach, which brought together 150 individuals from the international trade world to recognize and celebrate women who serve as role models and who have paved the way for others in expanding their own business. The Gala also promoted international trade by recognizing the impact it has on the growing economy and its importance to the Los Angeles area. (CalChamber, November 8, 2019)

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

International COVID-19 Information Page, click here.

CalChamber VP of International Affairs participated in the project/podcast Going Global to promote business between Israel and North America, specifically California.

Visit the podcast link starting at 27:25 to listen as Stirling shares important information for Israeli business people, especially those aiming to do business in California, as part of CalChamber’s ongoing work to promote collaborations and partnerships between California and Israel.

Israel Trip Blog - Fall 2017

News and Publications

2017 California Export Guide


International Contacts



International Events

Private Sector Opportunities During Ukrainian Reconstruction
Jun 5 @ 8:30 am – 11:45 am
Join GO-Biz and the U.S. Commercial Service in listening into Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis and Ukraine’s Consul General to San Francisco, Dmytro Kushneruk’s discussion on the current state of Ukraine and California’s role in its rebuilding process.

Attend the seminar to gain insight into how federal and state entities are involved in reconstructing Ukraine. The seminar will be presented by the Director of the Office of Russia and Ukraine at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Chief of the Office of Private Sector and NGO Coordination at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Explore U.S. business opportunities in Ukraine, understand how to engage with multilateral organizations, and learn how to utilize federal resources to participate in Ukraine’s energy and construction sectors as shared by industry experts. The event will conclude with a panel discussion featuring California and Ukrainian businesses sharing their insights on operating in Ukraine.

Please see the event website for more information.

EXIM 2024 Annual Conference
Jun 6 – Jun 7 all-day

Join us for EXIM Bank’s 2024 Annual Conference, taking place on Thursday, June 6th and Friday, June 7th, in the heart of Washington, DC, at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

The EXIM Annual Conference showcases the pivotal role of U.S. exports in driving economic prosperity, benefiting businesses of all sizes. The conference promises invaluable insights and unique networking opportunities for a diverse array of domestic and international attendees including exporters, buyers, financial professionals, business leaders from various sectors, and government officials.

Register now at- 2023 EXIM Annual Conference Registration Form (

The California Chamber of Commerce is a stakeholder partner for the Export-Import Bank of the United States’ (EXIM) 2024 Annual Conference.

Secure your spot now to enjoy discounted early bird registration. Benefit from an additional 10% discount using CalChamber’s exclusive code: CACC2024

How to Register with a Strategic Partner Discount Code:

  1. Go to the EXIM 2024 Annual Conference Registration Link.
  2. Select Registration Category and complete registration.
  3. On payment screen enter the unique Partner Discount Code (Discount codes are case sensitive)

If you have any questions or problems using your registration code, please email the conference registrar.


Website- EXIM | 2024 Annual Conference (


Building Bridges: Women in Global Trade
Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm


The U.S. Commercial Service is partnering with the NEW Women’s Business Center in Canoga Park, California to bring it’s Building Bridges: Women in Global Trade program to the San Fernando Valley.  Build up your sales from foreign markets!

 About the Event

  • Featuring Keynote Speaker Diane Farrell, Deputy Under-Secretary, International Trade Administration of the US Department of Commerce.
  • Resource-networking and two-panel program organized by the NEW Women’s Business Center and the S. Department of Commerce.
  • Designed to support women-led start-ups, small to medium enterprises, or experienced globally minded entrepreneurs – EazyHold, Superhumn, and Kili Medical Drain will be featured guest speakers.
  • Global trade experts and resource partners: SBA, OWIT, DEC, CA GO Biz-STEP, CalOSBA, US Eximbank, Lendistry, 22Fund, SBDC, logistics, legal, and more …
  • Lunch Provided!

Program Topics

  • Success Women-led companies in global trade
  • Trade finance, access to capital, logistics, legal
  • Exporting best practices and accessible resources
  • Resources and trade partners to grow your business.
  • How to connect international buyers virtually.
  • Stay networked with other women-led exporters.Need more info? Click Here
The 10th SelectUSA Investment Summit
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – Jun 26 @ 1:00 pm




The SelectUSA Investment Summit is the highest profile event in the United States to facilitate business investment by connecting thousands of investors, companies, economic development organizations (EDOs), and industry experts to make deals happen.

The 2024 SelectUSA Investment Summit returns to National Harbor, Maryland from June 23 – 26, 2024 to establish new connections and opportunities to grow through investing in the U.S.

What to Expect

There is opportunity at every turn at the SelectUSA Investment Summit! In addition to the plenary sessions, armchair discussions, panels, academy sessions, pitching sessions, and programs on our traditional agenda, you can expect to:

  • Explore the exhibition hall featuring hundreds of EDOs, service providers, industry experts, and international tech startups.
  • Connect with representatives from 50+ states and territories, companies from 80+ markets, industry experts, and government officials to make your investment deals happen.
  • Gather advice and information from policy and industry experts in 100+ sessions providing you with actionable instruction on everything from developing a workforce to understanding incentives.
  • Form valuable partnerships with industry partners from across the United States.

Apply to Attend

SelectUSA welcomes investors representing international businesses of all sizes that are seeking to establish or expand operations in the United States, as well as U.S. economic development organizations, representatives from U.S. state and local governments, service providers, and associations facilitating direct investment into the United States to apply.

All approved applicants receive:

  • Access to Exhibition Hall
  • Access to 50+ focused sessions on FDI
  • Access to workshops and networking receptions
  • Access to Plenary Sessions
  • Access to Investment Summit virtual networking platform
  • Ability to contact attendees within the virtual networking platform
  • Email support

Those who wish to attend the Investment Summit must submit an application and be approved. Please note the application review process may take up to 14 business days.

Apply Here

Farnborough International Airshow
Jul 18 – Jul 22 all-day

Aerospace, aviation, and defense industries are invited to Farnborough from July 18-22, 2024, for one of the world’s premier airshows. Farnborough International Airshow aims to provide participants with opportunities to pioneer change, build new connections, engage with thought leaders, and access unparalleled business development opportunities. The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development is organizing a state-led delegation of California companies to exhibit under a California Pavilion at the show. Aerospace and defense companies interested in expanding their international footprint are encouraged to register their interest here.

Please see the event website for further details.

More International Events

Staff Contact

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