USMCA Passes Senate, Awaits President Trump’s Signature
CalChamber Welcomes House of Representatives Vote to Approve USMCA
CalChamber Welcomes News of Progress on USMCA
CalChamber Once Again Urges Congressional Support for USMCA
CalChamber Reiterates Support for U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
CalChamber Joins in Launching USMCA Coalition
U.S., Mexico, Canada Sign New Trade Agreement
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.
$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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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
Visit 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
The 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
Cuba Policy Trip
CalChamber Joins World Affairs Council on Cuba Policy Trip – April 2015
This 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.
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
The 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
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.
News and Publications
- Trading Partner Portals
- Trade Statistics
- Foreign Direct Investment
- Consular Corps Information Packet
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- Global Contacts, Organizations and Associations
- Global Resources and Contacts
- Country Contacts in California
- Foreign Consulates in California (A-L)
- Foreign Consulates in California (M-W)
- Binational Chambers of Commerce in California
- U.S. Government
- California State Legislative Pictorial Roster
- California Congressional Delegation Pictorial Roster
- California Government
- more …
- Alliance for Fair Trade with India
- *CalChamber California Coalition for Free Trade*
- Discover America Partnership
- Federation of International Trade Associations
- North American Economic Alliance
- Trade for America
- Trade Works for US
- U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB)
- USA * Engage
- USMCA Coalition
- Waterfront Coalition
An economic forecast to help identify the big plays or possible concerns for international businesses.
Please join us on Monday, January 27, 2020 for a networking and educational event with the Consul General of Mexico, Liliana Ferrer and Marc Chandler, chief market strategist for BannockBurn, author and speaker.
Enjoy a hosted reception to connect with other business leaders and learn what’s on the horizon in 2020.
For more information or to register, please click here.
JANUARY 30, 2020
TIME: 8:00 – 11:00 AM
LOCATION: Sheppard Mullin (SAN FRANCISCO)
ADDRESS: Four Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111
8:00-8:15 a.m. – Welcoming Remarks and host: Alfred Fraijo Jr. Sheppard Mullin LLC
PropTech and Emerging Technologies for Cross-Border Investment and Real Estate Transactions/Management
Hector Ibarzabal – Managing Director Prologis Mexico
Pedro Azcue – Managing Director JLL Mexico – LATAM
Roberto Charvel – Vander Capital Partners San Francisco
Jordi Greenham– CEO En Homie
9:00- 9:45 a.m.
The California-Baja Real Estate Corridor: Evolution, Potential Development and Investment Opportunities
Patricio Gutierrez – CFO Artha Capital Mexico
Carlos Bustamente – COO Bustamante Realty Group Tijuana
Hector Ibarzabal – Managing Director Prologis Mexico
NAI Tijuana– President Mexico, Gary Swedback
Implications of Big Data on Retail and E-Commerce: A Forecast for the Brick and Mortar World Christian Hernandez – Amazon San Francisco.
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Q&A and Closing Remakrs:
Alfred Fraijo Jr. Sheppard Mullin LLC
Vice President, International Affairs