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


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


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 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


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


International Contacts



International Events

WUSATA Inbound Trade Delegation 2019
Sep 23 @ 9:00 pm – Sep 25 @ 5:00 pm

The California Department of Food & Agriculture announces participation and registration in the following activities

Canada Inbound Trade Mission

Mexico Inbound Trade Mission

Benefits of Participation:

  • Connect with pre-qualified buyers from the respective markets
  • Evaluate how your product fits into the marketplace and asses the competitive landscape by engaging with retail/wholesales buyers
  • Gather current market intelligence, consumer preference, and trend information directly from the source
  • Identify new buyers for your products, or reconnect personally with existing clients

Industry Focus:

  • Food Service
  • Products Ingredient
  • Natural/Health
  • Organic
  • Produce
  • Retail Products

Product Description:

Suitable products include, but are not limited to: Consumer-Oriented Food Products – sauces, snack foods; condiments, specialty food products, health & natural food products, retail dried fruit/nuts



Monday, September 23: Los Angeles, CA –
9am – Noon & 1pm – 5pm (One-on-One Meetings)

Tuesday, September 24: Sacramento, CA –
1pm – 5pm (One-on-One Meetings)

Wednesday, September 25: Oakland, CA –
9am – Noon & 1pm – 5pm (One-on-One Meetings)


FTA & AAEI Welcome Mixer
Sep 25 @ 7:30 am – Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm
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:

Foreign Trade Zone Forum: Enhancing Your Company’s Global Supply Chain Competitiveness
Sep 30 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Monday, September 30, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Portland Airport, Chinook Conference Room

Topics Covered:

  • Fundamentals about Foreign Trade Zones
  • How to apply for Foreign Trade Zone authorization
  • Hear from a private company representative that operates a FTZ
  • Business support services for local companies with global trade exposure provided by government agencies such as the U.S. Commercial Services .
  • FTZ as a supply chain stabilizer in times of uncertainty
  • Duty Drawback as a tool to manage import costs and shrinking margins
  • CBP on roles and responsibilities related to FTZs



  • Commerce: US-FTZ Board – Overview of FTZs
  • Port of Vancouver / Port of Portland – Engaging locally
  • Columbia Sportswear Company – Business case for utilizing FTZ
  • Freight Forwarder/Broker on Duty Drawback
  • U.S. Customs & Border Protection – Roles & responsibilities related to FTZ / duty drawback


Qahira El-Amin, Analyst, U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington DC

Doug Smith, International Business Development & Industrial Properties, Port of Portland
Foreign Trade Zone #45 which covers all of Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties and is organized under the Alternative Site Framework.

Mike Bomar, Director of Economic Development, Port of Vancouver
Foreign Trade Zone #296 with a service area covering all of Clark County which includes the cities of Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Ridgefield, La Center, Battle Ground and part of Woodland.

Katie Tangman, Director, Global Customs and Trade, Columbia Sportwear Company

Christophe Esayian, Manager, Sustainability & Global Business Processes, OIA Global

Steven Lewis, Assistant Port Director, Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection


For more information or to register, please click here

Discover Greece: Invest in an Exciting Innovation Destination with a Fast Growing Tech Scene
Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

After significant reforms, Greece’s economy is gaining traction. The ICT industry (IT & business consulting, system integration, network services, custom application development, business process outsourcing (BPO) etc.) is one of the fastest growing in the Greek economy. Such growth combined with access to multiple regional markets have led many US and international ICT companies to choose Greece as a hub for innovation and R&D operations in Southeast Europe.

In the age of digital transformation and constant markets’ disruption, Greece provides highly-skilled, talented, and innovative R&D at a competitive cost. Deloitte, NOKIA, Tesla, Siemens, Mercedes-Benz, OpenBet (UK) and many others have shown their trust in Greece’s talent and friendly environment by establishing IT Operations divisions and corporate branches there.

Join us for a Greek Innovation Technology event, to explore an attractive investment destination with the dynamically growing tech scene. This event is organized by the Hellenic Association of Mobile Applications Companies (HAMAC), the Thessaloniki Technopolis Cluster under the auspices of the Region of Central Macedonia (RCM) and the Consulate General of Greece in San Francisco, with the support of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (ΕΙΤ), and the cooperation of the Association of IT Companies of Northern Greece (SEPVE) and Athens Technology Center (ATC).



  • Governor of Central Macedonia – Apostolos Tzitzikostas
  • Greek trade office SF – Daphne Vitsikounaki
  • Director of EIT Digital Silicon Valley Hub – Eric Thelen

Keynote “The Greek talent experience”

  • Jon Vlachogiannis, Co-founder and CEO of the wealth management startup company AgentRisk

Short Presentations on three themes: “Outsourcing” – “Expansion” – “Outbound Innovation”

  • Nokia – video for Nokia success story by Sakis Exarhos
  • Technopolis Cluster – Tasos Tzikas
  • Association of IT Companies of Northern Greece (SEPVE) – Kostis Kaggelidis
  • Hellenic Association of Mobile Application Companies (HAMAC) – Pantelis Angelidis
  • Aristotle – Marios Anapliotis
  • Athens Technology Center (ATC) – Yannis Kliafas

Finger Food and Net working

For more information or to register, please click here

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Staff Contact

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