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COVID-19 Updates

CalChamber’s Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources

California Coronavirus COVID-19 Response

John’s Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center with COVID-19 Interactive Map 

Channel News Asia’s COVID-19 Tracker

U.S. Chamber’s Global Dashboard on COVID-19 Government Policies

International Monetary Fund’s Policy Tracker: Policy Responses to COVID-19

Innovation Enlisted in the Coronavirus Fight: A State-by-State Analysis: COVID-19 Clinical Trials Map
US Chamber, July 21, 2020

“China’s Belt and Road Initiative – What does it really look like with its business, national security and geopolitical impact?”
The National Association of District Export Councils (NADEC) is pleased to invite you to hear from experts on the China Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive global development strategy involving infrastructure investments now in some 152 countries.

“The Digital Silk Road: Business, National Security and Geopolitical Impact”
This webinar is the 2nd in the series and is intended to provide attendees with a deeper understanding of the digital and high tech side of China’s BRI.

2020 Trade Policy Agenda and 2019 Annual Report
U.S. Trade Representative, February 2020

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Landmark U.S.-Mexico Canada-Agreement Brings Modernized Rules to Trade on July 1
CalChamber, June 29, 2020

Canada OK of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Pact Could Lead to June Implementation Date
CalChamber, March 20, 2020

Mexico Chief Negotiator Provides Insight on USMCA at CalChamber Lunch
CalChamber, January 30, 2020

President Trump Signs USMCA Trade Pact
CalChamber, January 29, 2020

USMCA Passes Senate, Awaits President Trump’s Signature
CalChamber, January 16, 2020

CalChamber Welcomes House of Representatives Vote to Approve USMCA
CalChamber, December 20, 2019

CalChamber Welcomes News of Progress on USMCA
CalChamber, December 10, 2019

CalChamber Once Again Urges Congressional Support for USMCA
CalChamber, October 8, 2019

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 $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 229 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.

 

Urge President Trump Not to Finalize Stand-Alone Steel/Aluminum Tariff
Commentary by Susanne Stirling

 

Canadian Consul General Visits CalChamber; Discusses Privacy, Trade, Workforce Development

From left: Yves Beaulieu, Consul of Canada, San Francisco; Susanne Stirling, VP International Affairs, CalChamber; Rana Sarkar, Consul General of Canada, San Francisco; Allan Zaremberg, President and CEO, CalChamber; and Arwen Widmer Bobyk, Consul of Canada, Los Angeles. Photo by Taryn DeOilers.

(February 26, 2020) Representatives of the Canadian Consulate General from San Francisco and Los Angeles visited the California Chamber of Commerce yesterday in celebration of Canada Day in Sacramento, affirming that the updated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) underscores a renewed understanding among the countries on the importance of mutual trading relationships.

 

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.

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 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

Awards

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

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News and Publications

2017 California Export Guide

Resources

International Contacts

Councils

Coalitions

International Events

Jul
28
Tue
Webinar Series: Women’s Global Trade Empowerment: Expanding Trade in North America and Beyond
Jul 28 – Sep 22 all-day

Virtual Forum – FREE

Registration to access all six online sessions is free for U.S., Canadian and Mexican organizations.

Virtual Forum + Industry Focused Value-Added Activities

Qualified U.S., Canadian, and Mexican woman-led companies in the Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Education, Design & Construction, Medical Devices & Services, ICT and Energy sectors may register for value-added activities, which include:
• All facilitated trade skills development breakouts immediately following the July 22, August 11, August 25, September 1 and September 10 sessions,
• B2G and B2B business development meetings,
• USMCA strategic market expansion plans/mentorship, both for new and experienced exporters.

Fifty slots have been allotted at a reduced registration fee of $50.00, which covers all value-added activities for companies in these sectors.

Scroll down to “Attendee” at the bottom of this page and elect your attendee type from the drop-down menu to register.

Aug
6
Thu
Webinar: U.S. – India State Spotlight Webinar on Doing Business in California
Aug 6 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Save the date! Join us August 6, 9:00 a.m. EDT / 6:30 p.m. IST, as the U.S. Department of Commerce and Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry host a State Spotlight Series- Doing Business in California Webinar. 

Learn why California is ranked as the 6th largest investment destination for Indian Foreign Direct Investment and has the third-largest concentration of Indian companies across a range of innovative sectors.

Meet the speakers:
Eleni Kounalakis:
Lieutenant Governor of California and former U.S. Ambassador
Emily Desai: California Trade and Investment Representative, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic
Development (GO-Biz)
Maria Onorato: California Foreign Direct Investment Specialist, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
Michael V. McCabe: Resident Director – North America, Tata Sons
Anurag Varma: Vice President and Head of Government and Public Affairs, Infosys
Shuchita Sonalika: Director and Head – North America, Confederation of Indian Industry
Joseph Semsar: Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce
TBC: Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India

Aug
11
Tue
Webinar Series: Financing the Deal & Getting Paid
Aug 11 – Oct 6 all-day

Virtual Forum – FREE

Registration to access all six online sessions is free for U.S., Canadian and Mexican organizations.

Virtual Forum + Industry Focused Value-Added Activities

Qualified U.S., Canadian, and Mexican woman-led companies in the Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Education, Design & Construction, Medical Devices & Services, ICT and Energy sectors may register for value-added activities, which include:
• All facilitated trade skills development breakouts immediately following the July 22, August 11, August 25, September 1 and September 10 sessions,
• B2G and B2B business development meetings,
• USMCA strategic market expansion plans/mentorship, both for new and experienced exporters.

Fifty slots have been allotted at a reduced registration fee of $50.00, which covers all value-added activities for companies in these sectors.

Scroll down to “Attendee” at the bottom of this page and elect your attendee type from the drop-down menu to register.

Webinar: Customized Market Research with the Rural Export Center
Aug 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Overview
Every company has a research need and the Rural Export Center (REC) is ready to help with yours. Through customizable research and training, you can learn to proactively approach a new market.

Objectives
To help rural companies with their research needs

Event Information:
• What programs are available
• Who is eligible for our services
• How you can leverage our services to enter new markets
• Hear from a panel of our previous clients

Please read the following information carefully:
• The U.S. Commercial Service requires event registrants to accept specific Terms and Conditions and review Product Standards.
• Please read the Privacy Act Notice.
• Virtual program will be held on August 11, 2020 11 Pacific / 12 Mountain / 1 Central / 2 Eastern via Webex online conference and audio call.
• Registration Cost:Free
• Venue: Your personal electronic device (online)
• To use Webex for your operator-assisted conferences, presenters and participants alike must have the Webex Event Manager installed prior to joining

WEBINAR: Asian Development Bank Contracting Opportunity Webinar focused on Urban Development & Water Management
Aug 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

More International Events

Staff Contact

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