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.

Canada Day Lunch Focuses on Investors Helping Build Sustainable Economic Future

(February 28, 2023) Ways in which investments from Canada and California pension programs are advancing the move toward a green, sustainable economy were the focus of a recent luncheon discussion at the California Chamber of Commerce.

The February 22 gathering was presented by the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco in partnership with the CalChamber and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

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

2023 Taiwan Trade Shows
Jan 1 @ 6:36 pm – Dec 31 @ 7:36 pm
Reception for Danish Energy Delegation
Dec 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us on December 7, 2023 at Leland Stanford Mansion, at 5:00 PM for a reception to welcome a delegation from Denmark looking to explore the energy industry in California.

The Trade Council of Denmark in North America, the Confederation of Danish Industry, and Danish Chamber of Commerce invites you to a reception at Leland Stanford Mansion to welcome a delegation of Danish hydrogen, Power-to-X, and offshore wind companies to California.

Earlier this year, Denmark launched the world’s first Power-to-X tender. The Tender was held to procure hydrogen produced by using renewable energy sources and is part of Denmark’s goal to reach between 4 and 6 GW of electrolysis capacity by 2030 which is expected to entail reductions of CO2 emission between 2,5 – 4,0 million tonnes. Winners of the tender will be building 280 MW of electrolysis capacity.

Moreover, the large wind resources and the massive expansion of offshore wind capacity conditions Denmark with great potentials as a leading producer of green hydrogen.

Over the course of a week, a diverse group of key stakeholders from 11 Danish energy companies will visit California to engage with leaders in the public and private sectors across the state, and explore new opportunities and partnerships to accelerate the deployment of renewables, green hydrogen, and e-fuels. 

Please join us in welcoming the Danish delegation at a reception on December 7, 2023, from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM and register below.

Location: Leland Stanford Mansion, 800 N St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Register at


The Importance of Reliable Clean Energy and Infrastructure for Mexico to Realize its Potential for North American “Nearshoring”
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Please make plans to join us on December 14 for a timely webinar presentation and discussion of our new report The Importance of Reliable Clean Energy and Infrastructure for Mexico to Realize its Potential for North American “Nearshoring”.

December 14 | 9:00 AM PT | Virtual

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The webinar will examine the specific challenges and potential energy-related solutions that will help determine just how successful nearshoring in Mexico ultimately becomes.

As our report discusses, nearshoring is here, no longer just a possibility, but starting to have a tangible impact. Further regionalizing North America’s supply chains through nearshoring helps to reduce dependence on far-flung trade routes, minimizes delays, and achieves greater certainty and control over supply and manufacturing.

Electricity has proven to be a particularly complicated challenge given the current state of electricity infrastructure, supply-demand dynamics, and the government policies currently being pursued. It may not only be an additional cost, but a potential deal-breaker for potential nearshoring companies.

The webinar features report co-authors: Veronica Irastorza -The Brattle Group, John D. Padilla – IPD Latin America, and Jeremy M. Martin – Institute of the Americas.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy holiday schedule to join us!

Arab Health – California Pavilion
Jan 29 – Feb 1 all-day

Arab Health is a significant event for the healthcare industry that brings regional and international policy drivers, thought leaders, and healthcare professionals to address and outline global healthcare challenges. Additionally, attendees have the opportunity to network with these global industry leaders and enable companies to showcase their progress and achievements in the sector.

Arab Health California Pavilion


California Pavilion at the Singapore Airshow
Feb 20 – Feb 25 all-day

More International Events

Staff Contact

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