CalChamber Joins in Launching USMCA Coalition
CalChamber, February 26, 2019

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U.S., Mexico, Canada Sign New Trade Agreement
CalChamber, December 3, 2018

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 signing at Casa de CaliforniaVisit 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

National Association of District Export Councils Annual Export Conference
May 21 @ 8:00 am – May 22 @ 5:00 pm

Don’t Miss the Exporting Event of the Year! 

NADEC Annual Export Conference brings together the distinguished speakers, business leaders, high ranking U.S. and foreign government officers, exporters, manufacturers, service providers, and trade promotion agencies to discuss the latest news and updates on the Trade Policy, Export Market Opportunities and Challenges on focused sectors and regions. Our Focus sectors this year include:

  • Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
  • Defense & Aerospace
  • Emerging Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Smart Buildings and Infrastructure, and Robotics
  • Export of Education Services

Countdown started for NADEC’s new format of Annual Export Conference. Some of the highlights:

  • Two full days program
  • Distinguished keynote speakers
  • Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross addressed the attendees at both of our conferences in 2018
  • Speakers and panelists from
  • ITA, U.S. Commercial Service, USTR, BIS, OFAC, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, District Export Councils, EXIM Bank, Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITAC), and Business Leaders
  • Panels and break-out sessions focusing on the key export issues and updates:
  • Trade Policy
  • Advanced Exporting topics
  • Export Compliance and Sanctions
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Country and Region Reviews
  • Emerging Markets
  • Table Topic Discussions

Keynote Address by

  • Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce (invited)
  • Kimberly Reed, Chair nominee, Export-Import Bank of the U.S.(invited)

Visit your Senators and Representatives with an organized tour by NADEC!!!

Early Bird: $249 till March 31, after March 31, 2019: $289

For more information, please visit: or 


Argentina ICT Modernization Reverse Trade Mission
May 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am


On a visit to the United States, decision-makers from Argentina’s ICT sector will learn about cutting-edge U.S. solutions that can support the country’s plans to modernize fiber optic networks, broadband infrastructure, cybersecurity, communications satellites, e-government services, and data centers. The roundtable, hosted by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, will allow U.S. companies to meet with and showcase their solutions to the delegation, as well as learn about upcoming project opportunities.

Join the Roundtable to:

  • Gain market intelligence and learn about upcoming procurement opportunities
  • Establish new business partnerships and meet with key decision-makers
  • Learn about Argentina’s ICT modernization strategy

Topics Include:

  • Priority projects related to fiber optic networks, broadband infrastructure, cybersecurity, communications satellites, e-government services, and data centers
  • Insights into the country’s ICT modernization investment strategy, including project opportunities for U.S. firms

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CalChamber International Forum
May 22 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Sponsored By: Frontier Communications

Topic:                         California’s Role in International Trade

Speaker:                    Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, Lieutenant Governor of California/Governor’s Representative for International Affairs and Trade Development

Ambassador Kounalakis is the first woman to be Lieutenant Governor of California. From 2010 to 2013, Lt. Governor Kounalakis served as President Obama’s Ambassador to Hungary, making her the first Greek-American woman to serve as an ambassador, as well as one of the youngest. In 2014, Ambassador Kounalakis was appointed by Governor Brown as Chair of California’s Advisory Council for International Trade and Investment. Prior to her public service, Ambassador Kounalakis was President of AKT Development, one of California’s most respected housing development firms.

Topic:                        U.S.- Indo-Pacific Initiative

Speaker:                   Diane Farrell, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, U.S. Department of Commerce

Ms. Farrell is the principal advisor for all matters concerning international economics, trade, investment, and commercial policy programs and agreements with respect to Asia. Previously, the Deputy Assistant Secretary served as the Executive Vice President for the U.S. India Business Council. Ms. Farrell served on the Board of Directors at the Export Import Bank of the U.S where, under her tenure, India transactions expanded and diversified which led India to become the second largest country by U.S. dollar allocation in the bank’s overall portfolio.

Topic:                         State of Tourism in California

Speaker:                    Caroline Beteta, President & CEO, Visit California

Ms. Beteta is responsible for implementing Visit California’s $126 million global marketing program and serves as the lead spokesperson for California’s $132.5 billion travel industry. She has led the growth of Visit California into a global marketing franchise delivering millions of visitors and billions of dollars of economic growth to the state every year.

China – California Business Forum
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


The 2019 China-California Business Forum will be attended by more than 150 Chinese business delegates from nine provinces and municipalities. Local attendees can expect to meet senior Chinese investment and trade delegates from and throughout China. Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis will be giving a keynote address at the event.

Industries of Focus: All, with specific sessions for clean-tech, advanced manufacturing and e-commerce

If you are interested in soliciting Chinese investment or are interested in doing business in China, this is the event for you. There will be opportunities to work on a go-to-market strategy for China, learn about trends in the Chinese market, and connect directly with business and strategic resources in China.

For the full program and agenda please click here.

To register, please click here. (

Select USA Investment Summit, LA
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Select LA is an essential platform for businesses seeking to secure foreign direct investment opportunities and gain exclusive insights into market trends and deal flow throughout the Los Angeles region. There will be breakout sessions on entertainment, the future of transportation, and a keynote address from Mayor Garcetti.

Industries of Focus: Environmental, Financial Services, Media and Entertainment, Advanced Transportation, Technology.

Los Angeles area companies should attend if they are looking for foreign investment or looking to better understand how foreign companies are viewing the Los Angeles market. Bud Colligan, the Governor’s Senior Advisor for International Affairs and Trade, will be speaking.

For more information or to register, please click here:


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Staff Contact

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