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World Trade Month Spotlights Importance of Global Trade to State, U.S. Economies
CalChamber, May 10, 2021

ATA Carnet

Get Back to Global Business
The California Chamber, in partnership with the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), is offering a special ATA Carnet rebate program to help businesses recover and get back to global business. ATA Carnet, or the Passport for Goods, is a powerful tool for companies doing business internationally because it allows the temporary importation of goods for up to one year in multiple countries, without having to pay import duties or taxes. Check it out!

ATA Carnet Fact Sheet 
ATA Carnet 2021 Promotion
ATA Carnet Rebate Form

CalChamber Outlines Trade Priorities for Congress, Federal Officials
CalChamber, March 11, 2021

Director Gives Analysis of UK Trade with US, California After Brexit
CalChamber, March 2, 2021

A New Year, A New Deal: The UK’s Future Relationship with California
CalChamber, January 12, 2021
Observations on future UK-CA relations by Joe White, Tech Envoy to the US and British Consul General SF; and Emily Cloke, British Consul General LA.

CalChamber Hosts Virtual Event for International Representatives with Governor Newsom and Lt. Governor Kounalakis
CalChamber, December 17, 2020

Interview Series Featuring California’s Key Trading Partners

Brazil – Recent Agreements Provide Framework for Ongoing Partnership in Multiple Sectors
CalChamber, April 6, 2021

Ireland – Green & Gold Recovery: Ireland, California Can Shape Future Post-Pandemic Economy
CalChamber, March 16, 2021

Singapore – Synergy in Many Fields, from Tech to Food, Boosts Ongoing Trade/Investment Success
CalChamber, February 5, 2021

Netherlands – Innovative Spirit, Digital Connections Help Transition to Resilient Economic Future
CalChamber, January 15, 2021

United Kingdom – A New Year, A New Deal: The UK’s Future Relationship with California
CalChamber, January 12, 2021

India – Robust Relations, Cross-Border Startups Create Jobs, Trade Benefits Across Sectors
CalChamber, January 8, 2021

France – Economic Diversity, Foreign Investment Ties Inspire Long-Lasting Partnership in Trade
CalChamber, December 8, 2020

Germany – Similar Positions in Tech Revolution Inspire Climate Actions for a Sustainable Future
CalChamber, December 1, 2020

Australia – Shared Values Underpin Enduring Mateship Producing Jobs, Prosperity for Both Partners
CalChamber, November 17, 2020

South Korea – Economic/Cultural Vitality Provides Base for More Growth in Win-Win Partnership
CalChamber, November 6, 2020

Israel – Similarities Foster Bilateral Partnerships, Advances in Health, Agriculture, Water
CalChamber, October 23, 2020

Belgium – Highly Diversified, Shared Connections Form Network for Growing Trade Relations
 CalChamber, October 16, 2020

Indonesia – Young, Tech Savvy Population Provides Strong Core for Building Future Investment
CalChamber, October 2, 2020

Japan – Longtime Commercial Relations Promote Opportunities to Form Reliable Partnerships
CalChamber, September 18, 2020

Taiwan – Shared Interest in High Tech, Ag Products Elements in Close Economic Collaboration
CalChamber, August 21, 2020

United Kingdom – Cultural Parallels, Mutual Interests Form Core of Strategic Trading Partnership
CalChamber, August 14, 2020

Canada – Friendship with California More Important than Ever in Global Pandemic Fallout
CalChamber, August 7, 2020

Mexico – Ambassador Recaps Trade Pact Highlights, COVID-19 Impact, State Relationship
CalChamber, July 24, 2020

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.

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.

 

Mexico Chief Negotiator Provides Insight
on USMCA at CalChamber Lunch

Dr. Jesús Seade, Undersecretary for North America from Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chief negotiator of the NAFTA/USMCA, at a CalChamber luncheon on January 28, 2020.

(January 30, 2020) The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a “wide, forward-looking agreement” that brought some of the best minds to the negotiating table, Dr. Jesús Seade Kuri, Mexico’s USMCA chief negotiator and undersecretary of foreign affairs for North America, told an intimate gathering of business and government leaders on Tuesday.

The January 28 luncheon held by the California Chamber of Commerce featured remarks from Seade, who explained some of the important aspects of the USMCA.

 

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 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

Diplomacy Matters:
California Leading the Way
NorCal World Trade Center Webinar featuring Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis; Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento, Liliana Ferrer; and Susanne Stirling, VP International Affairs, CalChamber; February 2021

Celebrating International Women’s Day Webinar with Women in International Trade, Los Angeles
Featuring Bella Heule, VP of Business Development, California Closets; Audrey Glover-Dichter, General Counsel, Organization of Women in International Trade; and Susanne Stirling, VP International Affairs, CalChamber; March 2021

Israel Trip Blog - Fall 2017

News and Publications

2017 California Export Guide

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International Events

Jun
17
Thu
Consulate General of Georgia Webinar – Georgia: View from Silicon Valley
Jun 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

2021 marks the 30 year anniversary for the regaining of Georgia’s independence from the Soviet Union. These three decades mark the development of Georgia into a truly democratic state, a liberal economy and a reliable strategic partner to the United States. Within the development of the economy, Georgia established a robust business environment based on strong innovation and technology ecosystem fostering growth of startups throughout the country and the region. Integration of AI into Georgia’s economy and its application across multiple sectors becomes one of the main priorities for effective and efficient development.

Recent global pandemic challenge has accelerated the digitalization process and increased the role of emerging and smaller markets. In this process Georgia is taking the advantage and makes rapid adjustments and reforms in order to boost the FDI through the simplified business procedures, decreased bureaucracy, and increased intellectual and relatively cheaper human capital.

Today’s discussion will focus on the developing trends of global digitalization and its effects on rapidly developing world, as well as explore the urgency in adapting to the age of technology and information. Further strengthening of U.S.-Georgia bilateral relations will rely on the necessity of close ties between the tech sectors of the countries driving innovation and productivity.

Agenda

10:00 – 10:05   Mr. Levan Beridze – Welcoming remarks and brief introduction of the speakers by the Consul General of Georgia in San Francisco

10:05 – 10:10  H.E. Kelly Degnan – Opening Remarks – Ambassador of the United States to Georgia

10:10 – 10:15 H.E David Bakradze – Opening Remarks – Ambassador of Georgia to the United States

10:15 – 10:25 Mr. Mamuka Tsereteli – President of the America-Georgia Business Council

10:25 – 10:30 Introduction of the panel discussion theme and the panelists:

10:30 – 11:30 Digitalizing Georgia: AI in the emerging economies
Moderated by: Levan Beridze – Consul General of Georgia in San Francisco
Speakers:

  • Mr. Irakli Nadareishvili – Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
  • Mr. Mark Caine Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Lead, World Economic Forum
  • Ms. Mariam Lashkhi – MP, Deputy Chair, External Relations Committee, Member of the Education Committee. Associate Professor, Business and Technology University
  • Mr. Zaza Pachulia – Businessman and Investor

 

REGISTER HERE

 

 

Getting Back on Track: Help is Here – Educational Webinar Series
Jun 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Small Business Administration (SBA) & Public Private Strategies Institute (PPSI) are providing several educational opportunities for you to:

* Hear about what steps you can take now to learn and take advantage of new and existing programs that are available at the SBA
* Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration
* Have your questions answered by SBA Leadership & small business experts
* Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community
* Discover tools and resources you can use to take your business digital

This week we are focusing on SBA Region 6 Serving – AK, LA, NM, OK, TX

Disclaimer:
Cosponsorship Authorization # 21-0501-14: The SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products, or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Reasonable Accommodation:

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (such as providing an ASL interpreter) will be made if requested at least 24 hours in advance of this event; please send an email with the subject header ACCOMMODATION REQUEST to reasonableaccommodation@sba.gov. An ASL Interpreter will be available live for the May 20th and June 3rd webinars. All the webinars will be recorded and will be available on sba.gov with subtitles within a few days after the event.

If you need live language interpreters for a webinar, please contact Stephan Jordan via accommodations@publicprivatestrategies.com AT LEAST 72 HOURS prior to the webinar you wish to attend. Please use the date of the webinar you wish to attend as the subject header with INTERPRETER REQUEST and in the email please indicate the language you would like interpreted. If you need assistance with registration or other technical difficulties, please contact Stephan Jordan at events@publicprivatestrategies.com.

Jun
24
Thu
International Trade Update and Business Opportunities for U.S. with Europe, Africa, & Latin America
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for this timely webinar in this 2 part series where trade representatives from Consulates General in Los Angeles will join us from Europe, Africa and Latin America to provide a summary update on international trade relations with the U.S. and present their perspectives for opportunities for U.S. businesses in a panel discussion followed by Q&A. 

 

Jun
29
Tue
Build Back Better Together: Canada-United States
Jun 29 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

The Institute of the Americas’ virtual forum entitled “Build Back Better Together: Canada-United States” will be presented on June 29, 2021. The forum is being organized in cooperation with the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles and the Consulate of Canada in San Diego in honor of Canada Day. The forum will be filmed and rebroadcast by the University of California-Television (UC-TV) which reaches more than 3 million households throughout the state.

The host, the Institute of the Americas, is an independent, inter-American institution located on the University of California San Diego campus devoted to encouraging economic and social reform in the Americas, enhancing private sector collaboration and communication, and strengthening political and economic relations among the nations of Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States and Canada.

For the “Build Back Better Together” forum, we have Katherine Baird, Deputy Head of Mission for the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. delivering the opening keynote address. Ms. Baird’s address will be followed by a panel focused on US-Canada trade and investment that includes the participation of Ian Saunders, Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as Eric Miller, Colin Robertson and Kirstine Stewart, (bios attached) moderated by David Weaver, Chairman and CEO, Intercap Energy Systems  (agenda attached).  The forum will close with remarks by United States Congressman Brian Higgins, Chairman of the Northern Border Caucus.  We expect 300-500 business leaders to attend the virtual forum.

Uniting US and UK LGBTQ+ Communities: Making Pride Inclusive
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

More International Events

Staff Contact

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