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

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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 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.

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International Events

May
28
Thu
Inaugural Women’s Global Trade Empowerment Forum: Expanding Trade in North America & Beyond
May 28 – Aug 6 all-day

Inaugural Women’s Global Trade Empowerment Forum: Expanding Trade in North America & Beyond

Series Schedule:
May 28 (Inauguration), June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23, August 6

Location: Virtual platform

Cost: $95 for the complete six-part web series

This is a must-attend event for women entrepreneurs who wish to boldly grow their business into new markets! In anticipation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), this dynamic forum provides a truly unique opportunity to gain the tools, skills and networks to build an export strategy and develop business connections.

• Featuring Industry Leaders from the following sectors: Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Design & Construction, Education, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, and Medical Devices & Services
• Market Country Outlooks and Global Trade Skills Development
• B2B and B2G Business Development Meetings
• Access to Markets, Networks, Mentors, and Capital

For more information and to register your interest, visit: https://northtexasdec.regfox.com/wgtefregistration.

Please contact Jessica.Gordon@trade.gov or Richard.Swanson@trade.gov for questions regarding the event or sponsorship details.

May
31
Sun
Trade Americas – Business Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Conference
May 31 – Jun 5 all-day

The 2020 Trade Americas program offers U.S. companies the opportunity to explore fourteen markets in the Caribbean Region: The Bahamas, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Hosted in Bridgetown, Barbados, the Trade Americas – Business Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Conference will focus on region-specific sessions, market entry strategies, export compliance, legal, logistics, disaster resilience and recovery and trade financing resources. You will also be able to have prearranged one-on-one consultations with U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (US & FCS) commercial officers and/or Department of State economic/commercial officers with expertise in commercial markets throughout the region. The Caribbean region as a whole represents a market of about 27 million people who collectively imported over $21 billion of U.S. goods in 2018. As a result, the region is the 3rd largest export market for U.S. manufactured goods in Latin America behind only Mexico and Brazil. The Caribbean region is a natural commercial partner of the United States, tied closely together by geography, history, and culture. There is a huge demand for U.S.-made products in the region.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Jun
9
Tue
Webinar: Electromobility/Infrastructure Business Opportunities in Chile
Jun 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Overview
Chile’s ambitious plan to increase the number of electric vehicles and modernize its transportation infrastructure is an ideal opportunity for U.S. companies to grow their presence in South America’s leading electromobility market.

Objectives
Learn about Chilean electromobility projects to upgrade the country transportation infrastructure to support the latest clean energy technologies and the resources available to support your company in the market.

Event Information
• Chile is considered a model for Latin America in electromobility with the largest fleet of electric buses (386) in the public transportation system.
• Chile is the one of the world main Lithium producers, an essential content in batteries for electric transportation.
• The Chilean Government Energy Efficiency Agenda involves promoting electromobility in both public and private sectors.
• The webinar will include information on upcoming projects and tenders, as well as the tools and resources to successfully enter the Chilean market.

Please read the following information carefully:
• The U.S. Commercial Service requires event registrants to accept specific Terms and Conditions and review Product Standards before payment can be collected.
• Please read the Privacy Act Notice.
• Date: June 9, 2020 at 1PM EST
• Cost: $25 per participant (Ask about the Infrastructure Webinar Series in Latin America, a total of eight webinars for $120)
• Venue: Your Computer
• The online portion of the Webinar can be accessed 15 minutes prior to its scheduled start time.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Webinar: Site Visits, Enforcement Actions and Voluntary Disclosures
Jun 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Overview
Practical guidance on how to handle site visits, administrative, civil and criminal investigations and enforcement actions, and evaluating whether to voluntarily disclose potential or actual violations to the government.

Objectives
How to handle site visits, administrative, civil and criminal investigations and enforcement actions, and evaluating whether to voluntarily disclose potential or actual violations to the government.

The presentation will address:

• The new “OFAC Compliance Framework” and its anticipated impact to individual and company accountability.
• An overview of coordinated, multi-agency export control and economic sanctions enforcement authorities
• Considerations for handling site visits and conducting internal investigations involving potential export control or economic sanction violations
• The evaluation process for determining whether to voluntarily disclose a potential or actual violation to the government

Please read the following information carefully:

  • The U.S. Commercial Service requires event registrants to accept specific Terms and Conditions and review Product Standards before payment can be collected.
  • Please read the Privacy Act Notice.
  • This webinar will take place Tuesday, June 9 from 1:00-2:30pm Eastern. Pre-registration and payment is required.
  • Once payment is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email with dial in details.
  • To participate in the webinar, you will need phone and internet access.

To register for this event, please click here.

Jun
10
Wed
Webinar: Upcoming Energy Projects in the Caribbean Region
Jun 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Overview
Caribbean countries are expected to issue several billion dollars in tenders related to the energy. There are increasing opportunities for renewable energy technologies and LNG.

Objectives
Learn about Energy projects in the Caribbean Region

Event Information
• Energy exploration and production drive the economy of Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana with new opportunities in Suriname and the Dominican Republic.
• In the Dominican Republic alone, energy projects over the next two years are expected to be in excess of $3 billion.
• Most of the countries offer several advantages for U.S. Companies: Proximity, affinity for U.S. brands, generally English speaking, purchasing power
• Renewable energy is an emerging sector in the Caribbean Region. Currently, more than 80 percent of the Region’s electricity is generated from fossil fuels.

Please read the following information carefully:
• The U.S. Commercial Service requires event registrants to accept specific Terms and Conditions and review Product Standards before payment can be collected.
• Please read the Privacy Act Notice.
• Date: June 10, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
• Cost: $25 per participant (Ask about the Energy Webinar Series in Latin America, a total of eight webinars for $120)
• Venue: Your Computer
• The Web portion of the Webinar can be accessed 15 minutes prior to its scheduled start time.

For more information or to register, please click here.

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Staff Contact

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