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

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

Interview Series Featuring California’s Key Trading Partners

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

UK – 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

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 $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


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


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


International Contacts



International Events

Webinar Series: Protecting the Most Important Asset – Your IP
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.

Virtual 94th Annual World Trade Week
Sep 22 @ 8:00 am – 12:45 pm

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For over 93years, World Trade Week (WTW), an initiative of the L.A. Area Chamber, has been the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country. Join us Tuesday, Sept. 22 for an exciting morning of networking, virtual exhibits and expert speakers as the program goes virtual this year!
WTW dedicates itself to educating the public on the importance and benefits of global trade on the local and national economy through a series of educational programs and events.
World Trade Week supports college and high school scholarships, high school student workshops, as well as briefings for civic and business leaders interested in benefiting from the global economy.

8:00 – 9:00 AM – EXPO HALL
9:00 – 11:00 AM – PROGRAM
11:00am – 12:00pm – NETWORKING

Register here.


Webinar: China BRI: The Silk Road – Business, National Security, and Geopolitical Impact of the Pandemic
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

How exactly does the U.S. compete with China’s BRI?

What does the future trade relationship between China and the U.S. look like?

What do U.S. firms do for supply chain reorganization, onshoring, diversification and new markets?

How does the USMCA fit into this picture?

What about other options and markets?


David Day, NADEC Trade Policy Co-Chair and Chairman, Belt & Road Task Force of the American Bar Association’s International Section

Rudy Ortiz, CGBP, NADEC Trade Policy Co-Chair

Christina Anne Luhn,
PhD, Consul-Senior Trade Policy Advisor, British Consulate-General Houston and former NADEC Board Member

For more information or to register, please click here

Select USA Virtual Tour of Los Angeles: Opportunities in Sustainability
Sep 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Americas Business e-Meetings: Regional B2B
Sep 29 – Oct 1 all-day

AmCham/Mexico would like to invite you to participate in our second “Americas Business e-Meetings: Regional B2B”, a regional business matchmaking and networking online event. This event seeks to strengthen regional trade and investment to help our member companies as a response to the economic impact of COVID-19. Our first edition, hosted in May of this year, included over 350 participating companies.

The “Americas Business e-Meetings: Regional B2B”, will be held from September 29 to October 1st and the entire event will be hosted in our matchmaking platform. In order to answer any questions regarding the logistics or registration for the event, we hosted a series of webinars in which addressed questions or concerns.

English session:

Spanish session:

We hope you can join us in helping our companies recover and strengthening trade and investment in the Americas!

For more information or to register, please click here.

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Staff Contact

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