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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.

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$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 $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

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

Mar
1
Sun
51st World Trade Centers Association Annual General Assembly
Mar 1 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Following the past two General Assemblies in Leeuwarden and Querétaro, this upcoming General Assembly in Taipei will also focus on enhancing the creation of business opportunities. World Trade Center (WTC) Taipei, would like to encourage you to bring your local businesses and lead a delegation to Taipei. WTC Taipei will organize a special Business Meeting session for you and your member companies. You can find great partners not only with Taipei, but with the rest of the world, thus creating more opportunities for cooperation to benefit our respective businesses.

Highlights of the 51st General Assembly                               Industry Focuses
Explore Asia’s business opportunities                                          Agriculture & Smart Agriculture
Participate in matchmaking services and B2B meetings                Green Technology
Partner with Taipei and the rest of the world                                Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Artificial Intelligence  Connect to the digital era                                                           (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT)
Gain industry insights and exchange expertise                             Medical Services & Smart Healthcare
Celebrate the WTCA’s 50th anniversary                                       Smart City
Explore Taipei via Taipei Cycle, a new view on cycling                   Smart Manufacturing
Startup & Innovation

Follow the conversation on social media using #WTCAGA2020.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Mar
2
Mon
51st World Trade Centers Association Annual General Assembly
Mar 2 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Following the past two General Assemblies in Leeuwarden and Querétaro, this upcoming General Assembly in Taipei will also focus on enhancing the creation of business opportunities. World Trade Center (WTC) Taipei, would like to encourage you to bring your local businesses and lead a delegation to Taipei. WTC Taipei will organize a special Business Meeting session for you and your member companies. You can find great partners not only with Taipei, but with the rest of the world, thus creating more opportunities for cooperation to benefit our respective businesses.

Highlights of the 51st General Assembly                               Industry Focuses
Explore Asia’s business opportunities                                          Agriculture & Smart Agriculture
Participate in matchmaking services and B2B meetings                Green Technology
Partner with Taipei and the rest of the world                                Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Artificial Intelligence  Connect to the digital era                                                           (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT)
Gain industry insights and exchange expertise                             Medical Services & Smart Healthcare
Celebrate the WTCA’s 50th anniversary                                       Smart City
Explore Taipei via Taipei Cycle, a new view on cycling                   Smart Manufacturing
Startup & Innovation

Follow the conversation on social media using #WTCAGA2020.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Mar
3
Tue
51st World Trade Centers Association Annual General Assembly
Mar 3 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Following the past two General Assemblies in Leeuwarden and Querétaro, this upcoming General Assembly in Taipei will also focus on enhancing the creation of business opportunities. World Trade Center (WTC) Taipei, would like to encourage you to bring your local businesses and lead a delegation to Taipei. WTC Taipei will organize a special Business Meeting session for you and your member companies. You can find great partners not only with Taipei, but with the rest of the world, thus creating more opportunities for cooperation to benefit our respective businesses.

Highlights of the 51st General Assembly                               Industry Focuses
Explore Asia’s business opportunities                                          Agriculture & Smart Agriculture
Participate in matchmaking services and B2B meetings                Green Technology
Partner with Taipei and the rest of the world                                Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Artificial Intelligence  Connect to the digital era                                                           (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT)
Gain industry insights and exchange expertise                             Medical Services & Smart Healthcare
Celebrate the WTCA’s 50th anniversary                                       Smart City
Explore Taipei via Taipei Cycle, a new view on cycling                   Smart Manufacturing
Startup & Innovation

Follow the conversation on social media using #WTCAGA2020.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Mar
4
Wed
51st World Trade Centers Association Annual General Assembly
Mar 4 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Following the past two General Assemblies in Leeuwarden and Querétaro, this upcoming General Assembly in Taipei will also focus on enhancing the creation of business opportunities. World Trade Center (WTC) Taipei, would like to encourage you to bring your local businesses and lead a delegation to Taipei. WTC Taipei will organize a special Business Meeting session for you and your member companies. You can find great partners not only with Taipei, but with the rest of the world, thus creating more opportunities for cooperation to benefit our respective businesses.

Highlights of the 51st General Assembly                               Industry Focuses
Explore Asia’s business opportunities                                          Agriculture & Smart Agriculture
Participate in matchmaking services and B2B meetings                Green Technology
Partner with Taipei and the rest of the world                                Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Artificial Intelligence  Connect to the digital era                                                           (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT)
Gain industry insights and exchange expertise                             Medical Services & Smart Healthcare
Celebrate the WTCA’s 50th anniversary                                       Smart City
Explore Taipei via Taipei Cycle, a new view on cycling                   Smart Manufacturing
Startup & Innovation

Follow the conversation on social media using #WTCAGA2020.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Mar
5
Thu
International Trade Luncheon with Consul General of Mexico Remedios Gomez Arnau
Mar 5 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

More International Events

Staff Contact

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