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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

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

International Forum: California Continues to Blaze Trail in Trade

(May 29, 2018) U.S. and California politics and trade priorities, global connections and the importance of exports were the topics discussed by an international trade expert, a veteran political columnist and an economist at the recent international forum presented by the California Chamber of Commerce.The May 23 forum, moderated by Susanne T. Stirling, CalChamber vice president of international affairs, brought together nearly 200 attendees, including representatives of the business community, CalChamber Board members, representatives of the California consular corps and foreign economic partners, plus representatives of state, local and federal governments.

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.

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 california-mexicomission.calchamber.com 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

Awards

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.

Israel Trip Blog - Fall 2017

Recent News

 

News and Publications

2017 California Export Guide

Resources

International Contacts

Councils

Coalitions

International Events

Dec
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Business H2O: Water Innovation Summit
Dec 10 – Dec 11 all-day

The Summit will bring together business leaders, government officials, and water experts to discuss best practices in corporate water stewardship and public policies to address the ever growing, global demand for water. Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona will be the keynote speaker.

To learn more about the summit, please visit:   www.H2Oinnovationsummit.com

Register Here: https://www.cvent.com/c/express/d085ec52-195b-467a-9ffc-1977fbbed3ae

Early Bird (before Oct 1): $50 (Members),  $65 (Non-Members) Regular (after Oct 1): $75 (Members),  $90 (Non-Members)

Save the Date information: http://www.h2oinnovationsummit.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/BusinessH2O-SAVE-THE-DATE-and-SPONSORSHIP.pdf

 

Discover Global Markets: Indo-Pacific
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – Dec 12 @ 5:00 pm

 

Discover Global Markets: Indo-Pacific will be a unique forum for U.S. companies to explore sales channels and the project pipeline in the civil aviation, defense, and security sectors across the Indo-Pacific region.  Conference sessions and one-on-one meetings will allow participants to dive deeper into markets of interest and hear from experts on market challenges, sales outlook, and proven strategies for developing partners in Australia, Bangladesh, Burma, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.  We expect to have U.S. Government representatives from each of these markets on hand to meet with participating U.S. companies.  Additionally, we expect the attendance of foreign buyers from markets such as Australia, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Vietnam.

This one-and-a-half-day event will consist of several plenaries and keynotes, but the focus of the event is networking.  When the attendees are not in the plenaries or luncheon keynote, they will have the choice to attend a “trade talk” or self-schedule meetings and network with visiting U.S. Commercial Diplomats, foreign buyers, U.S. OEMs and other like-minded exporters looking to grow their business in the Indo Pacific region.

Topics include:

  • The Indo-Pacific Strategy and its Impact on U.S. Economic Security and Export Growth (lead by Major General Joaquin F. Malavet, Director, Strategic Planning and Policy, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command)
  • Supply Chain Optimization in the Face of Innovation & Disruption: Materials, Process, and Supply
  • New Frontiers for Space Commerce

For more information or to register, please click here: https://connect.eventtia.com/en/dmz/dgmindopacific/website/page/bb4f3dc5-2

SF Asia Roadshow
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – Dec 12 @ 5:00 pm

Leverage Growing Business Opportunities in Taipei and Taichung

Taiwan has become one of the world’s fastest growing economies over the past several decades, thanks to its favorable economic policies and proximity to the ASEAN economies. With a gross domestic product (GDP) of $1.075 trillion in 2014, Taiwan’s economy is the 20th largest in the world by purchasing power parity (PPP), making it extremely important for international investment, commerce, and supply chain activities.

Industrial sector focus:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Advanced Manufacturing

Why attend?

  • Bespoke B2B matchmaking
  • Attend global business forums to meet with key industry leaders
  • Customized industrial site visits, including networking opportunities and introductions
  • Opportunity to highlight company to key investors through pitch sessions and events
  • U.S. Dept. of Commerce Gold Key activities (upon request)

The SFAsia Roadshow provides a customizable vehicle from which to gain market insights, leverage the San Francisco brand for your business interests while exploring the opportunities of this Asian market. Delegates will participate in business forums, network with Asian investors, join site visits and learn about the nuances of doing business in Taiwan.

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

 

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

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

For more information, please visit: https://www.districtexportcouncil.org/

Jun
10
Mon
Select USA Investment Summit
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – Jun 12 @ 5:00 pm

2019’s SelectUSA Investment Summit will take place from June 10-12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Hilton.

Throughout its existence, the Investment Summit has been a key contributor to advancing the Department of Commerce’s mission to support U.S. economic growth and create opportunities for hardworking Americans. Past Investment Summit participants have announced $98 billion in new investment projects which have been responsible for creating more than 150,000 American jobs.

For more information, please visit: https://www.selectusasummit.us/Home

More International Events

Staff Contact

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