CITU National


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Featured Headlines

Governor Newsom to Speak at Virtual Host Breakfast on May 13
CalChamber, May 11, 2021

Capitol Summit, Host Breakfast Go Virtual – Wednesday and Thursday, May 12 and 13, 2021
CalChamber, April 21, 2021

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


Trade Policy

From the White House

Remarks by President Biden on the Economy
May 10, 2021

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s Participation in the Bucharest Nine Virtual Summit
May 10, 2021

Statement From Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson Symone Sanders on Vice President Kamala Harris’s Virtual Bilateral Meeting with President Andres Manuel López Obrador of Mexico
May 7, 2021

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed
May 4, 2021

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request for The Department of Commerce
House Appropriations Committee, May 6, 2021

Statement of Gina M. Raimondo Secretary U.S. Department of Commerce Before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies “Department of Commerce Fiscal Year 2022 Discretionary Request”
May 6, 2021

Biden-Harris Administration Outlines “America the Beautiful” Initiative
May 6, 2021

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo 51st Annual Washington Council of the Americas (Virtual)
May 4, 2021

From the U.S. Trade Representative

Senate Finance Committee Hearing on The President’s 2021 Trade Policy Agenda
on Wednesday, May 12 at 9:30am

Ways and Means Committee Hearing on the Biden Administration’s 2021 Trade Policy Agenda
on Thursday, May 13 at 10:00am

Biden’s USTR Ramps Up Outreach to US Farmers, Ranchers
Agri-Pulse, May 7, 2021

Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s Virtual Meeting with Chief Executive Officer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Colin Woodall
May 7, 2021

USTR Releases Agency Transparency Principles
May 7, 2021

Statement from Ambassador Katherine Tai on the Covid-19 Trips Waiver
May 5, 2021

Statement From Ambassador Katherine Tai on WTO Deputy Directors-General Appointments
May 4, 2021

From the U.S. Department of State

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Virtual Remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Multilateralism
May 7, 2021

34th U.S.-ASEAN Dialogue
May 6, 2021

United States, Paraguay, and Taiwan Identify and Create Partnership Opportunities in Renewable Energy Applications
May 6, 2021

The United States and Ukraine: Strategic Partners
May 5, 2021

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with UK Prime Minister Johnson
May 4, 2021

Joint Statement on the C5+1 Virtual Ministerial
May 4, 2021

From the International Trade Administration

The Silver Linings of Virtual Commercial Diplomacy
May 6, 2021

From the World Trade Organization

DG Okonjo-Iweala Talks COVID Response, Recovery with Italian Officials
May 10, 2021

Participants in Services Domestic Regulation Talks Share National Practices
May 10, 2021

New Booklet Highlights Key Results of 2020 Work on Standards and Regulations
May 10, 2021

Statement of Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on USTR Tai’s Statement on the TRIPS Waiver
May 6, 2021

Trade and Public Health, Fish Subsidies and LDC Concerns in General Council Spotlight
May 6, 2021

WTO Urges Rapid Start of Vaccine Talks After U.S. Move
Reuters, May 6, 2021

General Council: Remarks by DG Okonjo-Iweala on the IP Waiver
May 5, 2021

DG Okonjo-Iweala Underlines Urgent Need to Address Equitable Access to Vaccines
May 5, 2021

Trade Agreements

AFL-CIO, SEIU, SNITIS And Public Citizen Announce Filing of First USMCA ‘Rapid Response Mechanism’ Labor Case to Fight for Mexican Workers Denied Independent Union Representation
AFL-CIO, May 10, 2021

U.S. Unions Lodge First Mexico Labor Grievance Under New NAFTA
Reuters, May 10, 2021

Peru, Nicaragua Begin Free Trade Agreement Negotiations
XinhuaNet, May 11, 2021

Malaysia Eyes Fresh Free Trade Talks with EU
DW, May 10, 2021

Post-Brexit Trade Deals Mean Firms Will Miss Out on Freeport Benefits
The Guardian, May 10, 2021

Israel and South Korea to Sign Free Trade Pact
Reuters, May 9, 2021

Mercosur Countries Sign Digital Trade Deal
EurasiaReview, May 9, 2021

EU and India Agree Trade Reboot to Confront China Threats
Bloomberg, May 8, 2021

The Opportunities are Vast in a Potential U.S.-Kenya Free Trade Agreement
U.S. Chamber, May 6, 2021

Merkel Wants Europe, United States to Aim for New Trade Deal
Reuters, May 5, 2021

U.S., China to Assess Phase 1 Deal Soon, Biden Trade Chief Says
Reuters, May 5, 2021

EU Puts Up Guard to Chinese Firms, Cools on Trade Deal
Reuters, May 5, 2021


Rahm Emanuel to Be Appointed US Ambassador to Japan
Financial Times, May 10, 2021

U.S. Business Lobby Calls on China to Play Fair, Warns of Consumer Boycott Danger
Reuters, May 10, 2021

Biden Administration to Name Thea Lee to Top Labor Department Post
The Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2021

Retail Cargo Imports Set New Record as Economy Recovers
American Journal of Transportation, May 7, 2021

U.S. Senate China Bill Would Create ‘Chief Manufacturing’ Post in Research Boost
Reuters, May 7, 2021

China’s Trade Surges as Global Stimulus Keeps Export Boom Going
Bloomberg, May 6, 2021

Biden Administration Issues Support for Waiving Vaccine Intellectual Property Rules
U.S. News & World Report, May 5, 2021

More International Articles

Inflation Kicks Off Race for EU’s First Rate Hike This Year
Bloomberg, May 11, 2021

Chinese Manufacturers Sidestep Trade Barriers by Buying Factories Overseas
The Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2021

China’s Emissions Now Exceed All the Developed World’s Combined
Bloomberg, May 6, 2021

California-China Climate Institute Releases Groundbreaking Report Detailing Shared Pathways to Carbon Neutrality for the U.S. and China
Berkeley California-China Climate Institute, May 5, 2021

The Chip Shortage Keeps Getting Worse. Why Can’t We Just Make More?
Bloomberg, May 5, 2021

Iron Ore to Displace Soybeans as Brazil’s Main Export Earner -Trade Body
Reuters, May 4, 2021

U.S. Home Builders Call For End to Canadian Lumber Trade War
Vancouver Island Free Daily, May 4, 2021

International Events

California Edition

International COVID-19 Information 

California’s Place in the New Global Economy
Apr 22 – Jun 9 all-day

The New Economy Conference—California’s Place in the New Global Economy

April 21, 2021—May 25, 2021

10-11:30 am PST Weekly

The conference series is co-sponsored by the State of California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz). It is designed to identify the impact of Covid-19 on the competitiveness and resilience of the economy of the San Francisco Bay Area region, and, more broadly, the State of California.

Global SF Event
CMEF – China Medical Equipment Fair
May 13 @ 8:00 am – May 16 @ 5:00 pm
CITC Virtual Trade Mission Preparation and eTrade Readiness
May 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

This two-hour virtual event hosted and presented by the California International Trade Center (CITC) will help prepare SMEs in identifying and leveraging virtual trade missions to benefit their eCommerce operations overseas.  Partners and presenters include the US Commercial Service, SBA Export, EXIM Bank and the Long Beach City Chamber of Commerce.  Topics covered include:

1. Getting the Most from a Virtual Trade Mission
Understanding the logistical elements of VTMs, developing your sales and marketing presence, and how to follow up on prospective leads.

2. Identifying the Right Virtual Trade Mission
Selecting the most appropriate overseas markets for your business and knowing how best to prepare and navigate the VTM requirements for that region.

3. Financing Your Virtual Trade Mission and Overseas Operations
Understanding the costs associated with VTMs, direct and indirect, and knowing your financing options.

4. Managing the Buyer/Distributor Relationship
Once you’ve participated in a VTM, learn how to extend your operations as efficiently as possible in the field.

Digital Business Solutions – Intro to Website Globalization for Manufacturers Pt.1
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  Manufacturers interested in learning about how to globalize their website and the importance of it to international growth will learn about resources that are available to them through the U.S. Commercial Service.
  To understand how effective globalized websites can drive international business to American manufacturing companies.
Event Information
  • Discover the basics of a globalized website.
  • Learn how a digital strategy can benefit traditional manufacturers, including those who manufacture large capital equipment.
  • Get a preview of the Website Globalization Review (WGR) Gap Analysis.
Please read the following information carefully:

  • The U.S. Commercial Service requires event registrants to accept specific Terms and Conditions and review Product Standards.
  • Please read the Privacy Act Notice.
  • Thursday, May 13, 2021 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm ET/ 11:00 am- 12:00 am PT
  • You will receive 3 emails. First email is your registration receipt. Second email contains participation information. Third- 24 hour reminder.
  • Participation is via Microsoft Teams on computer or mobile device. No app download required. Webinar can be accessed through your device’s web browser.
Orange County World Trade Week – Trade: The Path to Recovery and Growth in 2021
May 18 @ 8:30 am – May 20 @ 6:00 pm

Welcome to a Virtual
Orange County World Trade Week 2021!

The District Export Council Southern California invites you to join us and hundreds of your colleagues at the most prestigious trade event in Orange County.

hree Full Days of Content and Networking…

Tuesday, May 18

Exporting. Industry Sectors. Country Opportunities.

Don’t miss this global 360! Thanks to our regional US Commercial Service and the SBA, industry and exporting experts share their experience, advice and forecasts for Tourism, Med Tech, Aerospace and for Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Wednesday, May 19

China. Ports & Supply Chain. Mexico, Canada and US Trade.

Join us for a deep dive into the geopolitical, logistics and trade deals that are impacting the trade landscape and reveals everything you ever wanted to know about exporting in 2021 – who, what, where, when and why – about your exporting decisions.

Thursday, May 20

Global Economy. Ask the Experts. Women in Trade.

Tune in to learn how the global economy will influence the trade environment and exporting. Spend time with trade, country and financing experts here to help you with your exporting questions. And follow the activities of women in trade.


More International Events


PODCAST: The Trade Guys, Center for Strategic and International Studies 

PODCAST: Global Translations, Politico

World Trade Organization

Federal Government:

The White House


The U.S. Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. State Department

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Trade Representative

U.S. Small Business Administration

Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

Susanne Stirling, Vice President International Affairs

Nikki Ellis, Assistant, International Affairs


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