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Next CITU will be on Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Featured Headlines

From left: CalChamber Board member Rick Fowler, U.K. Trade Secretary Elizabeth Truss, British Consul General Joe White, CalChamber Vice President for International Affairs Susanne Stirling..

CalChamber-Hosted Lunch for UK Trade Secretary Provides Opportunity to Reiterate Shared Goals
CalChamber, July 16, 2021

Liz Truss’s Meeting with USTR Ambassador Katherine Tai
Government of the United Kingdom, July 15, 2021

U.S., UK Trade Chiefs Meet, Agree to Strengthen Bilateral Ties
Reuters, July 13, 2021

Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s Meeting with United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Trade Elizabeth Truss
U.S. Trade Representative, July 13, 2021

Travel Industry Poised to Boost California’s Recovery by Caroline Beteta, President & CEO of Visit California
CalChamber, July 19, 2021
AP Interview: US Firms in Hong Kong Face Risks, Says AmCham
AP, July 19, 2021AmCham Statement on Business Environment in Hong Kong
AmCham Hong Kong, July 16, 2021Issuance of a Hong Kong Business Advisory
U.S. Department of State, July 16, 2021

Trade Policy

From the White House

The United States, Joined by Allies and Partners, Attributes Malicious Cyber Activity and Irresponsible State Behavior to the People’s Republic of China
July 19, 2021

President Biden Announces Seven Key Nominations (Including Ambassadors to Brunei, Bosnia and Herzegovina, New Zealand, and Botswana)
July 16, 2021

Readout of President Joe Biden’s Participation in the APEC Virtual Leaders’ Retreat
July 16, 2021

Readout of President Joe Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand
July 15, 2021

Remarks by President Biden and Chancellor Merkel of the Federal Republic of Germany in Press Conference
July 15, 2021

Statement on Vice President Kamala Harris’s Meeting with Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
July 15, 2021

FACT SHEET: U.S.-Germany Climate and Energy Partnership
July 15, 2021

President Biden Announces 11 Key Nominations (Including Jeff Flake as Ambassador to Turkey)
July 13, 2021

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

Stakeholders From Across The Home Building Supply Chain Applaud Biden Administration Ahead Of Convening
July 16, 2021

U.S. Census Bureau to Release First Look at Nation’s Demographic Characteristics from 2020 Census
July 15, 2021

Commerce’s NTIA Releases Report on Current and Projected Federal Use of Spectrum by Space-Based Systems
July 15, 2021

Secretary Raimondo Announces $153 Million to Promote Innovation in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing
July 14, 2021

From the U.S. Trade Representative

Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s Meeting with Spain’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Reyes Maroto
July 20, 2021

Readout of Ambassador Tai’s Call with Kazakhstan Minister of Trade and Integration Bakhyt Sultanov
July 15, 2021

Readout of Ambassador Tai’s Meeting with Indonesia Minister of Trade Muhammad Lutfi
July 13, 2021

Senate Finance Advances Deputy USTR Nominees
Politico, July 13, 2021

From the Department of State

Responding to the PRC’s Destabilizing and Irresponsible Behavior in Cyberspace
July 19, 2021

Joint Statement of the C5+1 on the International Conference “Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity. Challenges and Opportunities”
July 16, 2021

Marking One Year of Hong Kong’s National Security Law
July 16, 2021

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with ASEAN Foreign Ministers and the ASEAN Secretary General
July 13, 2021

From the World Trade Organization

United States Announces Intention to Join WTO Initiative on Services Domestic Regulation, Support Conclusion of Negotiations by MC12
U.S. Trade Representative, July 20, 2021

WTO Publishes List of Bottlenecks and Facilitating Measures on Critical COVID-19 Products
July 20, 2021

World Trade Organization Voices Optimism After Fisheries Meeting, but Says ‘Gaps’ Remain
South China Morning Post, July 16, 2021

WTO Members Edge Closer to Fisheries Subsidies Agreement
July 15, 2021

WTO Issues New Edition of World Tariff Profiles
July 14, 2021

DG Okonjo-Iweala Welcomes Progress on Investment Facilitation
July 13, 2021

Trade Agreements

Ambassador Katherine Tai Commends the Treasury Department and the State Bank of Vietnam for Reaching an Agreement Regarding Vietnam’s Currency Practices
U.S. Trade Representative, July 19, 2021Vietnam Pledges Not to Devalue Currency in Agreement with U.S. Treasury
Reuters, July 19, 2021

S. Korea to Lift Tariffs on Imports from Indonesia, Israel Under Trade Deals
The Korea Herald, July 20, 2021

India and EU Set to Resume Free Trade Agreement Talks After 8 Years
Telegraph India, July 19, 2021

Britain Sets Out Plan to Stimulate Trade with Developing Economies
Reuters, July 18, 2021

Pakistan’s Uzbekistan Agrees to Conclude Preferential Trade Agreement
Eminetra, July 17, 2021

Ministry to Propose Frameworks for FTAs
Bangkok Post, July 17, 2021

Japan, Australia to Promote Regional Trade Deals
Japan Today, July 16, 2021

U.S. Clashes With Mexico, Canada on Car Rules in USMCA Risk
Bloomberg, July 16, 2021

US Anti-China Digital Trade Deal Seen as ‘Dead in the Water’ for Joe Biden in Asia
South China Morning Post, July 16, 2021

Divorce Bill Dispute Roughens Relations: Beyond Brexit
Bloomberg, July 15, 2021

Peruvian Congress Ratifies the Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty
The Rio Times, July 15, 2021

Africa Nations Plan $8 Billion Fund to Offset Trade-Pact Losses
Bloomberg, July 15, 2021

Ecuador’s Government Intends to Negotiate Trade Agreement with U.S.
The Rio Times, July 14, 2021

Turkey, Malaysia Resolve to Expand Free Trade Agreement
Hurriyet Daily News, July 14, 2021

Pence Presses Trade Deal with Taiwan, Slams Biden on China
Politico, July 14, 2021

India Begins Talks on Free Trade Agreement with UAE
The Hindu Business Line, July 13, 2021


How a US Trade Agency Blundered in Evaluating Trade Agreements
Peterson Institute for International Economics, July 16, 2021

Port Chief Sees U.S. Import Surge ‘Easily’ Lasting into 2022
American Journal of Transportation, July 20, 2021

Trump’s China Tariffs Near $100B Mark
Politico, July 19, 2021

Canada to Open Border Aug. 9 to Fully Vaccinated U.S. Travelers
Politico, July 19, 2021

The Futility of ‘Product of USA’ Labeling in a World of Global Supply Chains
The Hill, July 17, 2021

Yellen Says China Trade Deal Has ‘Hurt American Consumers’
The New York Times, July 16, 2021

Biden to Tap Former Ambassador to France as His Ambassador to the UK After Lengthy Search
CNN, July 16, 2021

Biden Faces Hard Sell in Asia for Anti-China Digital Trade Pact
Bloomberg, July 15, 2021

Biden Can Win Friends and Influence With a Digital Trade Deal
Bloomberg, July 12, 2021

More International Articles


China is Buying Up American Farms. Washington Wants to Crack Down.
Politico, July 19, 2021

How China Is Helping to Damp Global Inflation
The Wall Street Journal, July 18, 2021

Xi Sidesteps APEC Talks with Biden as Leaders Grapple with Virus
American Journal of Transportation, July 16, 2021

China Buys Friends With Ports and Roads. Now the U.S. Is Trying to Compete.
The Wall Street Journal, July 15, 2021

China Slams ‘Sinister’ U.S. Over Hong Kong, Digital Trade Deal
Bloomberg, July 13, 2021

Taiwan Angers China with First Europe Office Using its Name
American Journal of Transportation, July 20, 2021

How Barriers to Cross-Border Data Flows Are Spreading Globally, What They Cost, and How to Address Them
Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, July 19, 2021

Germany’s Export-Driven Foreign Policy is Being Challenged
The Economist, July 17, 2021

European Union Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis on EU-US Relations
The Washington Diplomat, July 15, 2021

Container Rates to U.S. Top $10,000 as Shipping Crunch Tightens
Bloomberg, July 15, 2021

Europe Rolls Out Plan to Shift From Fossil Fuels, an Effort That Could Impact Trade
The New York Times, July 14, 2021

Panama Canal Transits Rise as World Trade Recovers From Pandemic
Bloomberg, July 14, 2021

International Events

California Edition

International COVID-19 Information 

2021 Taiwan Trade Shows
Jul 1 – Nov 5 all-day

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers of FOOD TAIPEI MEGA SHOWS 2021, TAITRA, TFPMA, TPA and Chan Chao International, announce that the trade shows rescheduled to October 6-9, 2021 at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1 & Hall 2 (TaiNEX1&2). This decision was made in consideration of the health and safety of exhibitors and visitors.

FOOD TAIPEI MEGA SHOWS comprise five concurrently-held trade shows, including FOOD TAIPEI, FOODTECH TAIPEI, BIO/ PHARMATECH TAIWAN, TAIPEI PACK, and TAIWAN HORECA. In addition to the physical shows, FOOD TAIPEI MEGA SHOWS ONLINE will be launched for a month from October 6th to November 5th with the online services including virtual booths display, meeting scheduling and message leaving. FOOD TAIPEI MEGA SHOWS present the complete supply chain of Taiwan’s food industry and products of exhibitors from other countries, which provide global buyers a one-stop procurement platform with high quality, reliability, and innovation.

Medical Taiwan 2021 regret to announce that the physical show has been postponed to October 14th -16th due to concerns about spreading COVID-19 infections.

Following on from the latest developments in the spread of COVID-19, the Taiwan Center for Disease Control currently recommends suspending or postponing large-scale public gatherings. TAITRA, the organizer of Medical Taiwan 2021, has taken this recommendation into consideration and made the decision to prioritize public health and welfare at this time.

Medical Taiwan 2021 have been made possible by a digital transformation of the show by building up online services and strategies to promote business between exhibitors and buyers. It will feature virtual booths, online meetings, and video conferencing. The virtual show will be scheduled to October 7th – 21st.

For updated info, please refer to the following websites:








Export Compliance 101: I have an Export License, now what?
Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

What are the documents you need to stay compliant with the Export Law? This webinar will provide you with a broad overview of the basic documents that you must obtain and file with the Department of Commerce and Department of State before exporting your products or services overseas.

–Mariana de Gorordo Rutherford, the COO of Kieyos, an international trade company and the Supply Chain / Export Compliance Director of AIRtec, Inc. Mariana is well-known for her expertise in International Traffic in Arms (Department of State) and Export Administration and Regulations (Department of Commerce) licensing, and international business trade development.
–Sheriah Johnson, Trade Compliance Manager for NCR Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia. In her role at NCR, Sheriah is responsible for managing the trade compliance program for the company and leads a team of import and export compliance analysts.

For more info click here.

International Trade Update and Business Opportunities for the U.S. with Southeast Asia
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Freight Disruption in the Global Supply Chain
Aug 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The disruption in global supply chains in selling and sourcing is causing significant delays, cost increases and huge amounts of uncertainty. The impact began as the Covid 19 Pandemic grew in early 2020 and has grown worse every month. The end in nowhere in sight.

This webinar made up of 6 Global Supply Chain seasoned experts will frame the issues and offer recommendations for best practices to the audience attendees.

For more info on the National Association of District Export Councils, click here.

EXIM’s 2021 Virtual Annual Conference
Sep 21 – Sep 23 all-day

Registration is now open for EXIM’s 2021 Virtual Annual Conference, September 21st – 23rd. Companies with 500 or fewer employees qualify for the Small Business Rate of $150 for the three-day event.

This year’s theme, “Building Back Together,” will emphasize how collaboration between industry and government can fuel economic recovery for U.S.-based companies. A small business track is being developed that will focus on practical strategies and tactics for implementing a successful exporting strategy. “Hear from your Peers” will feature business owners who embraced exporting and the impact it has had on their companies’ operations and the bottom line.

Topics under development for breakout sessions include:

  • Small Business – a Big Deal for EXIM! An interactive discussion with established small business customers on how they achieved success in exporting with the support of EXIM.
  • Buyer financing for capital equipment sales – a forum to explore how EXIM’s medium-term loan guarantees assist U.S. exporters in securing financing for foreign buyers of U.S. made products.

EXIM 101 – an overview of EXIM trade finance solutions for businesses and projects of all sizes.


More International Events


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U.S. Trade Representative

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Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

Susanne Stirling, Vice President International Affairs

Nikki Ellis, Assistant, International Affairs


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