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Goals & Issue Summaries

Goals

California Top Export CountriesWork with state and federal administrations and lawmakers to support 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.

Issue Summaries

Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

Position: The CalChamber, in keeping with long-standing policy, enthusiastically supports free trade worldwide, 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. Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

Indo-Pacific Initiative

Position: The CalChamber 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.

The Indo-Pacific region represents nearly half of the earth’s population, one-third of global gross domestic product (GDP) and roughly 50% of international trade. The large and growing markets of the Indo-Pacific already are key destinations for U.S. manufactured goods, agricultural products, and services suppliers.

Following the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a highlighted Indo-Pacific Vision is welcomed, as this is a key area in geopolitical, strategic, and commercial terms. Indo-Pacific Initiative

U.S.-China Relations

Position: The CalChamber, in keeping with long-standing policy, enthusiastically supports free trade worldwide, 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. International trade ensures that the United States may continue to gain access to world markets, resulting in an improved economy and additional employment of Americans. U.S.-China Relations

U.S.–E.U. Free Trade Agreement

Position: The CalChamber, in keeping with long-standing policy, enthusiastically supports free trade worldwide, 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.
Strengthening economic ties and enhancing regulatory cooperation through agreements with our top trading partners that include both goods and services, including financial services, is essential to eliminating unnecessary regulatory divergences that may act as a drag on economic growth and job creation. U.S.–E.U. Free Trade Agreement

U.S.-Japan Free Trade Agreement

Position: The California Chamber of Commerce, in keeping with long-standing policy, enthusiastically supports free trade worldwide, 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.

Strengthening economic ties and enhancing regulatory cooperation through agreements with our top trading partners that include both goods and services, including financial services, is essential to eliminating unnecessary regulatory divergences that may act as a drag on economic growth and job creation. U.S.-Japan Free Trade Agreement

U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Position: The CalChamber understands that the original NAFTA was negotiated more than 25 years ago, and, while our economy and businesses have changed considerably over that period, NAFTA has not. We agree with the premise that the United States should seek to support higher-paying jobs in the United States and to grow the U.S. economy by improving U.S. opportunities under the new USMCA.
The provisions of NAFTA with Mexico and Canada have been beneficial for U.S. industries, agricultural enterprises, farmers, ranchers, energy companies and automakers.

The CalChamber originally actively supported the creation of NAFTA among the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The CalChamber’s longstanding support for NAFTA is based upon an assessment that it serves the employment, trading and environmental interests of California and the United States, as well as Canada and Mexico, and is beneficial to the business community and society as a whole. Since 1993, trade among the three NAFTA countries has nearly quadrupled.

Mexico and Canada are California’s largest and second largest export markets. A final approval of the new USCMA will benefit the California economy and jobs. U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

U.S.-U.K. Free Trade Agreement

Position: The CalChamber, in keeping with long-standing policy, enthusiastically supports free trade worldwide, 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.

Strengthening economic ties and enhancing regulatory cooperation through agreements with our top trading partners that include both goods and services, including financial services, is essential to eliminating unnecessary regulatory divergences that may act as a drag on economic growth and job creation.

Agreements like this have the capability of ensuring that the United States may continue to gain access to world markets, which will result in an improved economy and additional employment of Americans. U.S.-U.K. Free Trade Agreement

World Trade Organization

Position: The CalChamber, in keeping with long-standing policy, enthusiastically supports free trade worldwide, 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.

The WTO is having a tremendous impact on how California producers of goods and services compete in overseas markets, as well as domestically, and is creating jobs and economic growth through expanded international trade and investment.

The WTO gives businesses improved access to foreign markets and better rules to ensure that competition with foreign businesses is conducted fairly. World Trade Organization

Major Victories

Helped businesses find trade/investment opportunities in 2018 by promoting two-way information exchanges on exports, the international landscape, and trade with Mexico, Chile and Canada.

Helped keep global communication lines open in 2017 by:
Continuing to nourish a strong international network as part of delegations to Canada, California’s second largest export partner, and Israel, a growing partner for U.S. and California trade and investment.
Promoting two-way information exchanges via luncheons and other gatherings on trade with the Americas and Great Britain; provided web-based portals compiling statistics and other resources about major California trade/investment partners; distributed weekly Trade Update e-newsletter digest of the latest news and information about trade policy.

Sponsored publication in 2016 of print and web-based California Export Guide (available in English and Spanish).

Hosted luncheons and other gatherings in 2016 promoting two-way information exchanges on trade with Europe, Pacific Rim economies, the Middle East and Latin America; provided web-based portals pulling together statistics and other resources about major California trade/investment partners; distributed weekly Trade Update e-newsletter digest of the latest news and information about trade policy.

Continued opening export opportunities for California businesses in 2015:

  • Supported renewal of trade promotion authority, which helps boost U.S. exports and create jobs.
  • Supported reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) to 2019, enabling California and U.S. companies, large and small, to turn export opportunities into real sales that help maintain/create jobs.
  • Supported renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences, which saves California companies millions of dollars each year.
  • Supported extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), helping support millions of dollars in California exports to AGOA nations.

Improved Trade/Investment Relations with Mexico: Organized Governor’s four-day trade mission to Mexico City in July 2014, including a 150-member business and government delegation, which puts the state in a better position to continue exporting more than $25 billion in goods to California’s top export destination.

The CalChamber was part of broad-based coalitions whose five-year campaigns secured congressional passage in 2011 of free trade agreements with Korea, Panama and Colombia, estimated to increase U.S. exports by billions of dollars and improve the jobs climate.

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