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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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To our international trade colleagues worldwide:
The California Chamber of Commerce is pleased to bring this weekly e-trade newsletter to you. During this time of global pandemic, it is critical for us to maintain our individual health, as well as our economic health, and to keep our communication lines open. Our business members are hard at work to provide products, services and employment. I have been in contact with representatives of many of California’s trading partners, including the Mexican and Canadian Consuls Generals – who are all anxious to maintain and facilitate trade.
Our goal is to keep trade flows going.

Stay healthy and best to you all,
Mrs. Susanne T. Stirling,
Vice President, International Affairs
California Chamber of Commerce


Executive Order From California
Governor Gavin Newsom: Stay at Home

March 19, 2020

California Coronavirus COVID-19 Response

CalChamber Statement on Governor’s
New Essential Business Directives

CalChamber, March 21, 2020

Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, March 19, 2020

COVID-19: Preparing for Remote Work
CalChamber, March 18, 2020

COVID-19: Top Resources for Employers
CalChamber, March 11, 2020


Certificates of Origin

Chambers of commerce traditionally have
issued Certificates of Origins on behalf of U.S.
exporters to facilitate trade. The California Chamber
of Commerce does not issue Certificates of Origin; however, many local chambers provide this service.

Here is a list  including Local Chambers
Offering Certificates of Origin Online or
by Mail
  due to the pandemic.

CalChamber Companies in the News

Google Coronavirus Website Launches a Week After Trump Tout
Bloomberg, March 20, 2020

UPS Shares Beat Other Transportation Stocks with Amazon’s Help
Air Freight News, March 20, 2020

Citi Foundation to Provide $15 Million to Support COVID-19 Related Relief Efforts Globally
Citi, March 19, 2020

GM, Ford Studying How to Make Ventilators to Fight COVID-19
The Detroit News, March 18, 2020

Trade Policy

From the White House
President Donald J. Trump Is Committed to Supporting
Small Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus

March 23, 2020

President Donald J. Trump Is Supporting American Businesses, Workers, and Families Impacted by the Coronavirus
March 18, 2020

From the U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA Disaster Assistance One-Pager

The Three Step Process: Disaster Loans

Disaster Loan Portal

Additional SBA Coronavirus Disaster Loan Info

From the U.S. Trade Representative

From the U.S. Department of State

Briefing with Senior State Department Officials
on COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance
for American Citizens Abroad

March 23, 2020

From the International Trade Administration

Global Outlook: United States Remains the Largest Destination
for FDI in the World

March 17, 2020

From the World Trade Organization

WTO Members Aim to Keep Up Momentum in Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations
March 23, 2020

WTO DG Welcomes G7 Leaders’ Statement on COVID-19
March 17, 2020

Trade Agreements

U.S.-Kenya Trade Agreement

U.S. Takes Next Step in Pursuit
of Free Trade Agreement with Kenya

CalChamber, March 24, 2020

Trump Administration Notifies Congress
of Intent to Negotiate Trade Agreement with Kenya

U.S. Trade Representative, March 17, 2020
Letter to Congress

Request for Comments on Negotiating
Objectives for a United States-Republic
of Kenya Trade Agreement

April 15, 2020 Deadline



Rumored Rush to Start New North
American Trade Pact Adds to Concern

Crain’s Detroit Business, March 23, 2020

Canada OK of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Pact
Could Lead to June Implementation Date

CalChamber, March 20, 2020

U.S., Mexico Agree on Importance
of Trade Despite Border Restrictions

The New York Times, March 21, 2020

U.S. and Mexico to Curb Border
Travel to Control Coronavirus

The Associated Press, March 20, 2020

U.S.-Canada Joint Initiative:
Temporary Restriction of Travelers Crossing the
U.S.-Canada Border for Non-Essential Purposes

Government of Canada, March 20, 2020

Japan Considering Taiwan’s CPTPP Inclusion
Taiwan News, March 22, 2020

Japan Scouts More Asian Players for TPP to Cut China Dependence
Nikkei Asian Review, March 21, 2020

Kenya, U.S. Deal ‘More Symbolic Than Economic’
Daily Nation, March 21, 2020

Partners Vow to Press on with Singing RCEP Deal
Bangkok Post, March 21, 2020

India: Trade with FTA Partner Countries Recorded 7.1 pc Growth
in 5 Years

Outlook India, March 20, 2020


ExIm Board Announces Open Meeting to Discuss COVID-19 Response Efforts
Export-Import Bank of the United States, March 23, 2020

Fed Makes Strongest Bid Yet to Protect Firms and Governments
The Associated Press, March 23, 2020

Trump Administration Ratchets Up Advisory:
Avoid International Travel

Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2020

Trump Signs Coronavirus Aid Package with Paid Sick Leave,
Free Testing

The Hill, March 18, 2020

White House Seeks $1-Trillion Economic Stimulus, Including Payouts
to Americans

Los Angeles Times, March 17, 2020

U.S. to Boost Tariffs on Airbus Planes Wednesday, Adding Pressure
on Airlines

The New York Times, March 17, 2020


With Coronavirus, California’s Economy Is in Uncharted Territory
CalMatters, March 22, 2020

Exemption Allows Farmwork Despite Lockdown
The Bakersfield Californian, March 22, 2020

California Avocado Crop Rebounds
The Packer, March 20, 2020

Legislative Analyst Takes First Look at Coronavirus Impact
on State Budget

CalChamber, March 20, 2020

Governor Issues Order to Help Meet Deliveries, Suspends Some Layoff Notice Requirements
CalChamber, March 19, 2020

Northern California Maritime Professionals Expedite Imports During Coronavirus Emergency
American Journal of Transportation, March 18, 2020

PMSA and Other Local Maritime Interests File Suit Against Proposed Oakland A’s Ballpark and Condominiums
American Journal of Transportation, March 18, 2020

‘There Won’t Be Anyone to Harvest the Crops.’ Coronavirus Travel Bans Squeeze Migrant Labor
Time, March 18, 2020

More International Articles

COVID-19 Updates

John’s Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
with COVID-19 Interactive Map

Tracking the Spread of the
Coronavirus Outbreak in the U.S.

Bloomberg, March 2020

COVID-19 Tracker
Channel News Asia, March 2020

Tracking COVID-19 Together:
The Trade Policy Dimension

Global Trade Alert, March 23, 2020

COVID-19: Decisions Taken in Latin America
U.S. Chamber partnered with Directorio Legislativo: Strengthening Democracies in Latin America, March 17, 2020

The Economic Impact of the
Coronavirus Due to Travel Losses

Oxford Economics, March 16, 2020

ICC Calls G20 Leaders to Respond to Covid-19
International Chamber of Commerce, March 12, 2020

An Unprecedented Private Sector Call
to Action to Tackle COVID-19

International Chamber of Commerce, March 3, 2020

COVID-19: ICC Strategic Response
International Chamber of Commerce, March 2020



Spat Between China Diplomats Signals
Internal Split Over President Trump

American Journal of Transportation, March 23, 2020

U.S. Shows Willingness to Remove Tariffs
on Medical Supplies From China

The Straits Times, March 22, 2020

China Takes Countermeasures Against Restrictive Measures on Chinese Media Agencies in the U.S.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic
of China, March 18, 2020

I.O.C. and Japan Agree to Postpone Tokyo Olympics
The New York Times, March 24, 2020

U.N. Chief Wants $2 Billion to Help Poor Countries Combat Coronavirus
Reuters, March 23, 2020

COVID-19 and Oil Price War Could Derail Two-Thirds
of the World’s Oil and Gas Project Sanctioning in 2020

American Journal of Transportation, March 23, 2020

Smile? The Results From the 2020 World Happiness Report Are In
The New York Times, March 20, 2020

G-7 Meeting Replaced with Teleconference Due to Coronavirus
Politico, March 19, 2020

EU Limits on Medical Gear Exports Put Poor Countries and Europeans at Risk
Peterson Institute for International Economies, March 19, 2020

Virus Strikes Brexit with Both Sides’ Top Officials in Isolation
Bloomberg, March 19, 2020

There Aren’t Enough Containers to Keep World Trade Flowing
American Journal of Transportation, March 18, 2020

Export Bans on Medical Supplies to Hamper Global Virus Response
American Journal of Transportation, March 18, 2020

Locked-Down Europe Faces Closed Borders, Economic Wounds and Dire Warnings
The New York Times, March 18, 2020

Reducing the Trade Deficit by Growing International Travel
U.S. Travel Association, February 2020



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