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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Featured Headlines

African Continental Free Trade Agreement
in Effect Now; Fully Operational in 2030

CalChamber, January 5, 2021


Building Biden’s Cabinet
Politico, December 8, 2020

Who Is Katherine Tai, Biden’s Pick
For U.S. Trade Representative?

NPR, December 29, 2020


California Assembly Tentative
2021 Legislative Calendar

California Senate Tentative
2021 Legislative Calendar

Senate Leader Atkins Announces Committee Membership for the 2021-22 Legislative Session
Office of Toni Atkins, President Pro Tempore of the State Senate

Assembly and Senate Announce
Committee Memberships

California Globe, December 15, 2020

Brief Look at 10 New Assembly Members
CalChamber, December 18, 2020

Incoming Senate Features 8 New Members
CalChamber, December 4, 2020

The 2021-22 Budget: California’s Fiscal Outlook
Legislative Analyst’s Office, November 18, 2020


CalChamber Co-Sponsored Webinar: Intro
to Trade Finance: Compete and Win Sales
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 10:00am PST


State Finance Director to Review Governor’s 2021 California Budget in Free Webinar on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Register here.
Deadline to register by Friday, January 8.


Consulate General of Ireland in San Francisco and AmCham Ireland Invest in California Guide Launch on January 13, 2021 at 8:00am. Register here.

CalChamber Companies in the News

Lucas Public Affairs CEO
to Chair CalChamber in 2021

CalChamber, December 18, 2020

A Year Like None Other: Message
from CalChamber 2020 Chair Mark Jansen

CalChamber, December 18, 2020

Amazon Continues to Expand its Transportation Fleet with Purchased Aircraft
American Journal of Transportation, January 5, 2020

UPS Hires for a Busy Shipping Season as Holiday Logistics and Vaccine Deliveries Gain Pace, Finds GlobalData
GlobalData January 4, 2021

CalChamber Member General Motors – How Buick Became the #1 U.S. Car Brand in China
LinkedIn, December 31, 2020

Governor Newsom Announces Partnership of CalChamber Members CVS and Walgreens to Provide Pfizer Vaccines to Residents and Staff in Long-Term Care Facilities
Office of Governor Gavin Newsom, December 28, 2020

USDA Taps IBM to Help Modernize Conservation Programs that Support U.S. Farmers and Ranchers
IBM, December 22, 2020

Northrop Grumman Recognized as a Leader in Sustainability
Northrop Grumman, December 21, 2020

Lockheed Martin To Acquire Aerojet Rocketdyne, Strengthening Position As Leading Provider Of Technologies To Deter Threats And Help Secure The United States And Its Allies
Lockheed Martin, December 20, 2020

Trade Policy

From the White House

Proclamation to Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act and for Other Purposes
December 22, 2020

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross at the Export-Import Bank Virtual Board Meeting on Domestic Content Policy
December 17, 2020

Op-Ed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross: Space Commerce Accelerating
December 16, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Trade Financing and Investment Cooperation
December 15, 2020

From the U.S. Trade Representative

U.S. Slaps Tariffs on French and German Wines, Aircraft Parts Amid EU Dispute
Reuters, December 30, 2020

United States Modifies Tariffs on EU Products in Large Civil Aircraft Dispute
December 30, 2020

Notice of Product Exclusion Extensions and Additional Modifications: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Federal Register, December 29, 2020

From the U.S. Department of State

Joint Statement of the United States-Bahrain Strategic Dialogue
December 30, 2020

Protecting U.S. Investors from Financing Communist Chinese Military Companies
December 28, 2020

U.S.-Australia-India-Japan Consultations (“The Quad”) Senior Officials Meeting
December 18, 2020

From the Export-Bank of the U.S.

EXIM Board Unanimously Approves New Policy to Support U.S. Exporter Sales to Additional Foreign Markets and More Effectively Counter Competitors Such as the People’s Republic of China
December 23, 2020

From the International Trade Administration

Robots and the Economy: The Role of Automation in Productivity Growth
December 22, 2020

Economic Diversification: A Necessary Priority for EDOs
December 21, 2020

From the Bureau of Economic Analysis

U.S. International Investment Position, Third Quarter 2020
December 29, 2020

U.S. International Transactions, Third Quarter 2020
December 18, 2020

From the World Trade Organization

WTO Paper Explores Role of Trade Policy in the Rapid Roll-Out of COVID-19 Vaccines
December 22, 2020

World Trade Volume Rallies in Third Quarter After COVID-19 Shock
December 18, 2020

Trade Agreements


Brexit Customs Checks Make
a Quiet Debut at U.K. Ports

The New York Times, January 1, 2021

Agreements Reached Between the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland and the European Union

Government of the United Kingdom, December 30, 2020

EU Governments Approve
Post-Brexit Trade Agreement With U.K.

Bloomberg, December 29, 2020

The Key Terms of the Brexit Deal Analyzed
American Journal of Transportation, December 28, 2020

BBC Says Obtained Full Copy
of Post-Brexit Trade Deal

Reuters, December 25, 2020

UK Clinches Historic Post-Brexit
Trade Agreement with EU

American Journal of Transportation, December 24, 2020

British Business’ Last-Minute Plea
for Brexit ‘Grace Periods’

Politico, December 18, 2020

Japan and Mexico Agree to Expand Membership of TPP Free Trade Pact
The Japan Times, January 5, 2021

Japan-U.K. Post-Brexit Trade Deal Takes Effect
Kyodo News, January 1, 2021

Turkey and U.K. Agree to Roll Over Free Trade Agreement
American Journal of Transportation, December 29, 2020

India Should Now Aggressively Pursue FTAs with EU, U.K.: Trade Experts
The Hindu, December 25, 2020

Toomey-led Resolution Calls for Free Trade Agreement Between the US and Taiwan
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, December 23, 2020

Britain, Canada Strike Short-Term Deal to Avoid Post-Brexit Tariffs
Reuters, December 22, 2020

Some Automakers Want More Time to Meet New Trade Rules, Mexican Official Says
Reuters, December 22, 2020

UK-Singapore Free Trade Agreement: Securing Bilateral Trade in Goods and Services Post-Brexit
Lexology, December 21, 2020

Top U.S. Trade Negotiator Bullish on Last-Minute U.K. Trade Deal
Bloomberg, December 17, 2020


President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) John McLaurin Makes Statement Regarding Congestion in the Supply Chain
American Journal of Transportation, January 4, 2021

U.S. Companies Face China Tariffs as Exclusions Expire
The New York Times, December 31, 2020

While China is Knocking at the Door of Key Trade Agreement, Will the US Find its Way in Under Biden?
South China Morning Post, December 29, 2020

U.S. Trade Deficits Continue to Grow
Axios, December 22, 2020

Trump Trade Czar Eyes Exit Hailing Tariff Power His Critics Hate
Bloomberg, December 22, 2020

U.S. Adds Over 100 Chinese, Russian Companies to Military List
Bloomberg, December 21, 2020


CalChamber Issues Statement on Governor’s Appointment of Alex Padilla as U.S. Senator
CalChamber, December 22, 2020

California Small Businesses to Receive Additional $500M in Economic Relief
The San Diego Union-Tribune, January 3, 2021

California May Be Losing its Business Mojo
CalMatters, December 15, 2020

The Bay Area-Silicon Valley and Australia An Expanding Trans-Pacific Partnership
Bay Area Council Economic Institute, December 2020

More International Articles

More Than 4.6 Million Shots Given:
Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker

Bloomberg, December 28, 2020



Toomey and Warner Issue Statement on the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, January 4, 2021

EU and China Reach Agreement in Principle on Investment
European Commission, December 30, 2020

Op-Ed: China’s Xi Jinping Seeks Advantage Over Biden with Ground-Breaking EU Investment Deal
CNBC, December 20, 2020

China-E.U. Talks Hit Another Snag as Biden Camp Objects
The New York Times, December 23, 2020

Manufacturers Overcame Covid-19 Setbacks to End 2020 on High Note
The Wall Street Journal, January 4, 2021

France Seeks ‘De-Escalation’ from Biden on Trade, Minister Says
Bloomberg, January 4, 2021

South Korea’s Export Growth in December Fastest Since 2018
Bloomberg, January 1, 2021

China Finishes Off a Wild Year With More Manufacturing Growth
The Wall Street Journal, December 30, 2020

Mexico Takes Controversial Step to Limit Private Fuel Imports
Reuters, December 27, 2020

South America ‘Hardest Hit’ by Covid-19 Economic Fallout
France24, December 23, 2020

Global Cargo Logjam Deepens, Delaying Goods Bound for Retailers, Automakers
Reuters, December 23, 2020

Huawei Documents Reveal China’s Grievance Against Australia
The Sydney Morning Herald, December 21, 2020

Foreign Investment Pours Into China Despite Trade War, Pandemic
Bloomberg, December 18, 2020

With Eye on China, Japan Refuses to Ease TPP Rules for New Members
Nikkei Asian Review, December 18, 2020


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