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February 11, 2014

Featured Headlines

Hong Kong Commissioner Speaks on Trade Opportunities for California Business
CalChamber, February 10, 2014

Hong Kong trade commissioner makes Sacramento pitch
Sacramento Business Journal, February 7, 2014

2013 Trade Statistics are available through the
International Trade Administration's
"Trade Stats Express."

U.S. Exports Reach $2.3 Trillion in 2013,
Set New Record for Fourth Straight Year

U.S. Department of Commerce, February 6, 2013

Solutions for a Strong California

The California Chamber of Commerce
2014 Business Issues and Legislative Guide
is available now at

CalChamber Companies in the News

Boeing sees Asia-Pacific fleet nearly tripling over 20 years
Reuters, February 9, 2014

The Home Depot Canada to Hire 6,300 Associates for Spring Season
The Sacramento Bee, February 5, 2014

Trade Policy

Generalized System of Preferences - Renewal

GSP has stimulated two-way trade with the US and contributed to the long-term economic development of some developing countries. Companies and associations, including the CalChamber have joined to urge Congress to renew the GSP which expired 7/31/13. See

Recent House letter and recent Senate letter.​​

From the World Trade Organization

Trade Policy Review: Tonga

Azevêdo urges members to make 2014 the year to implement Bali
and put Doha back on track

From the White House

FACT SHEET: Opportunity For All: Establishing a New
“Made In Rural America” Export and Investment Initiative

The Employment Situation in January

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Concludes Her First Trade Mission in Mexico

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Meets
with Nuevo Leon Governor Rodrigo Medina

Remarks at Mexico-United States Entrepreneurship
and Innovation Council

From the U.S. Trade Representative

Remarks by United States Trade Representative Michael Froman Announcing Enforcement Action with Regard to India

Trade Agreements

And if you think trade can’t be fun…

See BuzzFeed piece on the
layman’s guide to TTIP –called
"15 Corgis with a Nose for Business."

(Courtesy of Mr. Robin Newmann | Vice Consul, Director for West Coast Politics,
Press & Public Affairs,
British Consulate-General, San Francisco)

EU seeks wider free trade agreement with Egypt
Chicago Tribune, February 10, 2014

Asean+6 set to finalise free-trade pact by 2015
The Nation-Thailand, February 8, 2014

Pacific Alliance to Eliminate Tariffs with New Free Trade Agreement
PanAm Post, February 7, 2014


From Immigration to Trade, Inaction in Congress
Associated Press, February 10, 2014

Baucus Bids Farewell to the Senate
U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, February 6, 2014


California export trade sets record in 2013
The Sacramento Bee, February 6, 2014

More International Articles

State Dinner for Hollande Opening for Business Diplomacy
Bloomberg, February 11, 2014

5 Ways China's Slowdown will Ripple Across Globle
Associated Press, February 11, 2014

Japan's current account woes throw spotlight on economic risks
Reuters, February 10, 2014

Kerry set to make 5th trip to Asia
The Sacramento Bee, February 9, 2014

Senate approves Baucus as ambassador to China
Reuters, February 6, 2014

Euro zone businesses log strongest month in 2-1/2 years in January: PMI
Reuters, February 5, 2014



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Upcoming Events:

2/8/2014 - 2/16/2014
ANZ Business Mission

2/10/2014 - 2/14/2014
Trade Misson to Mexico  

Venure Summit West 2014

2/25/2014 - 2/26/2014
III International Black Sea Tourism Forum

NAFTA at Twenty

3/9/2014 - 3/15/2014
Trade & Investment Mission to Morocco

3/11/2014 - 3/14/2014
IFEX 2014 - Jakarta, Indonesia

3/25/2013 - 3/26/2013
OTC 2014 

4/7/2014 - 4/8/2014
Asia/Pacific Business Outlook Conference

World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast

5/7/2014 - 5/17/2014
China International Trade Mission & Expo

5/27/2014 - 5/29/2014
IFE 2014

6/19/2014 - 6/21/2014
MIFB Food/Beverage Trade Fair

World Expo: Milan 


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Web Links:

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Federal Government:

The White House

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The U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Department
of Commerce

U.S. Trade Representative 

State Government:


California State Senate

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California Department of Finance

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development – GO Biz



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