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February 18, 2014

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Action Call

Contact your Congressional Representative
in support of
Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)

Bipartisan Congressional
Trade Priorities Act of 2014

H.R. 3830
U.S. House Ways and Means Committee
Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI)

U.S. Senate Finance Committee
Chairman Baucus (D-MT
Ranking Member Hatch (R-UT)


Bill Summary


Trade Benefits America Coalition

California Capital Region
Metropolitan Export Plan Survey

In partnership with organizations throughout the California Capital Region – including the CalChamber, the world-renowned Brookings Institution is assisting with the development and execution of a regional export strategy to boost the local economy and jobs.

A less than 10 minute trade survey is intended to help organizations throughout the California Capital Region define Sacramento region’s exporting activity, export-related challenges, and policies to further grow exports and businesses in Northern California.

February 2014

CalChamber Companies in the News

Hong Kong Disneyland Turns Profit for 2nd Year
Associated Press, February 18, 2014

Blue Diamond grows profits on trees
Western Farm Press, February 13, 2014

A Vision for Mexico’s Future (IBM)
U.S. Department of Commerce, February 13, 2014

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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

Azevêdo’s health-check on global trade: Growth recovering but restrictions on the rise

Help WTO keep up the Bali momentum, Azevêdo asks parliamentarians

From the White House

Background Briefing by Senior Administration Officials to Preview the President's Upcoming Trip to Mexico

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Asia in April

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

Valentine’s Day “Suites” Support U.S. Exports
**ITA Blog

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Participates in Cybersecurity Framework Launch

From the U.S. Trade Representative

Welcoming Remarks by U.S. Trade Representative Froman at Meetings with EU Trade Commissioner de Gucht on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement

Ambassador Froman Meets with Japan’s Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy Akira Amari

Ambassador Sapiro and Colombian Ambassador Villegas review progress in the US-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement

Notorious Markets List Focuses Fight Against Global Piracy and Counterfeiting of American Products

Trade Agreements

China and Sri Lanka seen concluding free trade pact by end of 2014
Reuters, February 12, 2014


U.S. campaign draws $3.4 billion in tourism spending, study says
LA Times, February 17, 2014

Wyden Statement on Finance Chairmanship
U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, February 14, 2014


California's having a record wine grape harvest
Associated Press, February 16, 2014

California Is Second Largest Tech Exporting State
Tech America, February 11, 2014

More International Articles

Germany Beats Growth Estimates With France Amid Recovery
Bloomberg, February 14, 2014

Japan seen posting record trade deficit in January as import bill soars
Reuters, February 13, 2014

Strong China January trade data sparks cheers, doubts
Reuters, February 12, 2014

Obama Joins Hollande in Vowing New Era of U.S.-French Ties
Bloomberg, February 11, 2014



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California STEP
The California State Trade and Export Promotion (California STEP) project combines a network of state, federal, private and non-profit trade promotion organizations in California to facilitate export promotion activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for small businesses.

Visit for export/import information, trade stats, trade policy, FAQs and more.

Upcoming Events:

Doing Business in Angola

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 


California Coalition
for Free Trade

A broad-based group of companies and business organizations working to secure a national free trade agenda.

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Web Links:

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California Congressional Committee Assignments

Federal Government:

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The U.S. Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Department
of Commerce

U.S. Trade Representative 

State Government:


California State Senate

California State Assembly

California Department of Finance

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



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