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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Featured Headlines

Chile joins the Visa Waiver Program

On February 28, 2014, Chile became the 38th nation to join the Visa Waiver Program. Chile is an important partner with the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement implemented on January 1, 2004. According to the U.S. Travel Association, visitors from Chile to the U.S. spent more than
$5,000 per trip in 2012.

DHS Announces Chile’s Designation
Into the Visa Waiver Program

Department of Homeland Security, February 28, 2014

CalChamber Joins Discover America Partnership
to Advance Visa/Travel Reforms​

CalChamber, March 4, 2014

Governor Convenes International Trade
and Investment Advisory Council

CalChamber, March 3, 2014

Governor Brown Convenes International Trade and Investment Advisory Council,
Appoints Former U.S. Ambassador as Chair

Governor's Office, February 26, 2014

California and Peru sign agreement
to strengthen economic, environmental ties

Governor's Office, Feburary 26, 2014

Photo Release: Governor Brown Meets
with Ambassador of Peru and President
of Portugal Today in San Francisco

Governor's Office, February 26, 2014

CalChamber Companies in the News

Toyota sees 2014 Europe sales at more than 865,000 units
Reuters, March 3, 2014

US wine exports increase 16.4% to $1.55bn in 2013-
California Wine Institute

DBR, February 28, 2014

Trade Policy

From the World Trade Organization

Trade Policy Review: Malaysia

Panels established at the request of Denmark and the United States

From the White House

Weekly Address: Investing in Technology
and Infrastructure to Create Jobs

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Travel and Tourism Industry Sets New Export Record in 2013

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Delivers Remarks
at the Gulf Region Business Councils Luncheon

U.S. Department of Commerce and eBay Inc. Announce Partnership
to Promote U.S. Exports and Trade

From the U.S. Trade Representative

New Sister Center Partnership under the Small Business Network
of the Americas Will Foster Trade between Virginia Small Businesses
and Mexico, TPP countries

Cross Post: SBA, USTR Helping U.S. Small Business Exporters Expand Trade with European Union

FACT SHEET: Values Driving U.S. Trade Policy

Trade Agreements

A Middle East common market – Possible?
The Times of Israel Blog - Sherwin Pomerantz, President, Atid EDI Ltd, March 3, 2014

The Time Is Now for Free-Trade Agreements | Commentary
Roll Call, March 3, 2014

Africa Group COMESA ‘Encouraged’ with Regional Trade Cooperation
Voice of America, February 27, 2014


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)


California Congressional Pictorial Roster

California Congressional Committee Assignments

Bill Summary


Trade Benefits America Coalition


​​SUPPORT AJR 37 (Muratsuchi-D)
Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Status: 2/27/2014-Referred to Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy

Urges Congressional reauthorization of the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, thereby enabling U.S. companies — large and small — to turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy.

SAMPLE Letter to Author 2-25-14
Letter to Author 2-25-14

Bill Versions: 02/19/2014 Introduced


Gov. Jerry Brown to sign trade pact with Israeli prime minister
Los Angeles Times, February 28, 2014

California should form economic partnership with Mexico:
Joe Mathews

Long Beach Press-Telegram, February 26, 2014

California has a quarter of foreign-born U.S. residents
The Sacramento Bee, February 26, 2014

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

More International Articles

China Growth-Target Dilemma Looms as Legislature Meets
Bloomberg, March 3, 2014

EU-U.S. trade talks face growing hostility, ministers warn
Chicago Tribune, February 28, 2014

Panama Canal, consortium reach preliminary deal to finish work
Reuters, February 27, 2014

Hong Kong Eyes Fastest Growth in 3 Years as Fed Tapers
Bloomberg, February 26, 2014

Trade Leads U.K. Economy to Growth as Recovery Broadens
Bloomberg, February 26, 2014



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Upcoming Events:

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

3/11/2014 - 3/14/2014
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OTC 2014 

AS China High Tech Report

4/7/2014 - 4/8/2014
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World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast

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

5/19/2014 - 5/29/2014
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Consular Corps Luncheon

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

6/3/2014 - 6/7/2014
Computex Tapei 2014

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

World Expo: Milan 


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