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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Featured Headlines

HIGH TECH: The Next Wave
of Chinese Investment in America

Asia Society, April 2014

U.S. Senate Finance Committee to Hold Hearing on 2014 Trade Policy Agenda

On Wednesday, April 30, the Senate Finance hearing will take place regarding the 2014 trade policy agenda, with testimony from Ambassador Michael Froman.

Request for Comments

On March 21, 2014, the USTR notified Congress of the Administration's intention to enter into negotiations for a World Trade Organization Environmental Goods Agreement. The Office of the USTR, on behalf of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), is seeking public comments regarding U.S. interests and priorities with respect to this initiative.

Written comments are due by May 5, 2014
Hearing - May 5, 2014 in Washington, DC

CalChamber Companies in the News

Gap Moving To Capture Chinese Market
Bidness etc, April 7, 2014

Trade Policy

From the World Trade Organization

EU files dispute against Russia over measures
on the importation of pork products

Azevêdo asks members to shift up a gear on Doha preparation

Bali trade facilitation deal challenged conventional WTO wisdom,
new paper says

Revised WTO Agreement on Government Procurement enters
into force

WTO launches call for proposals for 2014 Public Forum

From the White House

FACT SHEET: Strengthening Entrepreneurship At Home
and Abroad

The Employment Situation in March

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Expects Continued Growth in International Travel During Next Five Years

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker
on International Trade in Goods and Services in February 2014

International Visitors Spend $15.8 Billion in January 2014

From the U.S. Trade Representative

2014 Report on Technical Barriers to Trade​

2014 Report on Sanitary
and Phytosanitary Measures

2014 National Trade Estimate Report
on Foreign Trade Barriers​

USTR, April 2014

United States Welcomes New Opportunities for U.S. Suppliers
Under Revised WTO Government Procurement Agreement

Statement by Ambassador Michael Punke
at the World Trade Organization Trade Negotiations Committee

United States and Taiwan Enhance Trade Ties

USTR Targets Telecommunications Trade Barriers

Eighth Meeting of the Dominican Republic - Central America -
United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) Environmental Affairs Council highlights progress and environmental results

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman Testimony
on the 2014 Trade Agenda

Trade Agreements

Merkel Stresses Significance of a Trans-Atlantic Free-Trade Deal
The Wall Street Journal, April 6, 2014

Lawmakers Worried About Fate of Pacific Trade Pact
The Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2014

US ambassador invites dialogue on TTIP
European Voice, April 3, 2014


Action Call

Contact your Congressional Representative
in support of
Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)
Bipartisan Congressional
Trade Priorities Act of 2014
H.R. 3830 / S.1900

California Congressional Pictorial Roster
California Congressional Committee Assignments
Bill Summary
Trade Benefits America Coalition

Camp Opening Statement: Hearing on President Obama’s Trade Policy Agenda (Remarks as Prepared)
House Committee on Ways and Means, April 3, 2014

U.S. private job growth accelerates in March: ADP
Reuters, April 2, 2014


SUPPORT AJR 34 (Cooley-D) Terrorism Risk Insurance Extension

4/2/2014 - In Senate. To Committee on Rules.

Urges Congress to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program for U. S. economic stability and continuity following a terrorist attack.

Letter to Author

Bill Versions: 02/13/2014 Introduced

SUPPORT AJR 37 (Muratsuchi-D)
Export-Import Bank

4/7/2014 - Assembly bills - Third Reading

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.


Bill Versions: 03/24/2014 Amended


California export trade picks up steam in February
The Sacramento Bee, April 3, 2014

More International Articles

U.S. warns China over currency depreciation
Reuters, April 8, 2014

Australian Beef, Cheese Favored in Trade Deals With Japan, Korea
Bloomberg, April 7, 2014

Taiwan Speaker to Postpone China Trade-Pact Review
Bloomberg, April 6, 2014

U.S. trade representative to visit Japan for talks on access
Reuters, April 5, 2014

Mexico Targeting Almost $23 Billion in Water, Aqueduct Projects
Bloomberg, April 4, 2014

Asia leaders look to bolster unity, coordination
San Diego Union-Tribune, April 3, 2014

Mexico and Panama sign free trade agreement
Reuters, April 3, 2014

United States urges Japan to make good on trade promises
Reuters, April 3, 2014

Brazil posts first trade surplus in three months
Reuters, April 1, 2014



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