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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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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 an
Environmental Goods Agreement

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

Port of Los Angeles Shipments Jump in March by Most Since
Bloomberg, April 21, 2014

Boeing’s 737 Turns 8,000: The Best-Selling Plane Ever Isn’t Slowing
Bloomberg Businessweek, April 16, 2014

TradeUp Capital Fund, New Crowdfunding Platform for Export-driven Small and Mid-size Growth Companies, Announces Launch
CalChamber Member Roy Paulson (Paulson Manufacturing) is on the board of TradeUp, a new platform for SME exporters to access financing:
PR Web, April 3, 2014

Trade Policy

From the World Trade Organization

Trade Policy Review: Qatar, Bahrain and Oman

15 April marks the 20th anniversary
of the WTO’s founding agreements

Modest trade growth anticipated for 2014
and 2015 following two year slump

Trade statistics show the least developed hit more severely
by global slowdown — Azevêdo

Goods Council agrees on 2014 chairs

Members review six free trade agreements, EU enlargement
to 28 member states

Azevêdo: Our aim now should be nothing less than to complete
the Round and do it quickly

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Highlights Administration’s Commitment to Asia-Pacific Region

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Announces Expansion
of Global Resources to Support U.S. Businesses, Exports

¡Hola Investors! The SelectUSA Mexico Road Show is Coming Your Way!
**ITA Blog

SelectUSA: Investing in the United States, Creating Jobs,
and Spurring Economic Growth

Making It Easier to Clear Customs in Latin America
**ITA Blog

From the U.S. Trade Representative

Readout of Meeting between U.S. Trade Representative Froman and Japanese Minister of Economic and Fiscal Policy Akira Amari

Froman: Atlas Devices Exemplifies Trade's Capacity
to Unlock Opportunity, Support Jobs

Trade Agreements

Simon Cooper: Long walk to free trade worth the pain
The Oraneg County Register - Opinion, April 15, 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

Improving Job Market Driving Rebound in U.S. Growth: Economy
Bloomberg, April 21, 2014


CalChamber Releases 2014 Job Killer List
CalChamber, April 9, 2014

Call for California State Fair Competitors

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California State Fair has hosted competitions for over 160 years, displaying the best of our State’s unique and diverse talent. The annual State Fair brings together a wide range of Californians who excel, and thousands are awarded for their excellence.  Competition categories include Junior Livestock, Versatility Ranch Horse, Fur and Feathers, Youth Art, Industrial & Technology Education, Fine Art, California Crafts, California’s Kitchen, Commercial Wine and Beer, Home Wine and Beer, and more.

For more information, deadlines, competition handbooks, or to enter a competition online, please click here to visit the California State Fair website.

The California State Fair will be held July 11 - 27, 2014. 

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

4/10/2014 - Ordered to third reading.

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


More International Articles

Obama Trip Stirs Emotions Over Asia Trade Pact
Politico, April 21, 2014

This Time, Get Global Trade Right
The New York Times Editorial, April 19, 2014

Japan, U.S. trade talks in stalemate, ministers to meet again: Japan
Reuters, April 18, 2014

Peru eyes free trade agreement with India
Andina - Peru, April 18, 2014

China economy stronger than data suggests: government
Reuters, April 17, 2014

Morocco: EU, Morocco Discuss Free Trade Pact
All Africa, April 16, 2014

Obama aims to reinvigorate Asia strategy
The Washington Post, April 16, 2014



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Upcoming Events:

Luncheon with Asian Development Bank

Grow Your Business in California

Branding the Monterey Bay Region

World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast

NAFTA Luncheon Forum

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

5/19/2014 - 5/29/2014
Saudi Health Exhibition & Conference

CalChamber Luncheon Forum

Consular Corps Luncheon

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

6/3/2014 - 6/4/2014
Discover Europe Conference

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

9th Annual International Trade Outlook

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.

Join or Learn More

Web Links:

California Congressional Delegation Pictorial Roster

California Legislative Pictorial Roster

California Congressional Committee Assignments

Federal Government:

The White House

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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