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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Featured Headlines

CalChamber Highlights Trade Priorities as Congress Returns
from Summer Break

CalChamber, September 6, 2013

California July Exports Up Nearly 7 Percent from a Year Ago
The Sacramento Bee, September 5, 2013

U.S. International Trade Commission
Public Hearings:

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is seeking information for two hearings:

1. Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 9:30 a.m.:
Digital Trade in the U.S. and Global Economies
Written comments due by:
Friday, March 21, 2014

2. Thursday, September 26, 2013, 9:30 a.m.:
Trade Barriers that U.S. SMEs Perceive as Affecting Exports to the European Union

Written comments due by: October 15, 2013

Location for both events:
NASA Ames Research Center,
Mountain View, CA 94035

Information on how to participate

9/16/2013 - 9/18/2013
U.S. - Saudi Business Opportunities Forum

Please see the new CalChamber
Trading Portal for Saudi Arabia

9/25/2013 - 9/26/2013
The Americas Business Forum

CalChamber Companies in the News

Boeing to Boost China Plane Deliveries 50% to Meet Travel Demand
Bloomberg, September 9, 2013

Toyota Expects Strong Growth in US Market
Industry Week, September 6, 2013

Trade Policy

Canada-United States
Regulatory Cooperation Council –
Request for Input

The Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council is inviting stakeholders, Canadians and Americans alike, to contribute their views on how to reinforce, institutionalize, and expand efforts at regulatory cooperation between Canada and the U.S.

See Federal Register and (type keyword "Regulatory Cooperation Council" or Docket ID# OMB-2013-0004). These highlight a number of key areas where the RCC is seeking input until October 11, 2013.

For further information, see

From the World Trade Organization

Azevêdo launches “rolling set of meetings” aimed
at delivering success in Bali

Global value chains offer opportunity for growth and progress,
says joint report to G-20

Colombia launches three new safeguard investigations
on steel products

From the White House

President Obama's Remarks to the AFL-CIO

FACT SHEET: The G-20 St. Petersburg Summit

Official G20 Documents

Remarks by President Obama and President Xi of the People's Republic of China Before Bilateral Meeting

The Employment Situation in August

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt of Sweden in Joint Press Conference

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

Improving the Economic Measurement Toolkit: Partnerships
between Businesses and Federal Statistical Agencies

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker
on International Trade in Goods and Services in July 2013

Partnership Helps U.S. Businesses Find Opportunities in Brazil
**ITA Blog

From the U.S. Trade Representative

USTR Holds Public Hearing on Section 301 Investigation of Ukraine

Readout of TPP Call with U.S. Stakeholders

USTR, SBA Launch New Effort to Help U.S. Small Businesses Export to the European Union

USTR Addresses Trade Barriers Impacting Small Business Exports
to EU

USTR hosts government of Uzbekistan

Trade Agreements

Participants in Trade in Services Agreement
USTR, September 9, 2013


Immigration Reform Falls to the Back of the Line
The New York Times, September 8, 2013

Economy adds 169,000 jobs in August;
unemployment rate eases to 7.3%

Los Angeles Times, September 6, 2013


SB 516: Steinberg D

Topic: Foreign labor contractors: registration.
Status: 9/9/2013-In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.

Location: 9/9/2013-S. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Position: No Position; Opposition removed due to September 4, 2013 amendments.

Foreign Labor Contractors. Before amendments, approached the real problem of human trafficking in an overly broad manner that would harm legitimate employers by imposing significant burdens on and risks to employers who hire workers from foreign countries. Opposition removed due to September 4, 2013 amendments.

Bill Versions:
09/04/2013 Amended
Bill Analyses:
09/09/2013 Sen Flr Rules (text )

‘Job Killer’ Among Costly Proposals Held in Legislature
CalChamber. September 9, 2013

Southern California Retailers Benefit From Chinese Tourism Boom
Apparel News, September 5, 2013

California Agriculture Reaches New Revenue Record
Associated Press, September 5, 2013

Governor Signs CalChamber-Supported Regulatory Reform Bill
CalChamber, September 4, 2013

Leavenworth to leave Bee to become McClatchy Beijing bureau chief
The Modesto Bee, September 3, 2013

More International Articles

The New Mexico
Businessweek, September 9, 2013

WTO cuts 2013 world trade forecast to 2.5 percent
Reuters, September 9, 2013

China Trade Rebounds in Further Sign Economy Stabilizing
Bloomberg, September 9, 2013

Teachers from China fuel Chinese-language growth in U.S.
The Sacramento Bee, September 6, 2013

WTO set to agree Yemen's membership terms
Reuters, September 6, 2013

Stocks trade higher on upbeat economic data
USA Today, September 5, 2013

Export event to cover Mexico trade mission
Sacramento Business Journal, September 5, 2013

Pascal Lamy to chair the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
World Tourism Organization UNWTO, September 5, 2013

Currency Trade Reaches $5.3 Trillion a Day Amid Yen Turnover
Bloomberg, September 5, 2013

Time for U.S. to emulate Mexico?
San Diego Union-Tribune, September 4, 2013

Canada Trade Gap Widens as EU Exports Fall to Three-Year Low
Bloomberg, September 4, 2013

US Global Competitiveness Rising Once Again
Associated Press, September 4, 2013


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6/6/2013 - 10/8/2013
Go Global Webinar Series

9/7/2013 - 9/22/2013
America's Cup: San Francisco 2013

Consul General Luncheon Series: Italy

9/13/2013 - 9/15/2013
CIAPE 2013

9/16/2013 - 9/18/2013
U.S.-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum

Guy Fox MIS Dinner

9/18/2013 - 9/22/2013
California Week Shanghai 2013

9/19/2013 - 9/20/2013
California Asian Business Summit

9/19/2013 - 9/20/2013
Russian Innovation Week Conference

9/19/2013 - 09/26/2013
Trade Mission to Myanmar

Start Your Own Import/Export Business

Digital Trade in the U.S. and Global Economies

Sacramento Roundtable: Trade Barriers Affecting the US

9/25/2013 - 9/26/2013
The Americas Business Forum

International Trade Finance: Methods of Payment

Invest Chile Forum

San Jose Hearing: Trade Barriers Affecting the US

9/26/2013 - 9/29/2013
Expo Pakistan

Advanced Management of an Import/Export Business

9/29/2013 - 10/9/2013
Trade Mission to Japan?

West Coast Trade/Export Finance Conference 

10/11/2013 - 10/12/2013
Global Entreperneurship Summit 2013

10/13/2013 - 10/20/2013
CA Trade & Investment Delegation to China

10/16/2013 - 10/20/2013
Trade Expo Indonesia 2013?

10/31/2013 - 11/1/2013
Select USA 2013 Investment Summit

11/14/2013 - 11/15/2013
K-Tech Conference & Expo

Latina Style Business Series

11/28/2013 - 11/30/2013
Interwine China 2013

12/4/2013 - 12/7/2013

Global Callifornia Conference

1/13/2014 - 1/14/2014
International Investment Forum Chile 2014

World Expo: Milan 


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