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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Featured Headlines

Threat of Product Shipment Delays Looms
as Port Worker Contract Talks Continue

CalChamber Alert, November 21, 2014

Long Beach, Los Angeles ports dispute threatens jobs from coast to coast: Guest commentary
Los Angeles Daily News, November 14, 2014

CalChamber Companies in the News

With income up at U.S. parks, Disney talks Shanghai project
Travel Weekly, November 24, 2014

Video: Blue Diamond CEO Interview: Almond Milk Sales
Will Surpass Sales Of Skim Milk Soon

Almond Insights, November 24, 2014

Hyatt announces new NZ hotel
ETurbo News, November 23, 2014

Trade Policy

Generalized System of Preferences

On November 17, 2014 the US Chamber joined with more than 600 companies and associations (including the CalChamber) to send a letter urging Congress to renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade program before the end of the year. GSP eliminates import taxes on designated products from 130 countries around the world but expired 16 months ago.

From the World Trade Organization

US appeals panel reports in “US-COOL” disputes

WTO work is “back on track”, says Azevêdo

Azevêdo: “We are very close to overcoming impasse
on Bali implementation”

Trade Policy Review: Hong Kong, China

WTO launches discussion forum on 2014 World Trade Report

From the White House

FACT SHEET: Supporting American Job Growth And Strengthening Ties By Extending U.S./China Visa Validity for Tourists, Business Travelers,
and Students'

Readout of the President's Call with European Council President Donald Tusk

G20 Leaders’ Communiqué


FACT SHEET: U.S.-China Economic Relations

FACT SHEET: 22nd Annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

Is Your Company Ready to Export?

New Search Tool Driven by API Helps U.S. Companies Comply
with Export Laws

From the U.S. Trade Representative

Statement by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman Welcoming WTO Decisions Regarding the Trade Facilitation Agreement

This Thanksgiving, USTR is thankful for:
Record-Breaking American Agriculture Exports

India and United States Joint Statement on the Trade Policy Forum

Remarks by Ambassador Michael Froman at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry:
“Forward Together We Go Further”

Trade Agreements

Statement on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
USTR, November 16, 2014

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership:
Big Opportunities for Small Business

Atlantic Council, November 14, 2014

Who Decides Pacific Trade?
The New York Times Opinion, November 5, 2014

In a Mustang, US Diplomat Sells Trade Deal in EU
Associated Press, November 4, 2014


Economy grows at stronger-than-expected 3.9% pace in third quarter
Los Angeles Times, November 25, 2014

Wyden, Hatch Say New GAO Report Demonstrates Need
to Improve Trade Enforcement at the Border

U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, November 20, 2014

Time running out for action on fast-track trade authority: Senator
Reuters, November 18, 2014

Congress needs to fast track the 'fast-track' bill
Los Angeles Times, November 13, 2014


2015 Pictoral Roster: California Constitutional/Statewide Officers

California’s credit rating upgraded after Prop. 2 passage
The Sacramento Bee, November 5, 2014

More International Articles

Foreign students — America’s hidden export
By Sherwin Pomerantz, featured in The Times of Israel Blog, November 28, 2014

New Zealand-Taiwan trade surges under FTA
Global Post, December 1, 2014

Factory activity growth slows in Asia, Europe and U.S. in November
Reuters, December 1, 2014

Germany's Gabriel says sees Berlin backing EU-Canada trade deal
Reuters, November 30, 2014

How and why buyers from China are snatching up Bay Area homes
San Francisco Chronicle, November 29, 2014

In Britain, US turkey dinner is big for business
The Sacramento Bee, November 26, 2014

Germany Relies on Consumers for Growth as Investment Declines
Bloomberg, November 25, 2014

Japan's Young Fret as Unexpected Recession Hits
Associated Press, November 24, 2014

Treating Thailand as pariah hurts trade with U.S.
The Sacramento Bee, November 18, 2014

Beyond the Border October 2014 Newsletter
Canada-United States Beyond the Border Action Plan, November 4, 2014



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