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Trade Update - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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9th Anniversary Edition- Trade Update

Thanks to our over 5,000 readers around the world for your continued interest and support.

Nine years ago, on October 1, 2007, the California
Council for International Trade (CCIT) merged with
the California Chamber of Commerce International
Trade Committee to create the CalChamber
Council for International Trade
, which expands California’s voice on trade.

Please visit the CalChamber’s “History of the CCIT.”

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Susanne Stirling, Vice President, International Affairs
Mary Watts, Assistant, International Affairs

And thanks to the CalChamber Communications Department!

Ann Amioka, Vice President, Communications
Steve Dormann, Web Managing Editor
Sara Espinosa, Publications Editor
Neil Ishikawa, Art Director
Cheryl O’Neal, Communications Assistant


CalChamber Companies in the News

Obama administration officials ramp up push for Pacific pact
Featuring CalChamber Member Companies General Electric and Federal Express
The Hill, September 29, 2016

Growth through Collaboration: Doing Business in Africa
Featuring CalChamber Member Company UPS
By Laura Lane, UPS, Featured by the U.S. Department of Commerce, September 29, 2016

Almond group Blue Diamond increases capacity 
Just Food, September 29, 2016

Trade Policy

From the World Trade Organization

WTO members accept Argentina’s invitation
to host 2017 Ministerial Conference

DG Azevêdo urges WTO members to deepen discussions
to advance negotiating work

Public Forum stresses the role of trade in empowering women

New book examines provisions in RTAs and their impact
on WTO rules and members

Businesses share ideas on rules for inclusive trade

New book examines African perspectives on trade and the WTO

Trade Policy Review: Russian Federation

From the White House

Third Estimate of Gross Domestic Product for the Second Quarter of 2016

Dr. Biden to Travel to the Republic of Cuba and the Dominican Republic

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews Delivers Opening Remarks at the Association for Mexican Entrepreneurs Leadership Summit

Secretary Pritzker Highlights Economic Cooperation
and Anti-Corruption Efforts in Ukraine

Our Partnership with Canada – Beyond the Border

U.S. Companies Explore Opportunities in the Brazilian Healthcare Sector

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews Delivers Remarks at Danish Royal Visit and Business Delegation

From the U.S. Trade Representative

United States Presses for Rapid Enforcement of Two World Trade Organization (WTO) Victories

Statement of Ambassador Michael Punke at the WTO Trade Policy Review of the Russian Federation

Trade Agreements

Secretary Kerry reaffirms the need for a strong transatlantic relationship
State Department, October 4, 2016

Secretary Kerry: If we reject TPP, we take a giant step backward
State Department, September 28, 2016


GAO to examine panel on foreign investment in U.S. strategic firms
Reuters, October 3, 2016

SBA Announces $18.8 Million to Support Small Business Trade Growth
U.S. Small Business Administration, October 3, 2016

U.S. Economy Expanded at Revised 1.4% Rate in Second Quarter
Bloomberg, September 29, 2016


How difficult is it to export internationally?
Here’s one Irvine business’ experience

The Orange County Register, October 2, 2016

How California benefits from trade with China
The Press Enterprise, October 2, 2016

California Governor Jerry Brown signs anti-BDS bill into law
Newly approved legislation prevents companies that boycott or discriminate against any sovereign country from trading with the state.
Times of Israel, September 25, 2016

Bay Area economy outpaces U.S., China
San Francisco Chronicle, September 26, 2016

CalChamber Presents Handy Ballot Guide
CalChamber Alert, September 23, 2016

Job Creator Bills    

More International Articles

Hanjin Shipping Collapse Leaves Up to 15,000 Cargo Containers Piled Up
Los Angeles Daily News, October 3, 2016

Colombia referendum: Voters reject Farc peace deal
BBC News, October 3, 2016

Greece expects growth, lower debt, unemployment to ease in 2017-draft budget
Reuters, October 3, 2016

Global Economy Week Ahead: IMF Meetings, U.S. Jobs Report,
China Forex Reserves

The Wall Street Journal, October 2, 2016

Britain will launch Brexit by April , prime minister says
Associated Press, October 2, 2016

United States and Cuba Hold Fourth Bilateral Commission Meeting
in Washington, D.C.

State Department, September 30, 2016

China cuts consumption tax on cosmetics to stir growth
Reuters, September 30, 2016

Liam Fox predicts free EU trade post-Brexit
BBC News, September 29, 2016

China sees growing downward pressure on trade
Reuters, September 29, 2016

OPEC Reaches Preliminary Accord to Curb Oil Production
Associated Press, September 29, 2016

US Treasury Head Touts Trade, Security in Mexico Visit
Associated Press, September 29, 2016

EU Calls for Sweeping Changes to Basel Bank-Capital Proposal
Bloomberg, September 29, 2016

Danish PM casts doubt on reaching Europol deal with EU
Reuters, September 29, 2016




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