CalChamber International Overview

Going global? The California Chamber of Commerce has a wealth of global resources and international contacts to get you started. From trade issues, federal legislation, and everything you need to know about the import/export business, chances are you'll find what you need to take your business to new levels.

California is one of the 10 largest economies in the world with a gross state product of more than $2 trillion. According to an International Trade and Investment Study produced by the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, "International trade and investment is a major economic engine for the state of California that broadly benefits businesses, communities, consumers and state government." Read more trade statistics or about the impact of foreign direct investment in the U.S economy.

Dozens of international articles, videos and reports are generated by the CalChamber annually. These messages and events are featured on the CalChamber website, publications, and email newsletters. The weekly Trade Update provides the latest international headlines, trade policy updates, and calendar of international events. More than 50 frequently asked questions and answers are included in the Trade FAQs.

Trade Promotion Authority

​​​Action Call​

Contact your Congressional Representative 
in support of 
Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)
Bipartisan Congressional 
Trade Priorities Act of 2014

Federal Bill Extends President’s Authority to Negotiate Free Trade Agreements

The California Chamber of Commerce is supporting legislation introduced in Congress to renew the authority of the President and/or U.S. Trade Representative to negotiate trade agreements.

​The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014​ (TPA-2014) was introduced January 9 by U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Michigan) as H.R.3830 and Former U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Montana) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) as S.1900. This legislation would reauthorize TPA for four years with the possibility of a three-year extension. Alternative bills may also be introduced.​

​Passage of trade promotion authority will help Congress and the President to work together to forge new and beneficial trade agreements for the United States.

​Trade is an important engine for U.S. economic growth and jobs. With more than 30% of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) tied to international trade and investment, 95% of the world’s population abroad, and more than one in five U.S. jobs supported by trade, U.S. engagement in the international marketplace is more important to the nation’s economy than ever.​

Bill Summary​​

Read CalChamber Top Story


And if you think trade can’t be fun…

See BuzzFeed piece on the
layman’s guide to TTIP –called
“15 Corgis with a Nose for Business.”

(Courtesy of  Mr. Robin Newmann | Vice Consul,
Director for West Coast Politics, Press & Public Affairs,
British Consulate-General, San Francisco)

CalChamber Receives Korean Presidential Citation 

On Thursday, December 6, the California Chamber of Commerce received the prestigious Presidential Citation from the government of the Republic of Korea for promoting U.S.-Korea trade and commercial relations, and specifically for contributing to the passage of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA).CalChamber, December 11, 2012

Pictured: Consul General Jeong Gwan Lee and Consul Kwang Ho Lee of the Korean Consulate General in San Francisco present the Korean Presidential Citation to Mrs. Susanne Stirling, Vice President International Affairs, with 2012 Chair Tim Dubois observing.


CalChamber Hosts Gathering for Consular Corps, G​overnor to Meet​
Alert, May 25, 2012

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. addresses some of the 175 attendees at the
second annual CalChamber-hosted reception for the consular corps and
representatives of California foreign ecnomic partners.   

International Activities

Looking Out for Business — Through our lobbying team and committees, we monitor state and federal legislative issues, as well as multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations on behalf of Californians doing business abroad.

Making Connections — We work as a clearinghouse of information for international trade. We encourage our members to share their international expertise, while also bridging the gap between government agencies and private companies, here and abroad.

Getting Involved — We give you as many chances as possible to grow your international business. Each year, we sponsor/co-sponsor trade and investment missions, educational programs and conferences, as well as trade and catalog shows.

See a partial listing of our past International Trade Forums.

See a listing of past Council on  International Trade Forums.

California Chamber Trade and Investment Missions

As California steps further into the international market, we’ll be there. Over the years, CalChamber delegations have participated in the state’s trade and investment missions.

Members and CalChamber officials often participate in trade events such as International Expos and the World Economic Forum. CalChamber Board members and officials have accompanied four California Governors to various worldwide destinations, including Mexico City to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and various trade missions.

View previous California Trade Missions.

Visit for a list of U.S. Department of Commerce-sponsored trade missions.

Consular Corps - Welcome to California Info Packet

Information for newly posted California consular corps members in one handy packet.

View the Welcome to California Packet

Additional International Resources

California State Trade and Export Promotion (CA STEP) Calendar

The California State Trade and Export Promotion (California STEP) project combines a network of state, federal, private and non-profit trade promotion organizations in California to facilitate export promotion activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for small businesses.


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Trade For Kids

California Coalition for Free Trade

A broad-based group of companies and business organizations working to secure a national free trade agenda.

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CalChamber Receives President's Export Award

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke (right) presented the award to CalChamber Vice President of International Affairs Susanne Stirling in an afternoon ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 5, 2009.

President's Export Award Recipient

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The California Chamber of Commerce has received the President’s “Excellence for Export Service Award,” the nation’s highest award to honor U.S. exporters. 

Subscribe to the CalChamber Council for International Trade Update CITU - weekly– e trade-newsletter.  

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California ST​EP​
The California State Trade and Export Promotion (California STEP) project combines a network of state, federal, private and non-profit trade promotion organizations in California to facilitate export promotion activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for small businesses.

 Exporting Guide
for California Businesses

 Exporting Guide for California Businesses
Exporting Guide Provides
Essential Trade Tips


Featured Story 
​​(March 4, 2014) The California Chamber Commerce has joined the Discover America Partnership (DAP), a diverse coalition of industries and associations whose work depends on safe and efficient inbound international travel. The DAP is a lobbying and grassroots campaign to advance visa and entry reforms to enable the United States to regain its historic share of the booming world travel market.

DAP members reflect a broad range of industries that share the need for efficient overseas travel to the United States–whether the travel is to negotiate business deals, host global conferences and trade shows, or welcome international tourists. In 2012, international travel to the U.S. accounted for $129 billion in direct spending, supporting 1.1 million jobs. There is enormous potential for growth, but only if the nation takes practical steps to more efficiently and securely welcome millions of new visitors.

Profiles In Trade
​(February 4, 2014) California Chamber of Commerce Board member Margaret Wong is among the partners who have launched a new facility—the California Center—to promote China-California trade.

Wong is president and CEO of McWong International, Inc. The Sacramento-headquartered company is a supporting partner of the California Center, along with the CalAsian Chamber of Commerce and CHIC Group.

Earlier this month, the California Center hosted a special reception in Sacramento to announce the launch of its new facility in China. A large group of business and government leaders attended the event, including Allan Zaremberg, CalChamber president and CEO, and Susanne Stirling, CalChamber vice president of international affairs.

Featured Video

Ambassador Highlights Importance of Strong Trade with Mexico

(April 2, 2012) U.S. Ambassador to Mexico E. Anthony Wayne discussed the importance of a strong trade relationship with Mexico at the California Chamber of Commerce International Breakfast forum on March 30.

Wayne and the Consul General to Mexico Carlos Gutierrez, who also attended the forum, joined legislators from all U.S. border states for the Border Legislative Council Conference at the State Capitol earlier in the week



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