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.​

CalChamber International Trade Priorities Video

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On January 5, 2015, the CalChamber released a video highlighting its international trade priorities for the year.

The video reiterates CalChamber support for renewing the President’s authority to negotiate trade agreements and pending agreements with Pacific nations and the European Union.

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​Gubernatorial Trade Mission​ to Mexico - July 2014

Trade Mission BlogGovernor Edmund G. Brown Jr. led a historic trade and investment mission to Mexico from July 27 to July 30. Visit to see daily overviews, news, documents, and photos from this successful trade and investment mission​.
(July 28, 2014) Day 2 - Trade, Investment, Climate and MOU
Day 1: Arrival and Reception

(July 28, 2014) Day 2 - Trade, Investment, Climate and MOU
Day 2: Trade,
Climate and MOU
(July 29, 2014) Day 3 - Agreements with Mexico’s Ministry of Education.
Day 3: Education MOU
and Business-to-
Business Meetings
(July 30, 2014) Day 4  - Signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for strengthening trade and investment cooperation.
Day 4: Trade Mission


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.


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


Related Links

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

President's Export Award Logo
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.  

 Exporting Guide
for California Businesses

 Exporting Guide for California Businesses
Exporting Guide Provides
Essential Trade Tips


Featured Story 
(February 4, 2015) The California Chamber of Commerce is urging United States and European Union leaders to advance the largest regional trading and investment relationship in the world.
In the latest CalChamber Capitol Report, Susanne Stirling, CalChamber vice president o​f international affairs explains that although these negations have been ongoing since 2013, with new EU officials in place, there is a sense of a fresh start for these particular negations which will create new opportunities for a range of companies.

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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