​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.​

TPA Updates

Follow Trade Bills through Legislature​ — CalChamber continues to advocate for trade policies that will enhance the competitiveness of california companies. 
​Follow recent developments here.

CalChamber Joins the World Affairs Council on Cuba Policy Trip

Cuba Policy Trip 

CalChamber International Trade Priorities Video

International Trade Priorities

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.

Top Story​​​​​​​​​​​​​


​Gubernatorial Trade Mission​ to Mexico - July 2014

Trade Mission BlogGovernor Edmund G. Brown Jr. led a historic trade and investment mission to Mexico. Visit to learn more about this successful trade and investment mission​.

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.

California Chamber Trade and Investment Missions

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.)

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

CalChamber Receives Korean Presidential Citation

Consul General Jeong Gwan Lee (left) and Consul
Kwang Ho Lee (right) of the Korean Consulate
General in San Francisco present the Korean
Presidential Citation to Susanne Stirling.

On December 6, 2012, 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).

The CalChamber was an early supporter of the U.S.-Korea FTA, the culmination of a five-year process from negotiations, to passage and implementation.

CalChamber Receives Presidents Export Award

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke (right)
presented the award to CalChamber Vice
President of International Affairs Susanne
Stirling in Washington, D.C.​

The California Chamber of Commerce received the prestigious President’s “Excellence for Export Service Award,” the nation’s highest award to honor United States exporters on November 5, 2009.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Locke said that those honored at the ceremony have “shown the foresight and ability to grow and prosper through a strong export strategy. Exporting U.S. manufactured goods and services plays an important role in rebuilding the American economy and creating jobs at home. With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside our borders, there is great potential to boost economic growth and create new jobs in America through exporting.​​​​

Additional International Resources

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 Bu​sinesses

 Exporting Guide for California Businesses


Featured Story 
​(June 30, 2015) U.S. President Barack Obama yesterday signed California Chamber of Commerce-supported legislation that renews the authority for the President and/or U.S. Trade Representative to negotiate trade agreements.

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.

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.




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