Global Trade and Foreign Investment

The Los Angeles metropolitan area is the top international center in the United States. Global trade provides jobs to about 500,000 individuals in the region. Foreign firms employ about 150,000 workers and professionals, and trade-in services — along with foreign tourists and university students — contribute billions to our local economy. The Chamber advocates for the development and access of international markets by local companies and promotes increased global trade opportunities, resulting in economic growth for the region. 

One of the primary objectives of the Global Initiatives Council is the creation of jobs through expanding global trade and investment.

We encourage the White House, U.S. Congress and the U.S. Trade Representative to support the negotiation of fair and free trade agreements to increase employment through expanding international trade and investment.

 Read the 2017 Trade Policy Recommendations 

  • Earnestly continue the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement negotiations with the European Union with the objective to successfully conclude a mutually acceptable agreement as soon as possible.
  • Support and play a leading role in the negotiations for the World Trade Organization (WTO) International Service Agreement that will expand market access for our service sectors. 
  • Support and conclude negotiations for the WTO Information Technology Agreement to increase the scope of duty-free IT products.
  • Successfully reach agreement on bilateral investment treaties with China and India.
  • Support the full implementation of current free trade agreements and ensure the effective monitoring and enforcement of our trading partners’ obligations.  


Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP)


Proof that Global Trade Agreements Can Still Get Done -- And Still Work, by Hon. James Villeneuve, Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles


Trade Statistics from the California Chamber of Commerce

United States Trade Representative

United States Free Trade Agreements

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Department of Commerce — International Trade Administration

World Trade Organization — Trade Policy Review


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