January 13, 2010

Chamber works with USTR to Boost Exports

L.A. Area Chamber Senior VP of Global Initiatives Appointed to IGPAC Committee

Chamber renews Sister Chamber relations with Nagoya, Japan

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The Export-Import Bank of the United Sates enhances small business insurance policies and lender benefits.
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eCert, the efficient way to process Certificates of Origin, saves you time and money

The Chamber is proud to now offer eCert technology as our standard to process Certificates of Origin. With eCert, exporters and freight forwarders now have a seamless and streamlined electronic solution providing real value in cost savings and efficiency gains. Read more.



Chamber members and local manufacturing companies met with U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk, above center, in mid December for a discussion about the domestic challenges and barriers faced by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) entering the global marketplace. The USTR recently launched an initiative to boost exports by SMEs in the United States to grow jobs, and the Chamber will be working closely with the USTR to support those efforts. "American companies of all sizes must export their goods and services to get our economy growing again," said Ambassador Kirk.


Chamber Senior VP of Global Initiatives appointed to IGPAC Committee
Carlos J. Valderrama has been appointed to the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Valderrama will join the 28-member committee that provides policy advice to the USTR. Read more.

Chamber renews sister chamber relations with Nagoya, Japan
The Chamber and the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Japan celebrated the 50th anniversary of the relationship between Los Angeles and Nagoya in early December. Nagoya, often referred to as "Japan's Industrial Heartland," is a sister city of Los Angeles, while the Port of Nagoya, Japan's largest port, also fosters a strong relationship with the Port of Los Angeles. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by both chambers as a formal committment to enhance trade, investment, education and cultural ties between both cities. View photo gallery.

Chamber's Global Initiatives department had busy 2009
Last year a number of key global trade experts and leaders visited the Chamber. View our year in review and don't miss 2010.


Trade Commissioners Networking Group facilitates relationship to ignite trade
At a lunch co-organized by the Chamber in mid-December,  the Trade Commission of Ecuador announced a formal working relationship with Mercury Air Group, Inc. to send roses via Los Angeles to Japan. Ecuadorian grown roses, one of the country's most valuable exports, are heading to Japan, the most expensive rose market in the world, via Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). In the past, these roses have transited through Amsterdam, Frankfurt or Miami to reach Japan. "It has long been a goal to find a way for Ecuadorian flowers, especially roses, to reach world markets faster and at lower costs," said Eduardo Borrero, Trade Commissioner of Ecuador in Los Angeles. The Trade Commission of Ecuador is a member of the Chamber's Trade Commissioners Networking Group.

Next Session: Import Specialist Briefing-Private Session
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 9-10:30 a.m.
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TCNG was established to provide the infrastructure and venue where members can develop their own international trade strategies and programs as they perform their professional responsibilities. The Chamber is committed to working closely with countries who are actively promoting trade and economic opportunities. For more information, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 or jgonzalez@lachamber.com.


Trade Briefing: 107th China Import Export Fair, Jan. 28
Join the Chamber, in partnership with the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles for a briefing of the 107th Canton Fair. Ren Xiaodong, Vice Chairman of the China Foreign Trade Center will provide an overview of China's largest import and export fair taking place in April - May 2010. Last year 188,170 overseas merchants from 212 countries and regions, and turned out import and export contracts worth of more than 30 billion USD.Space is limited. Register now.

For more information on Chamber events, visit lachamber.com/events.


VITA Global Networking Breakfast: "Doing Business in Brazil," Jan. 20
Where: The Valley Economic Alliance Building, Sherman Oaks
Register: dwinters@economicalliance.org

WIT-LA presents "Duty Drawback Seminar" Updates for Drawback Filers and Program Participants, Jan. 28
Where: The Reef Restaurant, 880 S. Harbor Scenic Drive, Long Beach
Register: www.wit-la.org or wit.la@verizon.net

e-Services Global Sourcing Conference and Exhibition, Feb. 8-9
Where: SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines
Register: Archimedes C. Gomez at ptic-la@earthlink.net

FTA- Comprehensive Preparation Course for 2010 Broker Exam, Feb. 13-March 6

Where: Hacienda Hotel, El Segundo
Register: Bureau of Customs & Border Protection, 562.366.5404

Issues in Focus - Green Buildings, Green Jobs, Feb. 17
Where: RAND Corporation, Santa Monica
Register: www.rand.org

To submit an event or for more information on any of the information in this newsletter, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 or jgonzalez@lachamber.com.

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