Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I February 2019

Chamber announces new leadership at the helm of World Trade Week Southern California 2019toparticle
Vincent Iacopella, executive vice president, growth and strategy, Alba Wheels Up International Inc., and Wayne Wagner, senior manager, Brokerage Services, FedEx Logistics, will lead 2019 World Trade Week efforts as chair and vice chair respectively. Iacopella and Wagner will oversee World Trade Week's 2019 launch during the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Kickoff Breakfast on Thursday, May 2, at the InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles Downtown. READ MORE, VIEW THE PROGRAM VIDEO and RSVP NOW.

Chamber first in nation to launch platform for issuance of Certificates of Free Sale & GMP
The L.A. Area Chamber is proud to be the first chamber of commerce in the nation to bring exporters in the region a revolutionary new online platform. Chamber partner Fast Track Global Services has worked closely with global regulatory leaders and ministries of health, various U.S. chambers of commerce, freight and freight forwarders to develop a platform that uses incorruptible blockchain technology to help exporters obtain and process documents with accuracy, enhanced security and instant traceability. This revolutionary platform provides companies with easy online processing of Certificates of Free Sale (CFS) and/or Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) documents and allows them to be apostilled and/or legalized in record time at minimal cost. READ THE RELEASE. LEARN MORE.
LARExC provides trade recommendations in APEC Business Advisory Council study
Carlos J. Valderrama, vice chair of the Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC), was interviewed as part of the 2018 USC Marshall School of Business - APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Research Team study. The USC team released the report, titled "Realizing the Untapped Potential of MSMEs in APEC," featuring practical recommendations for enhancing cross-border trade. More than 300 professional organizations, government entities, corporations and industry groups in the Pacific Rim participated in this practical and pragmatic research study. LARExC, an affiliate program of the Chamber, was one of the few organizations in Southern California to have the distinct opportunity of providing professional feedback and recommendations. Read the EXECUTIVE SUMMARY and the FULL REPORT.
Export Documentation Briefing, Feb. 27
Join the Chamber and Fast Track Global Services, in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service, on Feb. 27, 9-11:30 a.m., to learn what export documentation you need and solutions from expert speakers about the following:
  • The most effective way to submit your entry documents
  • Security and customs requirements, including documents needed for restricted articles, cosmetics, nutraceuticals, medical devices and pharma
  • Certificates of Origin, Certificates of Free Sale and other certificates
  • Import licenses, notarization, authentication and apostilles
  • Navigating product registration issues
  • Using Incoterms® and distributor agreements to shift risks and facilitate payments
Cost: $25; Space is limited - REGISTER NOW.
UCLA Latin American Business Conference, March 1
UCLA Anderson, in partnership with the Chamber for the fourth consecutive year, is pleased to present the Latin American Business Conference, which will bring together influential leaders from both the private and public sectors to address opportunities in and concerns of the region and articulate a road map that informs and inspires actions to engage with Latin America's bright and prosperous future. Conversations will address key issues facing Latin America and challenge the audience to rethink the traditional ways of doing business given the current economic, social and political states of the region. The program will feature keynote speaker Sergio Fajardo, former mayor of Medellín and former governor of the State of Antioquia, Colombia. REGISTER NOW.
Exploring Dubai: The Next Business Frontier, March 11
For the second year, the Chamber, Dubai Investment Development Agency and Dubai FDI invite you to learn about the innovation driven economy of Dubai. Topics will include: an overview of the top 10 major innovation pillars of Dubai; Dubai as a platform to enhance business growth in the region; Dubai's investment climate and leading sectors for U.S. export and investment; and how to use international diversification and partnerships to grow your company and increase your exports. Private meetings with Dubai government agencies are available. REGISTER NOW.
Awards nominations open!
The World Trade Week Committee is currently seeking nominations for a series of prestigious international trade awards that will be presented in front of an audience of more than 800 at the World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel. Award winners are eligible for complimentary exhibit space at the event.

Categories include:
The submission deadline is March 15. LEARN MORE.
Scholarship opportunities
The World Trade Week Education Committee offers annual scholarship awards to encourage outstanding young women and men to continue in post-secondary study in international trade and business. The amount of the award ranges from $500 to $1000. Career options in this sector are wide-ranging. Scholarship recipients will be those students who plan to pursue studies in programs and careers that reflect a broad definition of international trade and business. These programs may lead to careers in law, accounting, product development, freight forwarding, port administration, port services, import/export finance and banking, international relations and government service, among others. APPLY NOW.
Showcase your company at the largest celebration of trade in the nation
Sponsors have the unique opportunity to integrate marketing and charitable goals by supporting international trade educational programs and scholarships, while also gaining recognition in front of key companies and stakeholders of the Southern California international trade community. HEAR how WTW scholarships have impacted past student recipients. LEARN MORE.
California Agriculture Industry Briefing, March 6
Members of the Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group are invited to the first private session of 2019 on Wednesday, March 6, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Chamber to receive a briefing on the California agriculture industry from Josh Eddy, executive director of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, and Dr. Amrith Gunasekara, science advisor to Secretary Ross at the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Eddy and Gunasekara will provide an in-depth overview of the state's agriculture sector, international strategies of the California Department of Food and Agriculture and best practices for agricultural exports and imports. RSVP NOW.

Turkish Airlines Cargo continues to flourish with Los Angeles capabilities
Turkish Cargo services 124 countries and is the fastest-growing air cargo brand in the world. Since being incorporated in 2000, Turkish Cargo has facilitated the air cargo transportation operations of Turkish Airlines, which flies to more countries and international destinations than any other airline. In recent years, Turkish Cargo has increased its global cargo market share from 145 tons in 2005 to 1,300 tons in 2018. Currently, Turkish Cargo operates 18 cargo aircraft to 73 destinations around the globe. Turkish Cargo currently flies seven weekly cargo flights out of Los Angeles, and with Turkish Airlines' two new gateways in Mexico, Mexico City and Cancun, scheduled to open in August 2019, Turkish Cargo will continue to expand its cargo volume in the market.

In addition, the new Istanbul Airport, scheduled to open this month, will be the world's largest airport upon completion, with the capacity to service 5.5 million tons of cargo. More than 60 capitals can be accessed with Istanbul's geographical advantage, and narrow body range capabilities allow for more than 40 percent of worldwide international traffic to be accessed from Istanbul, making it ideal for international businesses based in Los Angeles. LEARN MORE.
Los Angeles hits 50 million annual visitors
The Chamber joined the L.A. Tourism & Convention Board, Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson and Councilman Joe Buscaino in January for the announcement that Los Angeles set a record by reaching 50 million tourists last year. This 3.1 percent increase over 2017 numbers enabled the City to reach our 2020 goal of 50 million two years ahead of schedule. READ MORE.
Trade Community Eventsevents
To view a full listing of events, visit the International Trade Calendar.

Qualified interns available
The Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates is seeking to place several UAE University students in unpaid internships with local companies. Students are pursuing careers in mechanical engineering, finance, business administration and accounting fields. To learn more, contact Dalal Chamas, 310.623.5611.
Japan Update
Join the Japan America Society on Feb. 21 to hear expert speakers share their perspectives on U.S.-Japan business trends, trade and the future of U.S.-Japan relations. The event will highlight U.S.-Japan connections at the national, state and local levels, including Japanese economic and business ties with Southern California. High-level speakers will include The Honorable Junichi Ihara, former consul general of Japan in Los Angeles. LEARN MORE.
HUB Camara Santo Domingo 2019
The Export and Investment Center of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD) and the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo (CCPSD) invite you to participate in the next edition of the event, Hub Camara Santo Domingo 2019, March 5-8, to meet with multi-sector Central American exporters. LEARN MORE or contact Ron Lizardo.
A smart way to staff up: Make an impact in your community while saving time and money
Finding successful candidates for entry-level positions can be difficult. But many candidates are overlooked because of having non-traditional backgrounds. Many of these individuals are resilient, work-ready candidates eager to fill entry-level jobs, despite facing challenges, such as time spent in the foster and juvenile justice systems.

The Chamber, in partnership with Los Angeles County and The Coca-Cola Company, is connecting employers with qualified interns, including fully subsidized wages. The program features an eight-week internship program for interns certified by the Chamber and matched to your industry. To find out more and find your next great hire, contact Gerry Feeney, 213.580.7564.

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