October 2012 - in this issue...
Chamber to Welcome Deputy Director of International Affairs and Business Development for GO-Biz   

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Doing Business

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Office of the United States Trade Representative

U.S. Dept. of the Treasury - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

U.S. Department of Commerce - International Trade Administration

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

World Trade Organization

World Economic Forum
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eCertify, the efficient way to process Certificates of Origin, saves you time and money.

The Chamber was recognized last week at the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) 2011 Convention for being one of the first chambers of commerce in the country to use eCertify and for processing one of the largest quantities of Certificates of Origin online in the country. The Chamber is proud to offer eCertify technology as our standard to process Certificates of Origin. With eCertify, exporters and freight forwarders have a seamless and streamlined electronic solution providing real value in cost savings and efficiency gains. Get started today.

Read more on the process behind issuing Certificates of Origin.
ExporTech: Helping U.S. Manufacturers Build Successful Export Strategies 
helps companies enter or expand in global markets. The program assists companies in developing an international growth plan, provides experts who will vet their plans, and connects the companies with organizations that will help them move quickly beyond planning to actual export sales. The program is intended for executives and is aimed at both new-to-export companies and those that have done some exporting, but have not fully exploited global opportunities. 
Contact Elizabeth Glynn, 310.984.0728.      
Trade news from around the world

Twice a month, the L.A. Area Chamber produces an email brief that includes trade news from around the world. The brief is a Global Trades Council exclusive email benefit that is later published online. Read more.
Oliva Nearly a decade after the closure of the California Trade, Technology and Commerce Agency, California is rebuilding a full-fledged business development team and taking steps to open a California foreign office in Shanghai, China. In September, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Paul Oliva to head the international components of California's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). On Wednesday, Oct. 17, 9-10:30 a.m., Oliva will brief the Global Initiatives Council on the structure of GO-Biz, the evolving thinking behind the international business development function and an update on Shanghai office plans. Oliva plans to engage the Council on what are L.A.'s priorities on international investment and infrastructure, and thoughts on policies, partnerships and promotions. Register now or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569. 
INSIDE THE CHAMBER                                                                                 
World Trade Week 2013 sponsorship opportunities available

WTW Next year World Trade Week (WTW), an initiative of the L.A. Area Chamber, will be celebrating its 87th anniversary. The most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country, WTW dedicates itself to educating the public on the positive aspects of international trade on the local and national economy through educational programs and events. We encourage you to support this very special program by becoming a sponsor of World Trade Week 2013, scheduled for the first week of May 2013. As a sponsor, your company will have the unique opportunity to integrate its marketing and charitable goals by supporting international trade educational programs and scholarships, while gaining recognition throughout the year. Learn more or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 

Presidential candidate positions on international trade
Op-Ed by Brian Peck, co-chair, International Policy, Chamber's Global Initiatives Council

Brian_Peck With the exception of the issue on the U.S. trade relationship with China, the presidential election campaign up to this point has been relatively quiet on international trade, which of course is a critical component of our local economy and a significant engine for economic growth. Both President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney believe expanding overseas markets for U.S. goods and services and increasing exports are significant and necessary engines for creating jobs and economic growth. Given the importance of international trade to both the Los Angeles region and California, I have outlined a brief summary of the candidates' positions on key trade-related issues:

  • Bilateral and Regional Free Trade Agreements
  • Trade Promotion Authority
  • Trade Enforcement/China
  • World Trade Talks

 Read more on these issues.

ON YOUR RADAR                                                                                        
U.S. Department of Commerce announces exports from U.S. metropolitan areas totaled $1.31 trillion in 2011 

Last month, the International Trade Administration released new data summarizing 2011 metropolitan merchandise export performance. The data shows significant improvement in export volume in most metro areas since 2009. Los Angeles showed a growth rate increase of 16.9 percent from 2010. "The continued growth of exports from our cities and communities across the country are making a real difference in creating American jobs and helping grow our economy," said Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank. "Higher exports mean more jobs, and the significant increase in exports that we have seen since 2009 is contributing to our ongoing recovery from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression." Read more or access data overview

Trade Mission: Messe Nagoya 2012, Nov. 7-10
The Chamber and the Port of Los Angeles are joining efforts in the recruitment of regional companies to participate in the Messe Nagoya Trade Show 2012. Nagoya is the center of the Chubu region, often called "Japan's Industrial Heartland," due to its industrial volume supported by the world's finest technologies. Greater Nagoya accounts for 2 percent of the world's total manufactured goods and Nagoya's GDP accounts for 1.3 percent of the world GDP. The Nagoya region has a special significance for the City of Los Angeles. Nagoya was the first Sister City of Los Angeles and this relationship was established in 1959. In addition to this senior status, Los Angeles has a sister port relationship with the Port of Nagoya and the Chamber has a similar relationship with the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry. To participate in the trade show, contact Norman Arikawa, 310.732.3838. 
COMMUNITY EVENTS                                                                                 


ExIm Bank Working Capital Delegated Authority Seminar, Oct. 23


3rd Annual Gateway California, Oct. 23


KORUS FTA: Cooperation & Success, Oct. 24  


U.S. Vietnam Trade Symposium, Oct. 25   

Doing Business in Latin America: Opportunities for Japanese and American Companies, Oct. 25

Eco Expo Asia 2012, Oct. 27-30


"Touch Your Future" Competition on Skills, Innovations and Educational Exhibition,
Nov. 6 - 8 


Multi-Sector Trade Mission to South Africa & Zambia, Nov. 26-30

Sri Lanka Jewels 2012, Dec. 7-9

Visit the International Trade Calendar for a complete listing

To submit an event or for more information on any of the information in this newsletter, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569
The Chamber is proud to be a partner of California STEP. The California State Trade and Export Promotion (California STEP) project combines a network of state, federal, private and non-profit trade promotion activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for
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