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Many countries now require a Certificate of Free Sale as assurance from a foreign agency that the products listed on the certificate are freely sold in the U.S.

As a service to its members and the greater busienss community, the L.A. Area Chamber issues Certificates of Free Sale for products legally sold in the U.S. With our quick, inexpensive and easy service, you'll be able to demonstrate your products are freely sold in the U.S. Get started today or contact Aaron Borboa for more information.

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. 
Read more on the process behind issuing Certificates of Origin. 
Trade news from around the world
Once a month, the L.A. Area Chamber produces an email brief including trade news from around the world. The brief is a Global Trades Council exclusive email benefit that is later published online. Read more.

topChamber joins Los Angeles World Affairs Council in honoring Los Angeles Consular Corps
The Chamber co-sponsored a reception at the Artemesia Mansion in Hollywood Hills last month to honor distinguished members of the Los Angeles Consular Corps. Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben welcomed members of the diplomatic corps and congratulated them on their direct contribution to making L.A. a global city. This annual event was organized by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council with the participation of the Chamber and the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. Contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570.
* Diplomats attending last month's reception. Photo by Empty Space Studios, courtesy of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.
Global Initiatives Council receives update on impact of e-commerce on trade
The Council was joined by Robert Tanner, director for telecommunications and electronic commerce at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in mid-October, as he discussed how the emergence of digital trade is both an opportunity and challenge to international trade, including privacy and online security measures. "Companies exporting via the internet are reaching an average of 30 countries, while companies not utilizing the internet are reaching an average of only five countries," noted Tanner, who also shared current plans for USTR to negotiate digital trade terms that will help U.S. companies export successfully. Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.
Celebrating 55 years of Sister Chamber Relations with Nagoya, Japan

In recognition of the 55th anniversary of the sister chamber relationship with the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Norman Arikawa, assistant director of trade development, Port of Los Angeles, represented the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce in presenting a certificate to Mr. Toru Ito, director of the Nagoya Chamber. This relationship coincides with the City of L.A. and the Port of Los Angeles which also recognized 55-year anniversaries as sister cities and sister ports. The Port traveled to Japan to celebrate the anniversary by attending the Nagoya Festival with a L.A. delegation led by City Councilmember Tom LaBonge.  Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.

LARExC welcomes Chinese high-speed rail delegation 

The Chamber welcomed Zhang Yujing, president of the China Chamber of Commerce of Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products, delegates and senior representatives of the Chinese Railway Corporation. The delegation met with board members of the Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC) to continue the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Gov. Brown and the Chinese government in 2013. Chinese railway executives met with local government and business leaders to learn more about the California High Speed Rail project. Mike Rossi, senior advisor to Gov. Brown, Assemblymember Ed Chau and LARExC Chair James McLellan addressed nearly 100 guests at the reception held at the Chamber. Contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570.

Italian Start-up Companies Showcased at the Chamber

Chamber Senior Vice President Carlos J. Valderrama welcomed 11 Italian technology companies to L.A. last month. In partnership with the Italian Trade Agency, these start-ups showcased innovative technology, ICT, big data and mobile innovation. The Chamber Global Initiatives Council has been encouraging foreign technology firms to explore partnerships opportunities in the L.A. region. Contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570.

Chamber welcomes Global Trade Review Trade & Export Finance Conference to L.A.

The Chamber welcomed 120 business executives to the only gathering of trade finance practitioners on the West Coast, organized by Global Trade Review. Executives heard industry leaders discuss the financing demands of corporate organizations and the complexities of seeking new opportunities in emerging markets. Contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570.


Growing international business opportunities for California's companies, Nov. 19  

Join the Global Initiatives Council for the last session of the year for a special round-table discussion with the chair of the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council. The California economy benefits significantly from international trade and investment, and in recognition of the need to grow such opportunities, Gov. Jerry Brown initiated the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council earlier this year. U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Eleni Kounalakis, who was appointed as the chair of that council, will provide a brief update on the State's current trade efforts and will provide the L.A. international trade community an opportunity to share their comments on what the State of California can do to expand both outbound and inbound trade opportunities for its companies. Register Now or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.

Welcome to our newest Trade Commissioners Networking Group member: 
TCNG Strategic Planning Session & VIP Holiday Reception:  Dec. 4
Join us for our annual strategic roundtable discussion at Omni Los Angeles Hotel, downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 4, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. We will set top program priorities for 2015, discuss ideal meeting dates and receive your general feedback. Immediately following this session, we invite you to stay for the Chamber's Annual Holiday V.I.P. Reception from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
We strongly encourage you to attend this session to ensure your programming priorities are heard! For TCNG members only. RSVP to Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.

The Chamber established TCNG by providing the infrastructure and the venue needed where foreign trade diplomats could develop their own strategies and programs as they perform their professional responsibilities. Over the past three years, the membership of the group has grown from four initial members to nearly 30 countries. Learn more.


World Trade Week participates in International Trade Education Program's GPS your Future
In October former World Trade Week (WTW) scholarship recipients and Chamber staff participated in an exhibit at a career discovery event hosted by International Trade Education Programs (ITEP) and California State University Dominguez Hills, for ITEP Academy students at Banning, Barstow, Carson, Gardena and San Pedro High Schools. Students distributed the WTW Career Guide publication and had the opportunity to discuss trade career paths with high school students. 
Support one of the nation's largest celebrations of international trade
World Trade Week (WTW) is dedicated to educating the public about the positive impacts of international trade on the local and national economies. As a 2015 WTW sponsor, your company will have the unique opportunity to integrate your marketing and charitable goals by supporting international trade educational programs and scholarships, while also gaining recognition throughout the year. Hear how WTW scholarships have impacted this year's student recipients
World Trade Week 2014 Scholarship
World Trade Week 2014 Scholarship
Learn more here or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.
To submit an event or for more information on any of the information in this newsletter, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.
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