Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I June 2017

Chamber receives briefing on U.S. - European Tradetoparticletop
More than 60 attendees joined the Chamber, in partnership with DWF, an international law firm based in Cologne, Germany, last month as experts examined if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is still a valid option to pursue. The program also provided an update on the local impact of the United Kingdom's future departure from the European Union. Bilateral trade between the L.A. region and Europe is around $40 billion. Speakers included the Hon. Hans Jörg Neumann, consul general, Federal Republic of Germany, the Hon. Dr. Sinisa Grgic, consul general, Republic of Croatia and 2017 representative of the European Union, Dr. Robert A. Kleinhenz, executive director of research, Beacon Economics, and Klaus M. Brisch, DWF partner and head of technology. A special video message from Amb. John B. Emerson, former U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, can be viewed HERE.
World Trade Week Committee tours NYK/Yusen Terminals
Members of the Chamber's World Trade Week Committee received a private tour of Yusen Terminals in the San Pedro Harbor in late May, where they learned about key terminal service operations and containerized cargo. Members also had the rare opportunity to view the harbor from the four working post-Panamax cranes situated in the terminal. LEARN MORE and SEE THE PHOTOS.
The Path to Success with UCLA Extension
UCLA Extension recently partnered with the Chamber's Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment on their World Trade Week Global Trade Careers website, a comprehensive resource for high school and college students intended to encourage and support them in their pursuit of global trade careers. UCLA Extension specializes in providing courses to expand your knowledge base and provide certification to help you fast track your career. The continuing education school offers a wide variety of courses, ranging from architecture and interior design to accounting and taxation. LEARN MORE.
Private Tournament of Roses Briefing, June 29
Members of the Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group are invited to join executive leadership of the Tournament of Roses on June 29, from 10 a.m.-noon, for a private briefing at the Tournament House in Pasadena to discuss opportunities for collaboration and international participation. The session will include a look at the history of the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade and a sneak peek into highlights of the 129th annual parade, "Making a Difference."

For Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group members only.
Regional Impact of the Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), June 21
Join the L.A. Area Chamber to hear from Joel Backaler, managing director of Global Marketing for Frontier Strategy Group, as he provides an update on the potential regional implications of the NAFTA renegotiation. Newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has suggested the White House will pursue a course of "modernizing" NAFTA, rather than pulling out of the agreement. The discussion will focus on how the renegotiation will affect the commercial and industrial interests of existing supply chains and manufacturers in North America, what new trade and investment issues should be addressed in the negotiation and how California can benefit from a modernized agreement. REGISTER NOW.
NAFTA Modernization Survey
The Pacific North West Economic Region (PNWER) is undertaking a NAFTA modernization survey to gather feedback from across North America, collecting data from industries and organizations. The goal is to develop a set of overarching principles for a renegotiated NAFTA agreement that PNWER and other associations with bilateral and trilateral linkages (e.g. NASCO) can use to help guide their advocacy efforts with the U.S. administration. We encourage you to participate and TAKE THE SURVEY. Deadline to participate June 15.
Robert E. Lighthizer Sworn in as United States Trade Representative
Last month, Robert E. Lighthizer was sworn in as the 18th United States Trade Representative (USTR). An experienced trade negotiator and litigator, Amb. Lighthizer brings a history of tough U.S. trade enforcement and a record of standing up for American workers, farmers, manufacturers and businesses. At the time he was chosen by President Trump to serve as USTR, Amb. Lighthizer was a partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Skadden), where he practiced international trade law for over 30 years. His work there on behalf of American workers and businesses in the heavy manufacturing, agricultural, hi-tech and financial services industries opened markets to U.S. exports and defended U.S. industries from unfair trade practices. Amb. Lighthizer served as deputy USTR for President Ronald Reagan. During his tenure, Amb. Lighthizer negotiated over two dozen bilateral international agreements, including agreements on steel, automobiles and agricultural products. As deputy USTR, he also served as vice chairman of the Board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries. SEE THE PRESS RELEASE.
Los Angeles Trade Numbers
Los Angeles, with $398.13 billion in exports and imports, once again led the nation's roughly four dozen Customs districts for international trade in 2016. Overall trade increased 1.11 percent, with exports up 3.92 percent and imports down .04 percent. U.S. trade fell 2.76 percent, the second consecutive decline. You can learn more about the the role Los Angeles plays in U.S. trade and the role trade plays in Los Angeles in the 2017 Los Angeles Trade Numbers by WorldCity. GET YOUR FREE COPY.


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