Inside Global Trade: Chamber Supports Textile Industry Concerns
July 2013 - in this issue...
Chamber Supports Textile Industry Concerns

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European Tariff Hike Leads L.A. Manufacturers to Look for Alternative Markets
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Director for China
The newly opened California-China Office of Trade and Investment is hiring a director for China to manage the Trade Office's activities from Shanghai. To apply, email cover letter and resume with the job title listed in the subject line.   


Trade & Investment Representative 

One of the Canadian provinces is recruiting for a trade & investment representative in Los Angeles. Key sectors are technology, natural resources and services. Main activities are in the areas of international business development, investment attraction and trade promotion.  

Trade news from around the world
Once 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.

Chamber supports textile industry concerns
The Chamber recently joined government officials, buyers, suppliers and textile industry leaders in a panel discussion on "The Future of U.S. Manufacturing and Opportunities in Los Angeles" at the Chamber. Panelists addressed concerns about the recent  European Union tariff hike from 12 percent to 38 percent for women's denim products made in the United States. As a result of this action, L.A. denim manufacturers are now faced with the dilemma of moving their manufacturing offshore to avoid the tariff or passing the cost on to customers in the face of a likely shrinking market share. "The European tariff increase on U.S.-made denim products would force local manufactures to consider outsourcing, thus reducing local employment," said Deborah Greaves, secretary and general counsel, True Religion Apparel, Inc. TAKE ACTION today by making your voice heard on this important issue. Contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570.
Global Initiatives Council receives update on future of global e-commerce
Chamber Board First Vice Chair and 2013 World Trade Week Chair Noel Massie, UPS, addressed the Global Initiatives Council in June for a discussion on e-commerce trends in the global market. Massie shared strategies on identifying target markets based on products, and focused on middle class growth projections and taking advantage of global opportunities. "Emerging market consumption will account for $30 trillion by 2025, a 70 percent growth," he said. "Companies need to be ready for this phenomenon." Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.
Chamber participates in Think Asia, Think Hong Kong Conference
Chamber Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives Carlos  Valderrama was the emcee during last month's Think Asia Think Hong Kong conference organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. The discussion focused on Hong Kong as "The Gateway for Chinese Outbound Investment" to help U.S. companies better understand the market environment of Chinese outbound investment, and the strong expertise of Hong Kong's services providers in enabling cross-border deals. Hong Kong's close trading relationship with both the mainland and the United States, as well as its status as Asia's international trade and financial center, make it the preferred platform for U.S. companies looking to tap new business opportunities in the region. Contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570.
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Welcome to Juan Carlos Briseño Merino

The Chamber welcomes Juan Carlos Briseño Merino, new trade commissioner of ProMexico, to L.A. and the Trade Commissioner's Networking Group. We thank former trade commissioner Mario Juarez for his support during his post and wish him all the best.


Trade Commissioner's Networking Group was established to provide the infrastructure and venue where foreign diplomats, including trade commissioners, 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. 

Export Champions Program Receives Recognition
The National Journal recently named the Export Champions Program as one of "50 Problem Solvers Washington Can Learn From." Last year, the Chamber and the University of California, Los Angeles launched the Export Champions Program, which is designed to help Southern California companies break into foreign markets. M.B.A. students from UCLA and the University of Southern California are assigned to businesses to conduct extensive research on how companies can go global. At the end of six months, businesses receive a professional-quality export plan for $15,000 - a fraction of what private-sector consultants would charge. Read the article here or contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7531.

Join us for this two-day conference, Sept. 25-26 at the University of California, Los Angeles, which will provide you the opportunity to meet with senior commercial officers from the U.S. Embassies in 12 western hemisphere countries to gain awareness and plug into opportunities. The Americas Business Forum was conceptualized with the needs of California manufacturers, with the goal of helping them connect to markets and partners, while minimizing time away from the office. Register by Aug. 16 to receive the special Early Bird discount. Register now or learn more.  

To submit an event or for more information on any of the information in this newsletter, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez213.580.7569.
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