Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I December 2018
China-U.S. trade relations discussed at the Chambertop
The Consulate General of China, in partnership with the Chamber and Los Angeles Regional Export Council, was joined by nearly 140 guests to hear from senior government officials, business leaders and experts as they shared their insights about the past, present and the future of China-U.S. trade relations. The seminar addressed the uncertainty caused by the imposition of tariffs on Chinese products and the escalation of trade friction between the world's two largest economies. "The more trade exists between two countries, the more disputes will exist. The question is not whether or not disputes exist, but rather whether there is bilateral intent to resolve those issues in good faith," noted Amb. Mickey Kantor, partner, Mayer Brown.
In 2017, trade with China accounted for 28.7 percent of California's total foreign trade, and exports to China accounted for nearly 10 percent of California exports. More than half of the cargo at the Port of Los Angeles and two-thirds of the cargo at the Port of Long Beach were to or from China. Speakers also included: Hon. Zhang Ping, consul general of China in Los Angeles; David Loevinger, managing director, TCW Group; Panorea Avdis, director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and executives from BYD Motors, International Vitamin Corporation and Qualcomm. SEE THE PHOTOS.
President of German Marshall Fund addresses Global Initiatives Council
In an era of unease in the transatlantic relationship, negotiations on trade have recently emerged with potential to reinvigorate the bond between the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Karen Donfried, president of the German Marshall Fund, addressed these issues as she shed light on the existing EU-U.S. trade relationship and the current state of trade negotiations between the two nations. Dr. Donfried noted that business has a key role to play in preserving transatlantic relations; business must weigh in on the important discussions to highlight the major economic benefits of maintaining a strong and positive trade relationship between the EU and the U.S. Maintaining a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) works to strengthen cooperation through convening leaders on transatlantic issues relevant to policymakers. In 2017, the EU and the Los Angeles region reached $47 billion in bilateral trade. Trade between the EU and California totaled $75 billion. SEE THE PHOTOS.
Vienna Chamber of Commerce and Industry visits Chamber
A group of more than 20 high-ranking Viennese business executives met with Chamber leadership last Friday to discuss potential collaboration and bilateral trade opportunities. The delegation was led by Walter Ruck, president of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The visit was facilitated by the Austrian Trade Commission in Los Angeles. Bilateral trade between the Los Angeles region and Austria reached $717 million last year. SEE THE PHOTOS.
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CA Energy Commission briefs diplomat group on CA environmental regulations and renewable energy
Dr. Robert Weisenmiller, chair to the California Energy Commission, and Dr. Fan Dai, special environmental advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown, met with members of the Chamber's Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group to discuss California's legislature and new initiatives pertaining to renewable energy and environmental protections. The briefing included an overview of the Global Climate Action Summit where Dr. Fan Dai noted that California accounts for only one percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Collaboration is needed on a global scale to have a meaningful impact, and the State looks to partners like the L.A. Area Chamber to engage the business and diplomat communities to transition from dialogue to concrete commitments of action. View the PHOTOS and the PRESENTATION.
Diplomat members hold strategic roundtable
More than 30 members of the Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group participated in a private roundtable last week to set top program priorities for 2019 and discuss potential areas of collaboration. Over the past eight years, the membership of the group has grown from four initial countries to nearly 50 members, positioning the Chamber as a commercial bridge between regional companies and many countries. SEE THE PHOTOS.

2019 Leadership Announcement
We are pleased to announce that Patricia Elliott, consul and senior trade commissioner of the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles, will serve as the group's 2019 chair. Elliott is responsible for the International Business Development team in Los Angeles and San Diego for a territory that includes Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. In addition to Elliott's role as deputy director for the Vancouver Regional Office (Pacific Region), she was the lead for the Global Affairs Canada's Global Business Leaders Initiative that took place during the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. Amb. Marcia Loureiro, consul general of Brazil in Los Angeles, will serve as 2019 vice chair.

A heartfelt note of thanks to our 2018 chair, Amb. Lamia Mekhemar, consul general of Egypt, for her support and leadership this past year.
Member Farewell
The Chamber would like to thank James Villeneuve, consul general of Canada, for his service to Southern California for the past several years. As the consul general of Canada in Los Angeles, his mission was to represent the Government of Canada in this region of the U.S., which includes Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. Hon. Villeneuve led a team of approximately 60 people who serve at the Consulate to facilitate trade, consular services, immigration and political and public affairs. We wish Hon. Villeneuve the best of luck in his new assignment and look forward to working with incoming Consul General Zaib Shaikh during his term in Los Angeles.
The Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group provides the infrastructure and venue where members of the consul corp. and trade offices can develop their own trade strategies and programs as they perform their professional responsibilities. To date, more than 40 countries are represented in the initiative.
Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles break cargo records
The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles closed out the 2018 fiscal year having handled a record number of cargo (TEUs) during the previous 12 months. At the Port of Los Angeles, 10 months into 2018, overall volumes have increased 1.1 percent to 7.7 million TEUs compared to 2017 when the port set an all-time annual cargo record. The Port of Long Beach moved 701,204 TEUs last month, the second-busiest September in their 107-year history. Trade flowing through the ports support 1.4 million jobs across the United States, including more than 300,000 jobs in Southern California. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs in the five-county Southern California region.
Trade Community Eventsevents

Request for comments on negotiating objectives for a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement

On Oct. 16, 2018, the United States Trade Representative notified Congress of the Administration's intention to enter into negotiations with the United Kingdom (U.K.) for a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement after the U.K. has exited the European Union on March 29, 2019. The Office of the United States Trade Representative is seeking public comments on a proposed U.S.-U.K. trade agreement, including U.S. interests and priorities, in order to develop U.S. negotiating positions.
You can
provide comments in writing here and orally at a public hearing. The deadline to submit feedback is Jan. 15.
The Administration's aim in negotiations with the U.K. is to address both tariff and non-tariff barriers and to achieve free, fair and reciprocal trade. LEARN MORE.

Chamber launches essCert!
The L.A. Area Chamber is delighted to announce that it has partnered with essDOCS Certification to offer a new and improved online Certificate of Origin application platform, essCert.

The essCert platform has been developed with exporters in mind and is fast, flexible and easy to use. A full presentation of benefits can be viewed here.
The Chamber continues to strive to provide exporters in the region with quick, affordable and easy export documentation, saving our clients time and money and ensuring the highest levels of compliance with regulations. LEARN MORE.

Chamber members receive tools to access global opportunities and strengthen their business.
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 small businesses.

The STEP program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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