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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.

NO-COST WEBSITE TRANSLATION: Helping California Small Businesses Increase International Online Sales

The Center for International Trade Development is working with a professional translation service to translate a company's website into one of the nine most widely used languages on the internet - at no cost to you. This opportunity is extended, through State funding, to all California small businesses sell­ing online and in business for at least one year.  

Research shows that the industries that will most benefit from this service include:

* Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers

* Aircraft Part Wholesalers

* Tourism

* Information Technology - Computer Equipment and Software Companies

* Medical Device and Equipment Manufacturers  


Click here to apply. An informational session will be held on Friday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Long Beach.  


For more information, contact CITD Long Beach, 562.938.5018. 


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.
Chamber to Host Fourth Annual The Americas Business Forum
The L.A. Area Chamber, in partnership with University of California, Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles and the U.S. Department of Commerce is proud to host The Americas Business Forum for the fourth year. Nearly $12 million in new exports were generated by companies that attended and participated in last year's event. The opportunities to export products and services to Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and other growing Latin American markets are enormous. Register now for the Early Bird Rate of $199 or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.
INSIDE THE CHAMBER                                                                                 
Chamber receives update on the future of Japan and its trade relationship with the United States    

Last month, RAND Corporation researchers Julia Lowell and Rachel Swanger shared with the Chamber's Global Initiatives Council the prospects of Japan and the United States finding common ground and cooperating on global trade, and whether including Japan in the Trans Pacific Partnership would be the best move. "Business organizations and government entities need to become stakeholders and make their support for Japan to join the Trans Pacific Partnership known. Both sides on the local level need to be engaged," said Lowell, economist and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 

TRADE COMMISSIONERS CORNER                                                           
TCNG discusses U.S. housing market and International Builders Show

Members of the Trade Commissioners Networking Group met with Mark Pursell, senior vice president, National Association of Home Builders, the owners and producers of the International Builders Show (IBS), to discuss the current state of the U.S. housing industry, growth sectors and the near future forecasts, and how IBS assists foreign companies in increasing their exports. IBS is the largest trade show of its kind in North and South America, and will be held Jan. 22-24, 2013 in Las Vegas. The event attracts more than 35,000 buyers with 23 percent of these dealers, wholesalers, importers and distributors.  

Trade Commission of Pakistan seeks to involve Pakistani-American Business executives with the Chamber

In late July, Eazaz Dar, commercial counselor for the Consulate General of Pakistan, invited 15 Pakistani-American businessmen to the Chamber for a private round table discussion on the importance of being involved in the Los Angeles business community. Congressmember Judy Chu and Hon. Riffat Masood, Consul General of Pakistan in Los Angeles, spoke to the group.

TCNG 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. Contact
Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569
ON YOUR RADAR                                                                                        
Brookings Institution Releases Guide to Develop Effective Metropolitan Export Plan and Initiative

The Brookings Institution  recently released "Ten Steps to Delivering a Successful Metro Export Plan," a "how-to" guide for state and regional leaders that summarizes the key lessons to developing an effective metropolitan export plan and initiative for business, civic and government leaders. The guide was produced through the steering committees and core teams of metro areas that piloted these first metropolitan export plans. The core team in Los Angeles was led by the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the city of Los Angeles, the Chamber and the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson CIBER. The Brookings Institution recommended the creation of the Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC) to ensure a sustainable regional export services by coordinating existing export service and providers into a seamless regional export network. LARExC is housed at the Chamber. Contact Carlos Valderrama, 213.580.7570.

CHAMBER EVENTS                                                                                     
 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                                                                                 

FOCUS on the Middle Market Executive Conference: Los Angeles, Aug. 14

VITA Global Networking Breakfast, Aug. 15

TradeConnect Free Export Workshop, Aug. 23

California Cleantech Trade Mission to China, Aug. 20-Sept. 2

Access China 2012, Sept. 5-13

22nd Facets Sri Lanka International Gem & Jewellery Show, Sept. 5-8

West Coast Trade & Export Finance Conference, Sept. 18

2012 Shanghai International Technology Fair, Sept. 20-22

EXPO Pakistan, Oct. 4-7

Eco Expo Asia 2012, Oct. 27-30

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

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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