Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I March 2019
Join the Mayor of Los Angeles at the largest World Trade Week celebration in the nationtoparticle
On Thursday, May 2, 2019, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will join more than 800 prominent business, government and civic leaders to assemble for the 93rd annual kickoff of World Trade Week (WTW) in Southern California, one of the biggest celebrations of international trade in the nation.

The program will also feature Director of McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) and Senior Partner, Shanghai, Jonathan Woetzel, as he leads a panel of industry leaders as they share insights on shifting trends in globalization and value chains and how companies can remain competitive in an increasingly complex and competitive business environment.

The Chamber, together with WTW founding members the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles World Airports, have been, for all these years, carrying the torch of creating regional employment through global trade and investment. Today's $400 billion commercial exchange between the L.A. region and the world is a testimony to our ports and airports and our regional entrepreneurs in goods movement, professional services, manufacturing and distribution. In Southern California, WTW continues for the entire month of May with celebrations, events and conferences focusing on international trade and business opportunities in countries around the world. Join the celebration! RSVP NOW.
Chamber receives U.S. trade policy forecast from U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber's Global Initiatives Council convened for the first session of the year to hear from John Murphy, senior vice president for international policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Murphy provided an in-depth forecast of U.S. trade policy under the Trump administration and his projections for what's to come in 2019. Topics included the U.S.-China tariff war, implications of a new "deal" with Beijing, chances of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement with Congress and the effect of tariffs on steel and aluminum industries in the U.S. "A large part of the success of U.S. manufacturers is due to exports ... The rest of the world has moved forward with forging trade agreements and U.S. companies are being left behind," said Murphy. The 2019 Council leadership was also introduced, including Chair Steve Nissen, senior vice president, legal & government affairs, NBCUniversal. View the PRESENTATION and the VIDEO.
Chamber provides key updates in Export Documentation Briefing
The Chamber, in partnership with Fast Track Global Services (FTGS), was joined by local exporters and manufacturers last week to receive key updates and information on export documentation solutions from industry experts. Speakers included representatives from Alba Wheels Up International, the California Trade Alliance and the District Export Council of Southern California. The Chamber is proud to be the first chamber of commerce in the nation to bring exporters in the region a revolutionary new online platform. This revolutionary platform provides companies with easy online processing of Certificates of Free Sale (CFS) and/or Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) documents and allows them to be apostilled and/or legalized in record time at minimal cost. SEE THE PHOTOS. LEARN MORE.
WTW education program focuses on cultural awareness and global trade careers
The World Trade Week (WTW) Education Committee, in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles, hosted nearly 80 high school students from Southern California for hands-on activities to learn about the important role cultural awareness plays when conducting international business. Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, welcomed the students on behalf of the Port. Commissioner Jaime Lee, president of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commission, joined executives from Pacific Harbor Line and Sunrider International as panelists to discuss career opportunities in international trade. Key universities and colleges providing international career programs participated as exhibitors and briefed students on selecting a career in trade. The session culminated with a harbor boat tour. VIEW THE PHOTOS; SUPPORT WTW.
Chamber and UCLA Anderson co-host Latin American Business Conference
The Chamber and UCLA Anderson welcomed more than 350 guests attending the 2019 Latin American Business Conference, entitled "A Road Map for Latin America's Future." This event marked the fourth consecutive year attracting senior government officials and prominent business executives representing various industry sectors and countries. Speakers discussed and covered diverse and controversial topics, including "The Region's Economic, Political and Social Prospects"; "Strategies for Trade, Investment, Governance"; and "Infrastructure and Building Successful Organizations in Latin America." Carlos J. Valderrama, president of the Chamber's Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment, serves on the executive committee responsible for guiding and recommending subject matters, topics and questions for the speakers.
Chamber supports CA aerospace companies at industry expo in Australia
The Chamber, in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service and the State of California, organized the California Pavilion at the Australian International Aerospace & Defense Exposition (Avalon 2019) in Geelong, Australia. The Pavilion proudly presented eight small to medium sized companies from California, showcasing a wide variety of products and services, including aircraft repair stations, on-board data storage, cargo handling equipment, fastening systems, aircraft modifications and other aerospace IT services. More than 40,000 trade visitors and 670 exhibitors participated in the trade show. The California companies participated with the support of the Small Business Administration (SBA) STEP Grant which was facilitated by the Chamber, allowing qualified small to medium sized companies to participate at half the normal exhibit costs. Companies have already reported new business generated as a result of being at the show.
Chamber diplomat group meets with California State Board of Food and Agriculture
Nearly 30 members of the Chamber's Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group met with senior representatives from the California State Board of Food and Agriculture last week to learn about the state's agriculture sector, international strategies department and best practices for agricultural exports and imports. Speakers included Josh Eddy, executive director of the CA State Board, Dr. Amrith Gunasekara, science advisor to Secretary Ross at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Brooks Ohlson, director of the Sacramento Regional Center for International Trade Development. California is the top performing agricultural producer in the nation. View the PRESENTATION and the PHOTOS.
Gov. Newsom designates Lt. Gov. Kounalakis as Representative on International Affairs and Trade
The executive order creates the International Affairs and Trade Development Interagency Committee under Lt. Gov. Kounalakis, a former United States ambassador, who will serve as chair of the committee in her new role as the governor's International Affairs and Trade Development Representative.
"I am honored to work with Gov. Newsom to amplify the voice of California on the world stage, and advance California's interests and values internationally," Lt. Gov. Kounalakis said. "Our state's leadership is needed now, more than ever, and sets a standard for democratic values, higher education and economic innovation."

The committee will be vice-chaired by the governor's Chief Economic and Business Advisor Lenny Mendonca, and will serve as the coordinating body for the governor's administration on the promotion and expansion of trade, investment and international relations. The committee is charged with increasing California's global presence, and reopening international trade offices. LEARN MORE.
Port of Los Angeles starts 2019 with busiest January ever
The Port of Los Angeles processed 852,449 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in January, the busiest January in the Port's 112-year history. The volumes represent a 5.4 percent jump over last January and marks the seventh consecutive month the Port has handled more than 800,000 TEUs. READ MORE.
BNSF Railway connects Los Angeles to Ohio
BNSF Railway is growing, with a new domestic and international rail service from Los Angeles to the Ohio Valley Region. This intermodal, container-only service provides access five days a week to a fast-growing market in and around Northwest Ohio (North Baltimore), including Toledo, Columbus, Detroit, Louisville and Pittsburgh. Available for both eastbound and westbound freight transit, this service helps customers expand their reach across the country. LEARN MORE.
State Bank of India supports U.S. companies
State Bank of India, California (SBIC), a U.S. Bank, member FDIC, partnered with businesses to accelerate international sales and provide resources that streamline their supply chain to reduce operating costs. SBIC's international trade specialists and comprehensive suite of financing solutions help to allow companies to compete more effectively by facilitating cash flow, mitigating cross-border trade risks and expanding their network abroad. SBIC offers the following international trade finance services:
  • Commercial Letters of Credit
  • Standby Letters of Credit
  • Documentary Collections
  • International Wire Transfers
  • Lines of Credit
LEARN MORE or contact Saurabh Kumar 213.627.7350.
Trade Community Eventsevents
Last chance to submit a World Trade Week awards nomination
The World Trade Week Committee is seeking nominations for a series of prestigious international trade awards that will be presented in front of an audience of more than 800 at the World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on Thursday, May 2, 2019, in downtown Los Angeles. Award winners are eligible for complimentary exhibit space at the event.

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Leading trade associations and businesses launch USMCA Coalition
More than 200 companies and associations representing farmers and ranchers, manufacturers, service providers and technology companies announced the launch of the USMCA Coalition, which will advocate for congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
Over the coming months, the USMCA Coalition will make the case for expeditious passage of the agreement to members of Congress, and it will work to educate the American public about the benefits of the new deal. LEARN MORE.

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