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Los Angeles Regional Export Council

Office of the United States Trade Representative

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U.S. Department of Commerce - International Trade Administration

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

World Trade Organization

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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.  
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.


Celebrate the 88th Annual World Trade Week at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live on Friday, May 2, 7:15-10:30 a.m. with more than 500 executives and members of the diplomatic corps. The event kicks off a month-long celebration of world trade in Southern California. Corporate tables are available! Register now or contact Aaron Borboa, 213.580.7569.


Mario Cordero to receive the 2014 Stanley T. Olafson Award  

The Chamber announced that Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission Mario Cordero, will be awarded the prestigious Stanley T. Olafson Award at the 88th Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on Friday, May 2. Presented each year to an outstanding member of the world trade community in Southern California, the Stanley T. Olafson international trade award recognizes those who have contributed to the advancement of world trade and international relations above and beyond job requirements. In 1926, Stanley T. Olafson, then manager of the World Trade department of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, conceived the idea of a Word Trade Week observance in Southern California, and today the award is named in his honor.  The Chamber has kept the tradition of awarding the Stanley T. Olafson award since 1933. Contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570.  

Chamber welcomes Karabuk Chamber of Commerce and Industry chair

Karabuk Chamber of Commerce Chair Sadat Nama led a trade delegation interested in strengthening commercial and industrial ties between Karabuk and Southern California. Members of the delegation discussed their interest in not only exporting industrial goods to Los Angeles, but also their desire in seeking business opportunities for investment in our region. Karabuk is the capital district of Karabuk Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey.

Chamber meets with Los Angeles Harbor Commission president

Last month at the Global Initiatives Council meeting, Ambassador Vilma Martinez, president of the Los Angeles Harbor Commission, discussed the role of the Port of Los Angeles in facilitating international trade and fostering economic growth for the region. "The port is America's gateway to the Pacific Rim, offering efficient connectivity to 14 major freight hubs throughout the United States," Martinez said. 


Chamber Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives reappointed to the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee  

United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman has re-appointed Carlos J. Valderrama to serve another term with IGPAC. This Committee serves an important function of providing policy advice to the office of the USTR on trade policy matters that have significant relationship to the affairs of state and local governments within the jurisdiction of the United States.Contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570. 

Trade Commissioners Networking Group visits Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
  In March, 16 members of the Trade Commissioners Networking Group (TCNG) received a private briefing from the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator Executive Director Fred H. Walti II. The presentation covered the importance of innovation in the Cleantech market as one of the fastest growing markets in the last 10 years. Los Angeles, said Walti, is a pioneer in developing green technologies and is a central hub for Cleantech expansion, having the most start-ups in this industry in California. "Cleantech will touch every aspect of our lives, much like the PC, Internet and mobile technology," said Walti. 
Chamber congratulates the Trade Commission of Peru 
On April 3, the Trade Commission of Peru in Los Angeles celebrated the grand opening of its new offices. The Chamber joined many foreign diplomats, including several members of the Chamber's Trade Commissioners Networking Group. Peru is an important trading partner of Los Angeles with bilateral trade surpassing $1 billion in 2012.

Progress and trade opportunities between Chile and the U.S.

By Francisco Correa, Trade Commissioner of Chile in Los Angeles
January 1, 2014, marked 10 years of the entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Chile and the United States. This milestone represents the beginning of a close, successful and beneficial relationship for both countries and their people.

Nowadays, the United States is the second largest trading partner of Chile with a 16 percent share in total trade. The U.S. represents the second destination of our exports covering 13 percent of total exports, and also has become the main supplier country with 20 percent of total Chilean imports in 2013. Since the FTA took effect in 2004, bilateral trade between Chile and the United States has increased more than 197 percent.

However, the relationship between Chile and the United States goes beyond trade in goods. For example, in terms of services, investments, tourism and development, the FTA has also been beneficial, showing significant progress in those areas.

Now that Chile joined the Visa Waiver Program, on March 31, the trade and investments figures could increase significantly considering that U.S expects to receive more than 30 percent Chilean visitors than they did last year, both business people and tourists. Starting Jan. 1, 2015, all trade between Chile and the United States will be duty free, according to the tariff elimination schedule established on the FTA.

All these achievements on trade and economic integration that Chile has made with the U.S. is the result of an intense efforts that Chile has been making over these 10 years, to promote our products and services in this market through the five trade commission offices located in the U.S. The challenges that both countries must embrace to development a next level relation are to create new opportunities for exporters and importers, commit to innovation, develop new products and promote value-added services. Learn more.

The Chamber established TCNG by providing the infrastructure and the venue needed where members could develop their own strategies and programs as they perform their professional responsibilities. Over the past three years, the membership of the group has grown from four initial members to nearly 30 countries. Learn more.
Grow Your Business Through Exports, March 6 - July 24  

To submit an event or for more information on any of the information in this newsletter, contact Aaron Borboa, 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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