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eCertify, the efficient way to process Certificates of Origin, saves you time and money.

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.


Ex-Im Bank establishes $100 million revolving credit facility for small business exporters

More small business exporters throughout the United States will have access to revolving credit, thanks to Global Credit Express (GCE), a new product recently unveiled by the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). During the program's pilot phase, an initial $100 million in financing will be made available through a select number of lenders nationwide. The product is specially designed to finance the business of exporting, rather than specific export transactions.

Small business exporters interested in applying for financing through GCE can contact the Bank at 1.800.565.3946, option 2. Learn more.


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.


Port of Los Angeles in line for major investment, April 5
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Nationwide push to boost exports is launching in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Times, March 21
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Celebrate the 86th Annual World Trade Week at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza on Friday, May 4, 7-10 a.m. Join more than 400 executives and members of the diplomatic corps to kick off a month-long celebration of world trade in Southern California. The program will also highlight the Korea Trade Investment Agency in celebration of its 50th anniversary in Los Angeles. Read more about the event below.
Register now or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.

World Trade Week keynote address on May 4
This year's program will feature a keynote address from Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program Senior Fellow, Co-Director and Co-Founder Amy Liu, at left. Liu is a frequent speaker on ideas to advance U.S. economic competitiveness by building a next economy with state, federal and private sector partners.

Stanley T. Olafson award honoree
This year's 2012 Stanley T. Olafson Award will be presented to Bella Heule, president and CEO of World Trade Center San Diego. This award is one of the most prestigious awards in the international trade community, presented to an outstanding member of the world trade community in Southern California who has contributed to the advancement of world trade and international relations above and beyond job requirements. Heule will be honored at the World Trade Week Kickoff breakfast, May 4.

World Trade Week 2012 proclamations
In 1935 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt officially proclaimed World Trade Week a national observance by the U.S. Government. Today, World Trade Week actively promotes the positive aspects of international trade that are vital to a strong local and national economy and is recognized by leaders across the nation. Read the World Trade Week 2012 proclamations from U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, Gov. Jerry Brown, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster.

For more information on World Trade Week, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.

Chamber receives update on latest trade news from the Port of Los Angeles
Last month, Jim MacLellan, director of trade services at the Port of Los Angeles, provided an update on the Port's latest record-breaking export numbers, noting that the L.A. Customs District had a record year in 2011 with $387 billion of trade. Maclellan also addressed the strategic advantages of recent Free Trade Agreements to Los Angeles, the challenge of growing competition to our shipping gateway and future strengths of the Los Angeles region. "Our region is one of the most diverse in the country. Diversity is the key," he said. "It's a bridge to those markets overseas. These links can be mobilized." Los Angeles, said MacLellan, needs to harness its strength as the strategic business and transportation link between Asia and Latin America.
Upcoming session:
Monday, May 14
10-11:30 a.m.
Private briefing with Korea Trade Investment Agency (KOTRA) - Business Incubator Model at the KOTRA office in Torrance
Register now

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
The Latin American Boom, April 18
Join the Global Initiatives Council on Wednesday, April 18, 9-10:30 a.m. at the Chamber as special guest Ambassador Charles Shapiro, president of the Institute of the Americas, takes a look at the economy and political climate in Latin America. Recognizing that improved trade requires more than agreements between states, Ambassador Shapiro has been a hands-on facilitator to help businesses in the United States and Latin America find areas of common interest and opportunity. Register now or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.

Exporting: Increase Your Revenues with Ex-Im Bank President, April 19
Join the Chamber in partnership with the Greater African American Chamber of Commerce and Bank of America on Thursday, April 19, 8-11:30 a.m. at The Westin Bonaventure for a special briefing and panel discussion for small- and medium-sized enterprises interested in increasing their revenues and markets through exporting. The program will include a special keynote address by Ex-Im Bank President Fred Hochberg. Hochberg, the 23rd president of Ex-Im Bank, the U.S. Government's official export credit agency, has more than 30 years of experience in business, government and philanthropy. Registration is $25. Register now or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.

Trade Mission: Santiago, Chile, June 27-29

Increase your revenues by exporting your U.S.-made products and services to Chile. Now is your opportunity to market your products and services at this international trade show of technologies, products and services for hospitals and clinics. Meet with health professionals with the power to influence purchases and investments at hospitals, clinics and laboratories from around the world. More than 5,000 attendees and six country pavilions are expected to attend this Expo Hospital 2012 in Santiago, Chile, June 27-29. This project is funded in part through a grant from the Small Business Association and the Los Angeles Regional Export Council. Learn more about eligibility guidelines and the trip. Deadline to apply is Friday, May 11.

VITA Global Networking Breakfast, April 18

ACCESS 2012 - Trends and Developments in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, April 24-25

Business Opportunities in Norway and the Nordic Region - Inc, April 25

Gateway to Growth: Exporting, April 26

Going Global - Expanding Opportunities in Canada, May 3

20th Annual 'Day of the Races', May 5

Stadia Design and Technology Expo 2012, May 8

IFT Energy 2012, May 9-11

Maritime Day Breakfast and Global Logistics Symposium, May 15

International Trade Outlook, May 16

To submit an event or for more information on any of the information in this newsletter, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.

AmCham Chile
AmCham Peru
Centers for International Trade Development (CITD)
Consejo Empresarial Mexicano de Comercio Exterior
Inversion y Tecnologia A.C. (COMCE)

High Council of Chambers of Commerce of Spain
Korean Importers Association (KOIMA)
Los Angeles World Airports
Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Port of Long Beach
Port of Los Angeles
The Export-Import Bank of the United States
The Korea International Trade Association (KITA)

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 organizations in California to facilitate export promotion activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for small businesses.

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