World Trade Week

For more than 93 years, World Trade Week (WTW), an initiative of the L.A. Area Chamber, has been the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country. WTW actively promotes the positive aspects of international trade that are vital to a strong local and national economy through a series of educational programs and events, including the annual Kickoff in early May.

World trade is celebrated throughout the month of May with more than 30 events hosted by partnering organizations in Southern California that are jump started by the Chamber's Annual WTW Kickoff Breakfast with approximately 900 guests. WTW supports college and high school scholarships, high school student and career counselor workshops, as well as briefings for civic and business leaders interested in benefiting from the global economy.


94th Annual World Trade Week
Southern California Kickoff

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel
7:15 a.m. Registration
8:30-11 a.m. Program


The Chamber kicks off the start of each year's celebration by bringing together business executives, leaders of trade organizations and members of the diplomatic corps for the WTW Kickoff Breakfast. The event, which attracts 900 participants, opens with an exhibit featuring award winners, sponsors and country representatives, and continues with a scholarship ceremony, a silent auction, a dynamic keynote address and the presentation of several awards.

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Past Kickoff Keynote Speakers

Dr. Udo Lange | 2019
President and CEO
FedEx Logistics


Laurie Tolson | 2018
Chief Technology Officer
GE Transportation

Rt. Hon. Tony Blair | 2017
Former Prime Minister
Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Alan Horn | 2016
The Walt Disney Studios


Special Guests

Governor Jerry Brown
State of California

Maria Contreras-Sweet
U.S. Small Business Administration

Mayor Eric Garcetti
City of Los Angeles

Commissioner Kevin McAleenan
U.S. Customs & Border Protection

U.S. Representative Ed Royce
House Foreign Affairs Committee



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World Trade Week
2020 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
Platinum Sponsors
FedEx Logistics
Gold Sponsors
Yusen Terminals Port of Long Beach Ontario International Airport Cal State University Northridge Port of Los Angeles
Silver Sponsors
Bank of America United Airlines Crowell & Moring LLP Los Angeles World Airports Karma Automotive
Bronze Sponsors
Coppersmith Global Logistics Office of County Supervisor Kathryn Barger San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency Loyola Marymount University - College of Business Administration Air France - KLM
  • FCL Logistics
    Green Closet Printing
    Pacific Harbor Line
    San Bernardino International Airport
    USC Gould School of Law

  • Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

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