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Global Initiatives

Southern California relies on the global economy. The Chamber works to advance global trade in the region and help local businesses build international relationships and expand global reach.

Read what we did in 2013 - Global Initiatives Year in Review 

ADVANCE GLOBAL TRADE

WORLD TRADE WEEK

For more than 80 years, the Chamber has helped educate the region about the importance and benefits of global trade through World Trade Week, held each May.  Beginning with the annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast, more than 40 events are held throughout the month of May in Southern California to promote and advance global trade.
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THE AMERICAS BUSINESS FORUM

The Chamber and the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service with the participation of the City of Los Angeles, UCLA Anderson School of Management and the UCLA Center for International Business Education & Research host a forum to increase awareness and encourage Southern California manufacturing firms to more aggressively participate in the exporting opportunities in the Americas, primarily in Latin America. Read more ...

THE LOS ANGELES REGIONAL EXPORT COUNCIL

A strategic effort that is housed at the Chamber, the Council will put more businesses on a path to benefit from international trade by encouraging and assisting them as they look to begin or increase trade activity. Los Angeles is the first of four pilot metro areas to partner with the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program to develop localized, ground-up plans that will help to elevate exports as a top local economic development priority, while also informing federal policy. Read more ...


WORLD BANK PRIVATE SECTOR LIAISON OFFICER

The World Bank does billions of dollars in contracts each year, and as a private sector liaison officer, the Chamber helps California companies compete for new business stemming from those contracts by coordinating activities with business intermediaries. Read more ...






BUILD INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS



GLOBAL INITIATIVES COUNCIL

The Global Initiatives Council works to develop programs and events to promote global trade and investment to create regional employment. Read more ...

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

The Chamber hosts high-level appointed or elected officials, Ambassadors and trade ministers for informal and intimate discussions on trade issues and opportunities. Read more ...

BUSINESS MATCHMAKING & TRADE MISSIONS

The Chamber arranges one-on-one meetings between foreign business delegates and local U.S. companies and supports trade missions that match Southern California businesses with potential partners overseas. Read more ...

TRADE BRIEFINGS

The Chamber's Quarterly Country Business Briefings connect local businesses with export/import representatives and trade consuls from featured nations to give an overview of the market opportunities. Read more ...

TRADE COMMISSIONERS NETWORKING GROUP

The Trade Commissioners Networking Group (TCNG) provides the infrastructure and venue where members can develop their own International trade strategies and programs as they perform their professional responsibilities. Read more ...

GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS

The Chamber forms strategic alliances with organizations across the globe to explore mutually beneficial business opportunities and strategic alliances. Read more ...






EXPAND GLOBAL REACH


INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTATION: CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN, FREE SALE AND LETTERS OF INVITATION


CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN
The Chamber offers certificates of origin online for a nominal fee.
Click here to start the eCertify online process. ECertify is an electronic, hassle-free way to process your certificates of origin.




CERTIFICATES OF FREE SALE
Certificates of free sale are issued for a fee.
Click here to apply for certificates of free sale.





The Chamber also issues letters of invitation for delegations wishing to visit the United States, as well as brief Chamber visits (fees are based on delegation size; this service is reserved for Chamber members only).