2018 Bob Kleist Leadership Award Presented to DECSC
ImageMarv Sepe, Chair DECSC (left), Guy Fox, Chairman Emeritus DECSC, Julie Anne Hennessy, USCS, Gary L. Toebben, President & CEO Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and Otis Cliatt II President, Pacific Harbor Line, Inc. 2018 World Trade Week Chair

2018 Bob Kleist Leadership Award Presented to DECSC May 4, 2018 at LA Chamber 92nd World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast.

The District Export Council of Southern California (DECSC) is the recipient of the prestigious "2018 World Trade Week Bob Kleist Leadership Award". This award is the highest recognition for an organization in international trade, and a tremendous honor for DECSC. It is in recognition of the hard work, relationships nurtured, and value created by DECSC in the trade community. The honor is awarded by the World Trade Week Los Angeles Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.


DECSC Presentation of Plaque to U.S. Congressman Royce
Tatyana Aguirre USCS (left), Jason Sproule USCS, Marv Sepe, Chair DECSC, U.S. Congressman Ed Royce, Kenneth Wengrod, DECSC, and Richard Swanson, Network Director USCS.

DECSC Chair Marv Sepe thanked U.S. Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, for his remarks and his many years of contribution to fostering international trade.

An engraved plaque was presented with the words recognizing that Chairman Royce has dedicated his career to advancing Southern California and U.S. interests around the world and is strongly committed to international trade and Foreign investment especially in our region.


DECSC/USCS Meeting with U.S. Congresswoman Brownley
Julie Anne Hennessy, USCS (left), David Habib, Vice Chair Central Coast DECSC, U.S. Congresswoman Julia Brownley, Ray Bowman, DECSC, Megan Cullen, DECSC, and Gerald Vaughn USCS.


District Export Council of Southern California Members

Welcome to the District Export Council of Southern California (DECSC).  DECSC
assists local small and medium-sized companies export their products and services
worldwide by sponsoring export-related events and workshops.

If you are a U.S. company located in Southern California, DECSC and the U.S.
Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce offer four ways to grow
your international sales:

- World-class market research
- Trade events that promote your product or service to qualified buyers
- Introductions to qualified buyers and distributors
- Counseling through every step of the export process

Our Mission

The District Export Councils contribute leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service’s export promotion efforts through counseling businesses on the exporting process and conducting trade education and community outreach.  See DECSC's Strategic Plan Summary.


2018-2022 Strategic Plan Cover

U.S. Department of Commerce’s 2018–2022 Strategic Plan
2018–2022 Strategic Plan - It sets out the priorities established for the Department by Secretary Ross and informs the public about the department's important work. _____________________________________________________________________

Secretary Ross' Op-Ed on China IPR
American genius is under attack from China - Intellectual property theft and expropriation costs US businesses up to $600bn a year. _____________________________________________________________________

Trump Administration Releases NAFTA Negotiation Objectives
Link to Summary of Objectives July 17, 2017 - “The America that existed when NAFTA was signed is not the America that we see today. Some Americans have benefited from new market access provided by the Agreement. It contributed to the linking of the continent through trade, while at the same time NAFTA provided much needed market access for American farmers and ranchers. But NAFTA also created new problems for many American workers. Since the deal came into force in 1994, trade deficits have exploded, thousands of factories have closed, and millions of Americans have found themselves stranded, no longer able to utilize the skills for which they had been trained.

For years, politicians promising to renegotiate the deal gave American workers hope that they would stop the bleeding. But none followed up.

In June 2016, then-candidate Donald J. Trump made a promise to the American people: he would renegotiate NAFTA or take us out of the agreement. If we succeed in achieving these objectives — maintaining and improving market access for American agriculture, manufacturing, and services — then we look forward to a seamless transition to the new NAFTA.”


Trilateral Statement on the 5th Round of NAFTA Negotiations in Mexico City
Link to statement - November 15, 2017

USTR Lighthizer Statement on the Conclusion of the 5th Round of NAFTA Renegotiations
Link to statement - November 2017

Trilateral Statement on the Conclusion of the Fifth Round of NAFTA Negotiations
Link to statement - November 2017


See Press Release regarding the Nat'l DEC position on the International Trade Administration (ITA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce.


DECSC Recipient of "2014 DEC of the Year Award"
by U.S. Department of Commerce
Director General US&FCS & Assistant Secretary for Global Markets USDOC
Arun M. Kumar (left) presents Award to Donald Sovie, Vice Chair - DECSC

Jason Sproule - USCS (left), Donald Sovie, Vice Chair - DECSC, Roy Paulson, Chair Nat'l DEC & Jerry Tyler, DECSC



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