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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.”

NAFTA RENEGOTIATION - Federal Register Notice - Request for Comments on Negotiating Objectives Regarding Modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. DATES: If you want to testify at the hearing, you must provide written notification and a summary of your testimony by Monday, June 12, 2017. Written comments also are due by Monday, June 12, 2017. A hearing will be held at 9 a.m. in the Main Hearing Room of the United States International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

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 our BLOG for the Latest Updates on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA), Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, etc..

See Press Release summarizing the Nat'l DEC position on TPP and our readiness to work with the new Administration as it crafts new trade agreements.

See White House Memo (Jan 23, 2017) on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement.



Post Truth Politics and Open Global Trade an Op-Ed by Kenneth L. Wengrod, Chair of Legislative Regulatory Committee and TPP Work Group.


DECSC Event Participation

DECSC is very active within the Southern California Export community and welcomes requests to participate in Export-related events. If you wish to be considered in having DECSC participate in your Export-related event please Contact Us and provide as much information as possible about your organization and scheduled event.


DECSC-Sponsored Events

DECSC Event Participation Details..

APRIL 2018


Wednesday - April 4, 2018 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm - Program
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm — Networking Reception with Service Providers
City of Garden Grove Community Meeting Center
11300 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92840

- Why Export ?
- Identify Markets
- Financing & Insuring Overseas Sales
- Documentation & Logistics
- Sea & Air Cargo Services
- Services of DEC, CITD, STEP, SBDC, WIT, SCORE , LACBFFA & Export Tech

What is the Trade Connect
Introductory Workshop?
Trade Connect Export Workshops cover the fundamentals of exporting, including costs, risks and steps. In cooperation with other agencies and professional associations, this introductory program presents a summary of services, including the basics of finding overseas markets, trade finance, documentation and logistics.

Who should attend:
» All those interested in learning about the export process, including Manufacturers, Suppliers, Intermediaries and Service Providers
» Prospective new exporters and entrepreneurs

TO REGISTER, Click Here!



THE LA HOTEL Downtown, April 16 & 17, 2018, Los Angeles

The U.S. Commercial Service and the USC Marshall School of Business have been working together on the Asia Pacific Business Outlook (APBO) since 1988 to help exporters and investors expand their trade and investment in the Asia/Pacific region.

APBO is a comprehensive networking and learning experience designed to provide business leaders with:

- Industry and government contacts
- Up-to-date information about business environments in 17 economie
- Conference attracts over 300 American business executives
- Private one-on-one appointments with Senior Commercial Officers from American Embassies and Consulates in 17 economies.

Countries Available for One-on-Ones Appointments

Australia | Cambodia | China | Hong Kong | India | Indonesia | Japan

Korea | Malaysia | Mexico | Myanmar (Burma) | New Zealand

Philippines | Singapore | Taiwan | Thailand | Vietnam

*US Commercial Service Referral Code: USCS-AP2018

(Please be sure to submit this code when registering.)

APBO has sold out in recent years. Space is limited, so sign up today!
Comments from previous participants:

"APBO far exceeded my expectations. The value of the conference is unsurpassed. I secured more valuable contacts in two days at APBO than I could have in years any other way."

"This event is the most educational and well organized event I have attended. As a small business it is nice to know that there is help dealing with such a big world."

"I can't imagine a better collective of international business experts available in a concise yet thorough conference. A definite 'must' for companies seeking to do business abroad."

For questions, contact any of the following individuals:

Erica Ramirez
U.S. Commercial Service
Irvine, CA
Tel: 909-208-4613

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Expanding our Borders through E-Commerce
April 24, 2018 1:00PM to 5:00PM
LA Area Chamber of Commerce – Boardroom , 350 S. Bixel St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

E-Commerce is the buying and selling of goods and services and transmitting funds or data over the Internet. A key focus of this workshop will be global transactions.

O Create a Global Footprint by Defining Your Brand Identity
O Understand Your Global Customers
O Learn Trends to Adapt to Your Target Country Markets

O Be Found Globally by Using Google MY BUSINESS
O Create a Website Experience to Drive Sales
O Increase Customers with Google ADWORDS Campaign

O Track Website Traffic with Google ANALYTICS
O Evaluate & Measure Results using KPI’s & SMART Goals

O The Power of Amazon Sales Channel
O Benefits of Selling on Amazon
O Dangers & Common Mistakes
O How to Get Started
O Creating a Brand
O An Overview of Global Amazon Marketplace, including Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan & the U.K.
O Success Stories of U.S. Small Businesses Selling Internationally
Contact Jean Coronel at: or register at :

Networking after the event. Light refreshments will be served.
There is a small parking fee for this event -$7.00 (Cash Only).

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APRIL 2018

This two-day program is led by BIS's professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements. We will focus on what items and activities are subject to the EAR; steps to take to determine the export licensing requirements for your item; how to determine your export control classification number (ECCN); when you can export or reexport without applying for a license; export clearance procedures and record keeping requirements; Export Management Compliance Program (EMCP) concepts; and real life examples in applying this information. Presenters will conduct a number of "hands-on" exercises that will prepare you to apply the regulations to your own company's export activities. This program is well suited for those who need a comprehensive understanding of their obligations under the EAR.

The workshop will explain:

  • The scope of the Export Administration Regulations.
  • How to determine the export licensing requirements for your product.
  • When you may export without applying for a license.
  • What an Export Management Compliance Program (“EMCP”) is, and how it can help meet your regulatory responsibilities.
  • Agenda

About the Instructors
The instructors are experienced export policy specialists, and enforcement personnel from BIS's field offices. The instructors will be available throughout the seminar to answer your questions.

The Duke Hotel Newport Beach
4500 MacArthur Boulevard
Newport Beach, CA 92660
+1 949-476-2001

The Duke is offering a special rate of $173 per night until April 10, 2018 to seminar attendees. Booking details will be provided once registration is complete.

The registration fee is $500 per person. The fee includes continental breakfasts, coffee breaks, a luncheon both full days and conference materials. The registration fee is not refundable after April 8, 2018. REGISTER NOW

For registration information, please contact the U.S. Commercial Service’s Export Assistance Center at: (949) 660-1688, or email.

For more information or questions on the topics to be covered, please call BIS's Western Regional Office at (408) 998-8806 or email.

The BIS Western Regional Office is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This course is worth 12 hours of MCLE credit. However 0 hours will apply to legal ethics/law practice management; prevention, detection and treatment of substance abuse and emotional distress; and elimination of bias.

Americans with Disabilities Act: If special arrangements are required for a disabled individual to attend any of these programs, please notify the contact person at least one week prior to the program.

Information on sponsorship opportunities? Click here...


MAY 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 1:15PM ‐ 6:00PM

Interested to increase sales and business? Looking for new customers and markets?

Join us on May 1 for this exciting program on pursuing business opportunities across global markets. Learn how manufacturers are expanding sales in global markets, learn about available international trade resources and, learn how to be adept in doing business around the world. This program includes a hosted business networking mixer with international trade experts.

Bobrick Washroom Equipment
Training Room
6901 Tujunga Ave
North Hollywood CA 91605



TO REGISTER, Click Here!


MAY 2018


Entrepreneurship in the New Era

May 11, 2018, 9:00 AM -2:30 PM
Marriott Hotel, 555 McMurray Rd
Buellton, CA

Join us for the 2018 Global Ecommerce Summit to learn from industry leaders how to assess your global ecommerce readiness, and how to navigate the journey from domestic product to exported product using global e-commerce best practices.


+ Business Owners/Entrepreneurs: Apply valuable tools and resources to your own business or startup

+ Educators: Take relevant info back into the classroom to help student entrepreneurs succeed!

+ College Students: Learn the process and resources available to help you develop your business

+ Business Consultants: Gain a framework for helping clients successfully navigate entry into global ecommerce


The event is free, but RSVP is required.


9:00 to 9:30am: Registration and continental breakfast

9:30am to 2:30pm: Keynote, speakers, networking. Lunch provided!


Julie Samson, regional director for global trade and logistics for the California State Chancellor's office and director of the South Central Coast Center for International Trade Development;



Megan Cullen, International business development and marketing specialist. Member of the Central Coast District Export Council.

Julie Samson, director, Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and the Center for International Trade Development. Julie also serves as Regional Director (DSN) under the Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework of the California State Chancellor's office.

The 2018 Global Ecommerce Summit is an initiative of the California Community Colleges’ Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy framework which invests in California’s economic growth and global competitiveness through industry-specific partnerships, education, training and services that contribute to a highly skilled and productive workforce. Visit to learn more.

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation. It is composed of 72 districts and 113 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills courses in English and math, and prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.



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