California Centers for International Trade Development (CITD) - The California Centers for International Trade Development (CITD) are funded by the Chancellor’s Office of the State of California to promote the state’s international trade and competitiveness, assist exporters and importers, and advance economic and job growth. The CITDs assist California business to expand internationally as well as help colleges become more globalized. Learn More
California State Trade and Export Promotion - The California State Trade and Export Promotion (California STEP) project leverages a statewide network of state, federal, private and non-profit trade promotion organizations to facilitate export promotion, activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for small businesses. Learn More
China Trade Office - In April 2013, Governor Brown officially opened the California-China Office of Trade and Investment (CCTO) in Shanghai. The CCTO serves California exporters seeking access to the Chinese market and receives Chinese investors looking for opportunities throughout California. Learn More
U.S. Commercial Service - The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. For more information, visit the U.S. government's export portal.
Foreign Trade Zones - Foreign trade zones promote U.S. participation in trade and commerce by eliminating or reducing the unintended costs or obstacles associated with U.S. trade laws. Employment that might normally be shifted to a foreign country is thereby encouraged to remain in the United States. Learn More
Small Business Administration Exporting Assistance - SBA provides counseling, training and financing to support small business export opportunities. Learn More
Infrastructure Bank's Export Financing Program – The Infrastructure Bank’s Export Financing Program helps provide loans to small businesses that sell goods in other countries through the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program.
Export-Import Bank - The Export-Import Bank is the official export credit agency of the United States. Its mission is to ensure that U.S. companies, both large and small, have access to the financing they need to turn export opportunities into sales. Learn More
Small Business Administration Export Loans - The Small Business Administration provides a variety of loan programs specifically designed to help develop or expand export activities. Learn More
Consult the following departments for more information on importing and exporting using the links below:
California is a leading destination state for foreign direct investment. The state has one of the largest concentrations of international banks, foreign consulates, and bi-national chambers of commerce in the United States. California welcomes all form of foreign investment, from entrepreneurial ventures to major manufacturing or distribution facilities, and from real estate investment to major private equity or other financing.
The GO-Biz California Business Investment Services (CalBIS) unit helps enterprises and entrepreneurs seeking a location for new establishment or expansion. CalBIS provides technical assistance services to help businesses grow and prosper. Services include but are not limited to:
More information about relocating or expanding you business is available.Learn More
The EB-5 Investor Visa Program encourages foreign direct investment in the United States. The State of California provides customized Targeted Employment Area (TEA) certifications for projects that qualify for EB-5 investment. Locating a project in a TEA potentially allows an investment to qualify for an EB-5 visa at a lower threshold ($500,000), instead of the typical threshold of $1,000,000. Certification letters will be automated through a new interactive database tool and California offers an interactive mapping tool to help locate projects in TEAs. Learn More
Governor Brown led international trade missions in both 2013 and 2014. In April 2013, Governor Brown and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development led a Trade Mission to China where California announced over $1.8 billion dollars in deals and opened a California foreign trade office in Shanghai – the first in over a decade. In July 2014, Governor Brown led a Trade and Investment Mission to Mexico, where he met with Mexican government and business leaders, helped boost bilateral trade and investment opportunities between the two neighbors, and expanded environmental and economic cooperation.
Governor Brown has signed multiple Memorandums of Understanding (MOU’s) with other countries in order to encourage economic cooperation and to expand trade and investment. California’s international partners include China, Israel, Mexico, Peru, and Japan. Learn More