Jan 10, 2012
Today, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren presented Mayor Chuck Reed with a U.S. Department of Commerce Certificate of Appreciation for Achievement in Trade at a city council meeting to recognize the City of San Jose's efforts to promote exports. This prestigious award acknowledges the City's close collaboration with the San Jose Export Assistance Center, the local office of the U.S. Commercial Service. The city has worked with the Export Assistance Center on a number of seminars, trade missions, visiting delegations and VIP visits throughout the past sixteen years. The City was instrumental in bringing the U.S. Commercial Service to San Jose in 1996 when it opened the San Jose Export Assistance Center.
According to Congresswoman Lofgren, "Exports constitute an important element of the growth of San Jose's economy. We have the highest percentage of jobs created by exports, which attests to the benefits of international trade for our companies and for our City. I am pleased to recognize both Mayor Chuck Reed's office and the U.S. Commercial Service with this Certificate of Appreciation for Achievement in Trade."
New data show that California merchandise exports increased 13 percent in the first nine months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010, growing from $104.5 billion to $117.9 billion. California's nine-month 2011 merchandise export sales outpaced the 2010 figures for the same period in many top destinations, including Mexico (up 24 percent), China (19 percent), Netherlands (17 percent), Hong Kong (16 percent), and Singapore (8 percent).
For export assistance, visit the website of the San Jose Export Assistance Center at http://export.gov/california/sanjose or call (408) 535-2757 to speak with an International Trade Specialist.