Event details

World Trade Week Southern California Kickoff 2021

  • 05/06/2021
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • TBD


Celebrating a Month of World Trade in May
An initiative of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, World Trade Week Southern California (WTW) was founded in 1926 by Stanley T. Olafson, then manager of the L.A. Area Chamber’s World Trade Department. Southern California was the first to observe WTW; by 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had officially proclaimed it a national observance by the U.S. government. Initially created to promote the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, WTW expanded its scope following World War II.

Under the guidance of the founding sponsors – the L.A. Area Chamber, Los Angeles World Airports, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and numerous partnering organizations – WTW continues to dedicate itself to educating the public on the importance and benefits of global trade on the local and national economy. The original weeklong observance has grown to more than 30 events held throughout the month of May, commencing with the Chamber’s Annual WTW Kickoff Conference.

Kickoff Conference
The Chamber kicks off the start of each year’s celebration by bringing together business executives, leaders of trade organizations and members of the diplomatic corps for the WTW Kickoff Conference. The event has grown to become the largest celebration of global trade in the nation, attracting nearly 900 participants from all over the globe.

Year-round activity
In addition to the celebration of world trade during the month of May, the WTW Committee continues its efforts to support the international trade community throughout the year by holding educational briefings and meeting with elected officials to actively promote the positive aspects of international trade that are vital to a strong local and national economy. 


World Trade Week SoCal Kickoff 2021





Foreign Trade Association
One World Trade Center Suite 2350, Long Beach, CA 90831
P: 888-223-6459 F: 310-220-4474 E: info@foreigntradeassociation.com