On Friday, March 4, 2010 Oakland Export Assistance Center Director Rod Hirsch presented a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce to China Merchant Holdings International (CMHI) during the Port of Oakland's "Blueprint for China's Shipping and Logistics Growth" seminar. The Port of Oakland signed an MOU with CMHI in November 2010 at their headquarters in Hong Kong to strategically market and develop supply chain solutions for U.S. exports, particularly agricultural commodities, perishable food products and wine. The agreement is part of the Port's effort to coordinate its activities with the federal National Export Initiative (NEI). The NEI was signed by President Barak Obama in March 2010 and seeks to double U.S. exports by 2015.
In May 2010 Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke signed an MOU with the Hong Kong government to support the marketing and promotion of U.S. wines in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also signed the MOU. Subsequently, Director Hirsch worked with the Port of Oakland to assist them in promoting their services to California wine exporters by helping them secure a booth in the U.S. pavilion at the Hong Kong Wine and Spirits Fair, which took place in November 2010. Director Hirsch has worked with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council on promoting the Hong Kong Wine and Spirits Fair to California wineries and related industry service providers. The Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Dr. Hu Jianhua, the Managing Director of CMHI. The Certificate read "In appreciation of the shipping and logistics partnership with the Port of Oakland to promote supply chain solutions". The newly elected Mayor of Oakland, Jean Quan, and the Port of Oakland Board President, James Head, presided over the Certificate presentation by Director Hirsch. The Port has invited Mayor Quan to participate in a trade mission to China in May 2011.