San Diego CITD Update
September 2013
In This Edition
San Diego CITD Conducts Export Documentation Seminar


The San Diego CITD conducted a seminar on export documentation at the Mission Valley campus of Point Loma Nazarene Univeristy. The seminar, geared toward new and existing exporters, provided an overview of common export documentation and regulations as well as information on the proper way to prepare the documentation to avoid penalties and fines. 


The seminar presentations were delivered by seasoned industry experts including, Julie Osman - Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Matt Behrendt - Chief Operating Officer with WorldTrans Services, and Esther Quezada - U.S. Customs Broker with Priority Cargo Expeditors.


In addition to information on export documentation requirements, an overview of the importing process was provided as well.

Baja Medical Cluster Holds Annual Suppliers Event


The Baja California Medical Cluster, a non-profit association formed by medical manufacturers in the region, put on its annual MedSummit event at Tijuana's new Baja California Conference and Exhibition Center. The goal of the event was assist the medical device industry with finding regional suppliers.


This event began as a State Economic Development Agency program and in the last editions has been organized by the Medical Cluster with the assistance and funds from the Federal, State and Municipal Governments.


The San Diego CITD participated in several meetings with local industrial suppliers and large medical device manufacturers at the event and offered CITD's services including its Border Export  Program, which helps match regional suppliers with manufacturers in Baja California. CITD representatives also assisted clients with introducing their services to event participants.


The medical manufacturing industry in Baja California is comprised of approximately 60 manufacturers. These manufacturers employ around 31,000 in Tijuana and 42,000 in the state. The largest Companies are: Medtronic, CareFusion, Teleflex, DJ Orthopedics, Greatbatch, WelchAllyn, Thermofisher, Fisher & Paykel, NxStage, Flextronics Medical, Smiths Medical, Sunrise Medical, among others.


The event featured exhibitions by medical manufacturers, showcasing the devices they make in the region, as well as business-to-business meetings and panel discussions.

BajaMak Tradeshow 2013


Join the San Diego CITD on October 24 at the BajaMak tradeshow and expo in Tijuana, Mexico.


The trade show and expo emphasizes the maquiladora supply industry in the Baja California border region and will feature five specialized industries exhibiting their current needs for their manufacturing plants in Mexico. These industries include: Aerospace, Automotive, Medical Products, Metal/Mechanical, and Electronics.  


BajaMak has become an important venue in Northwest Mexico for companies looking to tap into the $11 billion suppliers market within the region's manufacturing industry. This year's event is expected to feature over 250 exhibitors (suppliers and buyers) and draw more than 2,500 attendees.


If you are interested in participating in this event, you can also contact the CITD by phone at (619) 482-6393 or email at and we'll be glad to assist you with the registration process to participate as an attendee or exhibitor.
For more information and to register, click here


Save the Date: International Opportunities & Resources for San Diego Manufacturers

Save the date for a seminar on international opportunities and resources for San Diego manufacturers, hosted by the National City Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the San Diego CITD.

When: November 13, 2013 - Noon to 2:30 PM

More details available soon on our website.

YEP Fall 2013 Business Plan Competition

Our Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) Fall 2013 Business Plan Competition is now open!


Business plans submitted for the competition will be evaluated and scored by a panel of business professionals. The top 3 business plans will receive: 

  • iPad Mini
  • Business Management Prize Pack
  • Free PR For Your Business
  • Technical Assistance to Help You Launch Your Business

Deadline to submit business plans is November 22nd, 2013 by 5 PM. 


More information on YEP and the business plan competition at

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About the CITD

Expand your business through International Trade! 


The San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) assists small and medium-sized enterprises expand internationally by providing low and no-cost programs and services including, one-on-one technical assistance and consulting, market research, training and educational programs, trade leads and special events.


International trade counseling is available by appointment at the following San Diego CITD Locations:


Chula Vista

Southwestern College

900 Otay Lakes Road
Building 660

Chula Vista, CA 91910


Otay Mesa

SWC Higher Education Center Otay Mesa

8100 Gigantic Street
Building 4500
San Diego, CA 92154


National City
National City
Chamber of Commerce

901 National City Blvd.
National City, CA 91950  


Mission Valley

San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center 

4007 Camino del Rio South
Room 210
San Diego, CA 92108


East County

East County EDC

1870 Cordell Court, Suite 202

El Cajon, CA 92020


For appointments, call
(619) 482-6393 or visit

The CITD initiative was awarded the prestigious Presidential "E" Award for its significant contribution to helping expand export trade.
International Trade Counseling

Need assistance with import/export documentation? Want to find foreign buyers for your products/services?
Get free assistance with international trade!
Request an appointment with one of our International Trade Specialists today!
CalSTEP Border Export Program

Want to increase your sales by supplying to major international manufacturers?


Our CalSTEP Border Export Program can help match you with manufacturers looking for your products and services.
Border Export Program  

California STEP, funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, facilitates export promotion activities, serving targeted industries to drive exports for small business.



Reference in this newsletter to any specific commercial products, brand names, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the San Diego CITD, or its officers, employees or agents. 

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