San Diego CITD Update
January 2016
In This Edition

The San Diego Customs Brokers Association (CBA) held its annual holiday dinner in Chula Vista and surprised CITD staff who were in attendance with a plaque in recognition of Southwestern College and the CITD's continued support and participation with the agency in promoting international trade. The San Diego CBA is based out of Otay Mesa and continuously works with the CITD to provide professional development to the industry through its educational program.
The San Diego CITD, in conjunction with the San Diego District office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, will be hosting a workshop on exporting opportunities and resources for exporters. If you are an existing exporter or are ready to export, this workshop will provide you with valuable information on how to successfully expand into new markets.

When: January 28th, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Cost: $15 (refreshments will be served)

For more information and to register, click here.
The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and ProMéxico, together with partners at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's Office, Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, and the San Diego U.S. Export Assistance Center, U.S. Commercial Service, United States Department of Commerce will be hosting a summit in January to discuss California-Mexico cross border relations as part of Governor Brown's 2014 Trade and Investment Agreement with the Mexican Government.

The summit will highlight the CaliBaja Bi-National Mega-Region. CaliBaja brings together distinct assets in each of its regions offering trade and investment opportunities for global businesses.

For more information and to register for the event, click here.
The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), in partnership with the San Diego & Imperial District Export Council will be presenting its Complying with U.S. Export Controls workshop on February 17th, 2016.

This two-day program is led by BIS's professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods.

For more information, including program agenda, click here.
Mexicali, Mexico is home to over 500 national and international companies with manufacturing and assembly operations utilizing over $350 million in parts and components in the region annually. The Mexicali Supply Expo 2016 is your opportunity to connect with the Areospace, Metal Mechanic, Medical Device, Automotive, Electronic and more, professionals who are looking for suppliers to meet their fabrication needs. At this annual, international event manufacturers and suppliers will:
  • Meet one-on-one to discuss demand and supply needs and opportunities
  • Participate in an Expert Panel Discussion to examine international operations and discuss doing business in Mexicali
  • Tap into government, developers and educational institution opportunities in specialized pavilions
  • Network with key company leaders at an industry-wide reception
If you are interested in participating in this event, you can contact the CITD at (619) 482-6393 or email at and we'll be glad to assist you with the registration process to participate as an attendee, exhibitor, or for matchmaking meetings during the event.

For more information on the event, click here.
California exporters now have access to additional assistance to help grow the exports of their products and services thanks to an SBA grant awarded through its State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program to the California Centers for International Trade Development (CITD). The nearly $750,000 award, with matching funds provided by the CITD, will be used primarily to help eligible small businesses offset the cost of export related activities-such as foreign trade missions, foreign market sales trips, and export assistance services available through the U.S. Department of Commerce-through small grants of up to $2,500. The CITD also plans to sponsor inbound trade missions, bringing foreign buyers to meet with California companies.

A fact sheet about the California STEP program can be found here. For more information on California STEP and to apply for funding, go to 
ExporTech™ is a national export assistance program that helps companies enter or expand in global markets. Jointly offered by the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the U.S. Export Assistance Centers of the U.S. Department of Commerce, ExporTech applies a structured export strategy development process that assists 4-8 companies to accelerate growth. It is the only national program where each company develops a written export plan, that is vetted by a panel of experts upon completion.  ExporTech efficiently connects companies with a wide range of world-class experts that help navigate the export sales process. The result is that companies rapidly expand global sales and save countless hours of effort.
CMTC® will be bringing the ExporTech program to Murrieta in February. For more information on this program and to apply to participate, click here.

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Upcoming Events

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Automated Export System (AES) Compliance Seminar

California Wine Export Program Annual Seminar

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How to Grow Your Business Through Exports - Los Angeles

U.S. Department of Commerce Healthcare Trade & Investment Mission to Peru 

U.S. Outdoor Lifestyle Roadshow to China

Export University 2016

Inbound Buying Missions to Natural Products Expo West Tradeshow

12th Annual Global California Conference

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

1908 Friendship Drive
Suite A

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.
Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade & Logistics

Part of the California Community Colleges "Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Econony" initiative, the DSN for Global Trade & Logistics is focused on aligning curriculum and training programs in International Business and Logistics, across the community colleges in the San Diego & Imperial Counties region, to meet industry needs and help students develop successful career paths in high-growth, high-wage industries.
Visit the DSN website for information on international business-related programs, resources, and tools for students, employers, faculty, and workers.
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.

Are you ready to pursue and win government contracts? If so, the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center(SDCOC), also known as the San Diego PTAC, is a resource partner of the San Diego CITD and is here to assist you. SDCOC's mission is to assist San Diego county small businesses with the information, resources, and technical assistance they need to effectively compete for and perform on federal, state, and local government contracts.  For more than 20 years, the SDCOC has provided San Diego area small businesses with FREE one-on-one mentoring, training, and bid locating services.  These valuable services have assisted San Diego small businesses in winning over $875 million in contract awards.    
If you are interested in becoming a client of the SDCOC, please complete their online application located at  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to visit their website for more information at or call 619-285-7020. 



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.