San Diego CITD Update

August 2016
In This Edition
Exporting Logistics & Transportation Workshop
The San Diego CITD and San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration are hosting a workshop on the logistics and transportation aspects of exporting on August 18th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

This workshop will provide new to export companies and existing exporters with valuable information on how to get their products to global customers in an efficient manner, reduce costs, and increase their bottom line.

Topics covered in the workshop include:
  • Cross-border process flow of goods transportation to/from Mexico
  • What is third-party logistics and how it can benefit your company
  • How-to guide for international shipping
  • Benefits of the Foreign-Trade Zones Program
Presenters include representatives from Grupo Logistics, WorldTrans Services, Inc., UPS, and the City of San Diego.

Seating is limited, register today!

Trans-Pacific Partnership Country Webinars
The International Trade Administration is hosting a series of webinars to help inform U.S. businesses about commercial opportunities in leading and emerging markets in the Pacific Rim.

Each webinar will focus on the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement for American workers and businesses in one or more of the 11 other TPP countries. These sessions will help U.S. businesses of all sizes better understand how TPP will increase their competitiveness and the growing commercial opportunities for Made-in-America products in some of the largest and most dynamic countries in the Asia Pacific region.

For a list of the webinars and to register, click here.
California Pavilion at Hong Kong Food Expo
The Northern California-Sacramento Regional Center for International Trade Development and the California State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program encourages you to take the next global step and register for the Hong Kong Food Expo, the gateway to the Asia Market! 

The Hong Kong Food Expo attracts buyers from all over Asia and Southeast Asia - the fastest growing and largest regional market for California consumer goods and food products.

For more information and to find out how to get a discounted booth at the expo, click here.
Connect Your Business to Global Markets Workshop
Ready to expand your business into foreign markets?

The San Diego CITD, in conjunction with the SBDC San Diego & Imperial Valley Network and the National City Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting a workshop geared toward existing businesses that are interested in selling their products and services globally. The workshop will cover a variety of topics, including:
  • Process for exporting goods and services
  • How to conduct international market research
  • Finding foreign buyers
  • Overview of export financing
  • Review of export documentation and logistics
  • Understanding export regulations
  • Online international trade resources
  • Connecting with buyers and sellers worldwide
For additional information and to register, click here.
The Green Expo - Mexico City
The Green Expo in Mexico City is a multinational business forum, hosting national and international companies who offer innovative solutions and cutting edge technology for a sustainable green economy. The expo attracts over 11,000 attendees from over 30 countries, including 200 plus exhibitors.

The Sacramento CITD and San Diego CITD are collaborating to provide 4-6 SMEs with the opportunity to share booth space inside the California Pavilion at the Green Expo, taking advantage of the branding power of the State of California to attract attendees and buyers.

Through a grant funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the CITDs can provide State Trade and Export Promotion Program (STEP) funds for businesses to participate in this export promotion event.

For additional information, click here.

Manufacturing Day is an event that celebrates modern manufacturing and meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. San Diego Manufacturing Day will take place on October 7th, 2016. The San Diego CITD, in collaboration with the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) at San Diego City College, will be hosting a tour of manufacturing facilities in Tijuana, Mexico as part of the many manufacturing-related activities leading up to Manufacturing Day.

Check our website for additional details soon. 

Join the San Diego CITD at BajaMak 2016 on October 20th 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.

We've redesigned our website! Our new site includes an International Trade Social Hub as well as a trade-related news stream, among other features. Check it out at 

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.

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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  


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.
California STEP

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.

The program provides resources and services to help small businesses participate in foreign trade missions, trade show exhibitions, training workshops, and more. Download the fact sheet below for more information and how to take advantage of these benefits.

CITD Border Export Program

Want to increase your sales by supplying to major international manufacturers?
The CITD Border Export Program can help match you with manufacturers looking for your products and services.

Border Export Program

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 with the information, resources, and technical assistance you need to effectively compete for and perform on federal, state, and local government contracts.
If you are interested in becoming a client of the SDCOC or for more information, please visit their website 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. 

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