San Diego CITD Update
January 2019
In This Edition
Global Trade Update: USMCA, NAFTA 2.0, 232 and 301 Duties

The   Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce with the support of the San Diego CITD presented a seminar and webinar last November about how the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and Section 232 (Steel and Aluminum) and 301 (Chinese Imports) duties will impact international companies' operations. 

Presenter Steve Zisser, Esq, from Zisser Customs Law Group covered the following topics: What realistic mechanisms are there to deal with our new world of duties; Mexico "NAFTA" products may be subject to Chinese 301 duties; New USMCA rules of origin and automotive; New certificate of origin requirements; Strategies to prevent and avoid additional duties; Impact on other FTAs; and USMCA expiration.

Cross-Border Trade Supply Chain Forum "Trade for Growth"

The "Cross-Border Trade Supply Chain Forum with the theme of "Trade for Growth", brought the Supply Chain Management Professionals community together to discuss the importance of the cross-border trade supply chains on November 27, 2018. The panelist included: Peter Choi, Chosen Foods; Charlie Redden, Taylor Guitars; Rene Vizcarra, FedEx Trade Networks; Aron Davidson, U.S. Commercial Service; Eduardo Acosta, R.L. Jones / Otay Chamber of Commerce / MEXPORT; and were moderated by Joel Sutherland, Managing Director of the Supply Chain Management Institute, at the University of San Diego. 

The Forum was the bi-annual collaborative event presented by CSCMP, APICS and ISM.   The panel discussion concentrated on the success and modernization of cross-border trade with Mexico. The Forum took place at SDSU Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center and was sponsored by CSCMP, APICS, ISM and SDSU Center for International Business Education & Research.

Growing Your International Sales Online

"Growing Your International Sales On-Line" workshop was presented on November 29, 2018. The main focus of the workshop was to address the importance of why to grow your sales, brand and business internationally. It is estimated that the global on-line retail market (not including B2B) will be a $4 trillion dollar market in 2020, with 50%, or $2 trillion of the market in China. 

The workshop offered assistance in developing a platform to position your company to keep pace with your on-line international presence. Opportunities to learn how to leverage your online presence to increase your brand awareness, visibility, and sales in your international target markets were presented, including the  importance of localized websites, social media, and the California State Trade Expansion Program. 

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E-Commerce Shipments with no duties and no fees Webinar

E-Commerce is booming in Mexico. The "E-Commerce Shipments with no duties and no fees Webinar", will cover how to save when importing into the U.S. with no duties and no fees, including no China 301 duties. 

When: The webinar will be Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 11:00 am to 12:30 p.m. 

For additional information and to register,  click here

C-TPAT Changes in 2019 and 2020

The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce with the support of the San Diego CITD will offer a seminar and webinar about the "C-TPAT Changes in 2019 and 2020". This program is directed to C-TPAT certified manufactures, cross border trucking companies, Customs Brokers and U.S. Importers or any company looking to join C-TPAT. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will present the latest updates and planned four phases of changes to the C-TPAT program.

The seminar was originally proposed for Thursday, January 10, 2019, but due to the U.S. Government's lapse in appropriations, it will be postponed to Thursday, February 21, 2019. For registration, follow this link:

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SCPro Fundamentals Supply Chain Management Certifications

The  San Diego CITD is offering the opportunity for students and encumbent workers to earn an industry-recognized certification in Supply Chain Management. 

The  SCPro Fundamentals Supply Chain Certification Program is backed by the  Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and offers 8 different certification tracks. This completely online certification program is currently free to California Community College students enrolled in international business, business administration, business management, logistics and transportation, or manufacturing engineering technology programs. This is possible due to the  Industry Sector Projects in Common (ISPIC) grant awarded through the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

The certification modules include:
  • Supply Chain Management Principles
  • Customer Service Operations
  • Transportation Operations
  • Warehousing Operations
  • Demand Planning
  • Inventory Management
  • Manufacturing & Service Operations
  • Supply Management & Procurement
Each of these certifications is industry recognized and has proven to be beneficial as students move into the job search market or for existing workers to gain upward mobility. Students interested in this program will be able to start with the Supply Chain Management Principles module and if they pass the proctored exam, they can move forward with other certifications depending on their goals and interests. Students who pass and receive all 8 certifications will receive a CSCMP SCPro Fundamentals Comprehensive Certification.

For additional information about the program, please  visit

Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program

The San Diego CITD's   Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program  (SCLAP) is a State-approved program that combines paid on-the-job training with classroom lessons. Apprentices in the program work full-time and train for the Cargo and Freight Agent occupation while taking courses from  Southwestern College's International Logistics and Transportation Program Sample job titles for this occupation include: Cargo Agent, Documentation   Clerk, Freight Broker, Logistics Coordinator, and others.

Additionally, apprentices will have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications in supply chain management through the CITD's  SCPro Fundamentals certification program. A grant awarded to the San Diego CITD covers the cost of taking these courses for apprentices, including books and materials.

If you are an employer that hires personnel for this occupation and would like more information on how you can participate in this program, contact us at
CITD Launch Second Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program Cohort

The second cohort of the  started in January 2019 with Introduction to Business Logistics Management which includes eleven apprentices who are working full-time and attending classes. The course is offer at Southwestern College Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa. The course instructor is Professor Bernardo Andrade, MBA, a long-term instructor of the Southwestern College  International Logistics and Transportation Program and a Senior Logistics Manager at Dr. Bronner's a top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America.


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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:

National City
Southwestern College Higher Education Center
National City
880 National City Blvd.
Suite 7100
National City, CA 91950   

Otay Mesa
SWC Higher Education Center Otay Mesa
8100 Gigantic Street
Room 4106
San Diego, CA 92154

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The CITD initiative was awarded the prestigious Presidential "E" Award for its significant contribution to helping expand export trade.
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Supply Chain Management Certifications Offered in Collaboration with the San Diego CITD

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APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)
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.

California STEP Individual Company Export Promotion (ICEP) Program
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California Export Guide
SDSU CIBER  in partnership with ThinkGlobal Inc.,, has launched the  California Export Guide , available in print and online. The colorful, magazine-style guide is a free resource for California exporters to find the tools they need to succeed in global markets.
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.

Are you ready to pursue and win government contracts? If so, visit the  San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center(SDCOC), also known as the San Diego PTAC, is a resource partner of the San Diego CITD.



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