San Diego CITD Update
November 2018
In This Edition
DSN for Global Trade/CITD Launch First Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program Cohort

This first cohort of SCLAP includes 8 apprentices who are working full-time and attending classes three times a week in the evenings. Through the OJT, apprentices learn competencies associated with the Cargo and Freight Agent occupation. Employers with apprentices participating in the program include  CASAS International Brokerage and Grupo Logistics, customs brokers and freight forwarders   

Speed Networking Event Helps Students Learn About Careers in Supply Chain Management

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) San Diego/Baja Roundtable, in collaboration with local colleges and universities, organized the third installment of its innovative Student-Executive Speed Networking event. The event, which took place on October 24th at National University's Spectrum Business Park Campus, is tailored specifically for students interested in careers in the supply chain management field and provides them with an opportunity to network with supply chain executives from leading companies in the San Diego region.

Schools collaborating on this event included National University, University of San Diego, San Diego State University, California State University - San Marcos, and Community Colleges in the region, represented by the DSN for Global Trade.

California Small Businesses Connect with Baja California Manufacturers During Industrial Tour

The San Diego CITD, in collaboration with the  Baja California Secretary of Economic Development (SEDECO) and Ensenada Economic Development Corporation, led a tour of several manufacturing facilities for small businesses in the Southern California region. More than 20 participants-which included business owners & representatives, as well as trade specialists and economic development professionals-boarded a bus provided by SEDECO and participated in the Baja Supplier Day Industrial Tour in Ensenada, Baja California. Companies participating in the event were recruited with the help of San Diego CITD partner, CMTC-a non-profit provider of manufacturing consulting services to California small and medium-sized manufacturers.

The tour began with a visit to the NAVICO/Lowrance Electronics of Mexico manufacturing plant in Ensenada.

Join the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce and San Diego CITD to l earn about how the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and Section 232 (Steel and Aluminum) and 301 (Chinese Imports) duties will impact your operations at this timely  seminar  and  webinar .

Topics covered include:
  • 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
  • USMCA expiration
When: November 30, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

For more information and to register, click here.
Join Federal and State government officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) as they provide an overview of export certifications available for processed food products. Key topics to be covered include: the application process, documentation, certification requirements and timing. This webinar is specific to processed food export documentation commonly referred to as 'Certificates of Free Sale', 'Health Certificates' or 'Export Certificates'.

Topics to be covered include:
  • California Department of Public Health - Export Documents
    • Export, Distributor, Free Sale, Manufacturer, Special Wording
  • U.S. Food & Drug Administration - Export Documents
    • Certificate to a Foreign Government
    • Certificate of Export
    • Certificate of Free Sale

When: November 8, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


For more information and to register, click here.

Please join the CSCMP, APICS and ISM in their bi-annual collaborative event forum. A highly anticipated networking summit, dinner, and panel discussion. The focus will be on the success and modernization of cross-border trade with Mexico. 
Featured panelists include: Chosen Foods, Taylor Guitars, FedEx Trade Networks, U.S. Commercial Service & Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

When: November 27, 2018 - 5 PM to 8 PM

For more information and to register, click here.
Join the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Utah District Export Council for Discover Global Markets: Indo-Pacific, a dynamic conference bringing together global leaders across the aerospace, defense, and security sectors. Seize the opportunity to network with international executives, business development and marketing professionals, technology developers, export compliance specialists, and government officials. Walk
away with the knowledge it takes to compete globally and transform market potential to market success.

What to expect:
  • Discuss procurement needs directly with foreign buyers and government decision makers
  • Gain insight on geopolitical and economic issues in the region
  • Hear from experts on how critical issues including export compliance, cybersecurity, and intellectual property rights impact your business
  • Receive guidance on trade barriers and market access issues
  • Leverage U.S. Government trade contacts to support your global sales
For more information, click here.
The Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade, in collaboration with the California Community Colleges' Centers of Excellence San Diego/Imperial Region, is conducting a study of jobs in global trade, supply chain management, and logistics in San Diego. The study will analyze the employment and training needs of San Diego companies engaged in these sectors and help identify related occupations. 

The survey is being conducted using an online survey tool and expected to take approximately 15 minutes to complete.  If you are an employer engaged in global trade, supply chain management, and logistics activities as part of your business operations, please take a moment to complete this important survey.

SCPro Fundamentals Supply Chain Management Certifications

The  Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade (DSNGT) and the San Diego CITD are 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 for students at  Southwestern College , Palomar College , and   San Diego City College  enrolled in international business, business administration, business management, logistics and transportation, or manufacturing engineering technology programs. This is possible due to a grant the DSNGT/San Diego CITD received through the San Diego/Imperial Region Strong Workforce Program and Regional Consortium for Collaborative Program Innovation Projects, which is aligned with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office "Doing What Matters" initiative.

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

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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   

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
Room 4106
San Diego, CA 92154

East County
East County EDC
127 East Lexington Ave
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.
Global Trade & Logistics

International Business and Logistics Programs at San Diego Community Colleges

Supply Chain Management Certifications Offered in Collaboration with the San Diego CITD

SCPro Fundamentals

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
California STEP Registration Form -2018
Ask Us How You Can Participate

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.



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.