San Diego CITD Update
February 2018
In This Edition
The  Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade  and  Director of the San Diego Center for International Trade Development  (CITD), Victor Castillo, was invited by the  CalWORKs  program at Southwestern College to give a workshop on career opportunities in the global trade sector to students participating in the program. CalWorks, which stands for California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids, is a state program that provides cash assistance and services to eligible needy families in California. The CalWORKs Program at Southwestern College provides assistance to TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) participants which include academic, career, personal counseling and employment assistance. 

Market Entry and Tax Stategies: Planning at Home and Abroad

If you are currently doing business internationally or planning to enter a new market, you need to understand the potential tax impact on your business .

Join us at our  "Market Entry and Tax Strategies: Planning At Home and Abroad" workshop, which will be presented by Jo-Renee Hunter, a Los Angeles based CPA and Attorney with extensive experience with international tax transactions. This workshop will cover topics including:
  • Tax Impact of Export Transactions
  • Impact of Entity Selection on U.S. and Foreign Tax Exposure
  • Foreign Sales and Value Added Taxes (VAT)
  • How to Eliminate Double Tax on Foreign Income
For additional information and to register, click here.
Registration for APICS CPIM Certification Preparation Course Closing Soon

The  San Diego CITD and DSN for Global Trade & Logistics (DSNGTL), in collaboration with the San Diego Chapter of APICS, is now offering the updated   APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification courses at Southwestern College's Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa. APICS is a national industry-recognized association for supply management professionals.

The updated CPIM certification learning system consists of two parts and two exams, condensed from the previous five modules and exams. The San Diego CITD and DSNGTL will be offering the  CPIM Part 2: Advanced Supply Chain for Internal Operations (formerly MPR, DSP, SMR, and ECO) course, which is scheduled to start February 21st, 2018 and will run for 13 weeks from 6 PM - 9 PM on Wednesdays.


APICS Plus Members: $1,315
APICS Core Members/Non-members: $1,465

Deadline to register is February 16th. Registrations after this date will incur a $50 late registration fee.

For additional information about the course and to register, click here.

Border Export Program

There is a $13 billion supplier's market within the Baja California, Mexico manufacturing industry. The San Diego CITD can help you tap into that market through its Border Export Program.

The Border Export Program, a California STEP activity, includes:
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Matchmaking
  • Assistance with Trade Shows
  • Assistance with Trade Missions
To view a list of sample products/services currently in demand by Baja California manufacturers, and additional information on the program, click here.
Handling and Responding to a CBP Request for Information

Join the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego CITD on February 22nd for a seminar on how to handle and respond to a CBP request for information. 

Topics covered in the seminar include:
  • What is a CBP request and the types of issues covered
  • Why they are issued by the CBP
  • As an importer how to carefully review and evaluate the request
  • The roles of the U.S. Customs Broker
  • CBP expectations and requirements
  • CBP Next Steps, including CBP 29s and rate advances
  • Importer Next Steps, including Prior Disclosures, protests, etc.
For additional information and to register, click here.
Mexicali Supply 2018

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 2018 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.

Save the Date: MEXPORT 2018

Save the date for MEXPORT 2018, which will be held on April 26, 2018.

MEXPORT, organized by the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, is the premier cross border business expo in the  Cali-Baja  region promoting trade and business opportunities.

This year MEXPORT will include Business-to-Business Executive Sessions between buyers from major manufacturers, service providers, and potential suppliers. These sessions will be included with booth registration.

For more information on exhibiting or attending MEXPORT, click here.
Asia Pacific Business Outlook Conference 2018

The U.S. Commercial Service and the USC Marshall School of Business have been working together on the Asia Pacific Business Outlook (APBO) since 1988 to help exporters and investors expand their trade and investment in the Asia/Pacific region.

In the aftermath of the U.S. elections, new uncertainties in trade and foreign policies will have an impact on Asia/Pacific business environments. In the upcoming months, as the administration defines its policies, businesses will be able to learn first-hand from the 50 business experts at APBO so they can strategically maneuver their organizations to meet the new challenges and opportunities in the constantly changing economies of Asia.

For additional information about the conference, click here.

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:

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.
International Business and Logistics Programs at San Diego Community Colleges

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

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 -2017
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.