San Diego CITD Update
December 2018
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NAFTA Becomes USMCA Seminar
Tariffs on Chinese Goods: Impacts and Implications Seminar

Starting January 1, 2019, the duty on imported goods from China will increase 25%. With so many goods and products affected, what does this mean for you? Join this discussion to learn about what the impacts and implications will be for importers and consumers. Learn about what goods will be affected, the implications for pricing, and how this tariff can possible be avoided or mitigated. Topics that will be covered include:
  • Tariff policy process
  • The Harmonized Tariff system
  • The role of the WTO
  • Section 301 of the US Trade Act
  • More...

Cost: Free

Where: UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center

When: Wednesday, December 12

For additional information and to register, click here.
The Census Bureau has a new data visualization tool called Global Market Finder: An Interactive Tool for U.S. Exporters . The tool helps users find detailed international trade in goods statistics for specific commodity codes, countries of destination, and modes of transportation. Through interactive graphs and tables, exporters can see the values, quantities, and unit prices of the goods they produce and potentially find new export markets for their products. The tool provides a five-year history so that users can see changes and trends over time.

Click here to access the tool.
The California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) has funds  available for qualified California-based small to medium sized companies to participate in trade expansion activities, including upcoming international trade missions and trade shows for the AgriFoodTech and Aeropsace & Defense industries.  STEP funds can help offset the cost of participating in and exhibiting at these events. 

For additional information on STEP and how to participate in trade expansion activities, visit 
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
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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.