San Diego CITD Update
January 2018
In This Edition
The San Diego CITD hosted a meeting with a delegation of senior officials and professionals from various countries in Africa, which are members of the African Free Trade Zone trading blocs. The delegation which included representatives from Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe were interested in learning about the San Diego region's border economy, trade environment, and economic development. The meeting was arranged through the San Diego Diplomacy Council, which organizes professional, educational, and cultural exchanges for incoming delegations for the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program.

The CTE Regional Pathways Program, in collaboration with the California Community Colleges San Diego and Imperial Counties Regional Consortium, hosted a conference for K-12 and community college counselors and administrators at the Marina Village Conference Center on December 5th. The aim of the annual conference is to provide counselors and administrators with information about local career and technical education (CTE) pathways in high growth industry sectors within the San Diego & Imperial Counties region.

Following the conference's keynote panel, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a series of breakout sessions covering a variety of topics around CTE pathways and helping students develop the 21st century skills that are crucial in today's economy. One of those sessions, which was hosted by Deputy Sector Navigator for Global and Logistics (DSNGTL) and San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) Director, Victor Castillo, along with SB1070 Industry Connections Coordinator for Global Trade & Logistics and CITD International Trade Specialist, Monica Rosas, focused on Careers in International Trade, Supply Chain and Logistics.

SDSU's Center for International Business Education and Research Releases USA Trade Guide

San Diego State University's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) recently released the new USA Trade Guide. The purpose of the free guide is to assist U.S. exporters to succeed in global markets by providing answers to frequently asked questions about exporting, as well as key contacts, websites, and other important trade resources to help them connect with service providers nationwide.

You can access the free guide online by visiting:
Export University Seminar Series Starting in February

The San Diego CITD will be hosting a series of monthly export-focused workshops beginning February 14th called Export University. Workshops in the series are designed to help U.S. companies optimize their export potential and increase their international sales. 

The first session in the series, "Market Entry and Tax Strategies: Planning At Home and Abroad", 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.
Complying with U.S. Export Controls Seminar

Join the San Diego & Imperial District Export Council and U.S. Department of Commerce on  February 6th and 7th, 2018 for a unique  Complying with U.S. Export Controls Seminar featuring speakers from Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security.
This seminar provides beginner and experienced export compliance professionals with most updated information and outstanding learning experience on export compliance with the United States Dept. of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security Export Administration Regulations.

For additional information and to register, click here.
Registration for APICS CPIM Certification Preparation Course Now Open

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.

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.
Happy New Year from the 
San Diego CITD!

Wishing you and your family 12 months of success, 52 weeks of laughter, 365 days of fun, 8760 hours of joy, 525600 minutes of good luck and 31536000 seconds of happiness!

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 Supplier Export Program

Want to increase your sales by supplying to major international manufacturers?
The CITD  Supplier 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.