San Diego CITD Update
May 2017
In This Edition
Export University: Legal, Contractual, and Regulatory Aspects (Trade Compliance)
Join us for the 3rd session of  Export University on May 17th from 8:30AM to 12:00PM at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley. This session will focus on Legal, Contractual, and Regulatory Aspects (Trade Compliance). Topics that will be covered include:
  • Role of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and Rules of Origin
  • International Sales and Distributors Contracts
  • Accepted Definitions
  • Rules of Interpretation for Most Common Commercial Terms
  • Property Protection (IPP) Markets/International
  • Customs Clearance Overseas
Cost:  $15
Date/Time: May 17th, 2017 - 8:30am - 12:00pm 
Location:  Point Loma Nazarene University 
                 4007 Camino de Rio South 
                 San Diego, CA 92108

Seating is limited

As part of National Small Business Week, the San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be recognizing 16 award winning small businesses and small business champions at its annual Awards Luncheon. The event, which will be held on May 4th from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM at the San Diego Marriott, will recognize these award winners for their contributions to the American economy. 

Candidates for awards in a variety of categories are nominated by trade associations, chambers of commerce, lenders, and business assistance organizations. This year, the San Diego CITD nominated two clients for awards. San Diego CITD client,  Neyenesch Printers, won for the category of Family-Owned Small Business of the Year for the San Diego District, and CITD client,  Rough Draft Brewing, won for the category of Small Business Exporter of the Year for Region IX, which includes Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, and Nevada.

For additional information on the Awards Luncheon and a full list of award winners in the SBA's San Diego District,  click here.

The San Diego CITD,  Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade and Logistics  (DSNGTL),  Deputy Sector Navigator for Advanced Manufacturing , and SB1070 CTE Regional Pathways organized a professional development day for teachers interested in better understanding manufacturing and global trade in the local region, and looking for ways to bring these concepts to their classrooms. Participants included teachers and workforce development professionals from Mesa College, San Marcos High School, San Diego Met High School, GUHSD, Chula Vista High School, SD City College Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies, San Diego County office of Education and Junior Achievement. 

MEXPORT is the Southern California/Baja California region's premier industrial trade show promoting sourcing opportunities with major manufacturing facilities in Baja California. Organized by the  Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce  for the last 28 years, MEXPORT typically draws more than 180 exhibitors spanning everything from industrial equipment companies to freight forwarders and customs brokers from both sides of the border. 

In addition to exhibiting at MEXPORT 2017 with partners including the San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce San Diego Export Assistance Center , and Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation, the San Diego CITD helped to coordinate B2B meetings between suppliers and buyers from two large companies in the region.

The San Diego CITD and  Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade and Logistics (DSNGTL) concluded the first in a series of courses designed to prepare supply chain management professionals for the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification exams. The first course, " Basics of Supply Chain Management" lasted 10-weeks and concluded on April 26th. Students who participated in the course are now prepared to take the certification exam for this module. To earn the CPIM designation, a professional must pass a series of five exams to demonstrate mastery of essential terminology, concepts, and strategies related to production and inventory management. The San Diego CITD and  DSN for Global Trade & Logistics , in collaboration with the  San Diego Chapter of APICS , is offering courses designed to prepare professionals for each of the certification exams.

A special thank you to Gavin Swigart, Vice President of Education for the San Diego Chapter of APICS, and Ceci Anderson, APICS Instructor for helping to make this course successful.

The next course that will be offered is
Master Planning of Resources:

Start Date:
May 31st, 2017

8 weeks

Wednesdays, 6PM - 9PM

Southwestern College Higher Education Center Otay Mesa
8100 Gigantic Street
San Diego, CA 92154

$465 for APICS Members
$515 for Non-Members 

For more information and to register, click here.

CITD Sponsors Amber Roads Global Trade Academy

The San Diego CITD sponsored the Amber Road Training, "Made in America, Buy America, or Buy American - Qualify your Goods and Increase Sales. The training was taught by trade lawyer and licensed customs broker, Robin Grover, and licensed customs broker and Certified Classification Specialist, Suzanne M. Richer. Participants in the training came from all over the U.S. and learned the many requirements and standards for their company's products to qualify as "Made in America" and their ability to participate in  U.S. Government procurement programs as well the different agencies they would need to qualify through.
South County EDC Aerospace & Aviation Forum

Importers, Exporters, Carriers, Assembly Companies & Mexican Brokers

Mexican authorities, specifically "SAT" sent out a notification last year stating that all truck companies wanting to use the FAST access lanes in Mexico must now have the OEA Certification.

Join the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce at this seminar and learn from the experts all you need to know about this important certification.

Click here for more information and to register.
The Intensifying Battle for the Chinese Market: Emerging Opportunities and the Challenges Threatening American Businesses

For decades, the world has witnessed the incredible rise of the Chinese economy and more recently, the rise of an affluent Chinese middle class, drawing investment from all corners of the world. Recently however, rising labor costs and a slowdown in economic growth are exacerbating long-standing regulatory issues, causing a shift in strategy for American businesses.

Alan Beebe, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in China  comes to San Diego to provide insight on the obstacles American firms continue to face in China, and what opportunities need to be taken advantage of to remain competitive in the world's most populous country.  Dr. Karl Gerth, Chinese Studies Program Director at UC San Diego , will lead a Q&A session with Beebe.

For more information and to register, click here.

The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), in collaboration with the California Community Colleges' Centers of Excellence, and our office-the San Diego CITD-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.

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 Main Campus
900 Otay Lakes Road
Building 660
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Otay Mesa
SWC Higher Education Center Otay Mesa
8100 Gigantic Street
Building 4500
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.
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.

The program provides resources and services to help small businesses participate in foreign trade missions, trade show exhibitions, training workshops, and more. Download the fact sheet below for more information and how to take advantage of these benefits.

California STEP:
Foreign Market Promotion Opens Nov 1, 2016
  • No Cost Match
  • Trade Show Booth Cost
  • Website Translation
  • And Much More (excludes travel costs)
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.

The purpose of the guide is to provide California companies and foreign investors with expert advice and answers to frequently asked questions about exporting, foreign direct investment and global business.
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, the  San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center(SDCOC), also known as the San Diego PTAC, is a resource partner of the San Diego CITD and is here to assist you with the information, resources, and technical assistance you need to effectively compete for and perform on federal, state, and local government contracts.
If you are interested in becoming a client of the SDCOC or for more information, please visit their website at or call 619-285-7020. 



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.