Category: International

The first Cali-Baja Binational Logistics Railway Forum took place Friday, June 9 in the city of Tecate, Mexico. The Forum was attended by more than 200 people from the academic, industrial and other interested sectors. Speakers with a long track record in the industrial sector and related to the railway sector discussed the relevance of […]

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The Chamber is proud to welcome Kenia Zamarripa to our team as Director of International Business Affairs. Kenia brings extensive experience in cross-border advocacy and strong relationships with both the U.S. and Mexican governments to the role. Formerly with the Sportfishing Association of California, Kenia has worked to promote tourism and enhance the sportfishing industry through binational […]

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Applications for the World Trade Center’s MetroConnect Export Assistance Program are now live and will remain open through the end of June. MetroConnect, WTC’s flagship initiative, equips an annual cohort of 15 local, small to mid-sized companies with a suite of financial and programmatic resources in their efforts to bring their products and services to […]

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H2B Visa Survey

The H2B program is critical for small and seasonal businesses that require more workers during peak seasons (i.e. hospitality, forestry, seafood processing, landscaping, etc.).  Therefore, providing cap relief so these businesses can fill essential positions and grow continues to be a top priority. The H2B Workforce Coalition has put together a survey to get data […]

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The Cross-Border Business Forums are just one of the ways we work to bring businesses from both sides of the border closer together and to provide our members with the information, guidance, and resources needed to grow cross-border commerce. On May 23, we held a quarterly Cross-Border Business Forum with business leaders from both sides […]

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Earlier this month, the UCSD Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies held the inaugural Border Legislative Academy. Chamber VP of International Business Affairs, Paola Avila, served as one of the instructors. Avila spoke on the importance of cross-border collaboration to address pressing policy challenges in the region such as infrastructure, environment, trade, energy, and health care. The […]

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SB 357, the Chamber sponsored state bill authored by Senator Hueso to establish a California trade office in Mexico City has been approved by the California Senate and advanced to the Assembly. Given the uncertainty at the federal level regarding the United States’ trading partnership with Mexico, it is vital that California and Mexico maintain […]

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Expansion of the Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry, “The Improvement and Renovation Project”, is included in President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal for $121.84 million. Some of the proposed expansions include adding new non-commercial inspection booths, pedestrian facilities, and a commercial annex building. These improvements will help make the Cali-Baja border a more effective place […]

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Following the formal announcement that the presidential administration intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, commonly known as NAFTA, the Chamber activated a campaign in support of NAFTA through our social advocacy and civic engagement software system “Phone 2 Action”. Members were encouraged to submit a pre-written comment to the United States Trade […]

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