Monthly Archives: November 2018

The Chamber, IBA Committee member Louis R. Escareño, Attorney at Law, Tafoya and Associates, and the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership hosted a discussion with David R. Ayón co-author of “Power Shift: How Latinos in California Transformed Politics in America.”  The discussion was moderated by Paola Avila, Chamber VP of International Business Affairs. Power Shift charts the […]

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IBWC New Commissioner

Jayne Harkins has been appointed to serve as the new U.S. Commissioner of the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico. Harkins is the first woman Commissioner for either the United States or Mexico in the 129-year history of the Commission. As Commissioner, she serves as head of the U.S. Section of the […]

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Last month, the Chamber and representatives from Deloitte San Diego and Washington D.C. met in Tijuana for a tour of Baja Railroad headquarters and the company’s daily activities. Baja Railroad is the railway company that operates the Tijuana-Tecate short line in Baja California. They transport freight and goods between both sides of California’s border. After […]

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On October 24th, the Port of San Diego held its annual Senior Leadership Seminar to brief public and private sector leadership on current events and new developments. As part of the Resilience Working Group, the mission of the seminar is to provide a forum for diverse stakeholders to work together to de-conflict plans, validate assumptions, […]

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On November 14th, the Chamber hosted its annual International Tribute Dinner. This event provides an opportunity to recognize outstanding individuals and businesses that have made a significant impact in the binational efforts bridging U.S. and Mexican economies. Recognized for their work in the region this year: U.S. Customs and Border Protection and SAT (Mexican Tax Administration Service), Cross-Border […]

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Calimax Visit

On October 22, the Chamber’s IBA Committee and Jerry Sanders met with Calimax’s President Ignacio Fimbres and his team to learn about the company’s history, international activities, and upcoming ventures. A brief presentation of Calimax’s operations and vision was followed by a brief tour of the Tijuana Distribution Center which supplies all of the stores […]

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The Chamber hosted the Border Trade Alliance Board of Directors meeting last week where Paola Avila, Vice President of International Business Affairs, was re-elected Board Chair for a second year. Representing a large network of public and private sector members from across the U.S., the BTA is a non-profit organization that advocates for policies and […]

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The Chamber, in partnership with organizations from both sides of the border, is hosting a series of informational forums to brief regional stakeholders on the new trilateral trade agreement. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement, known as NAFTA 2.0, includes several updated chapters from the original North American Trade Agreement and improves provisions in others. Trade agreements like […]

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In response to the arrival of migrant caravans, U.S. Customs and Border Protection closed 10 lanes at the San Ysidro Port of Entry and one lane at the Otay Port of Entry on November 19.  CBP also temporarily suspended all northbound vehicle traffic in San Ysidro, as well as PedEast northbound operations for a few hours early in […]

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In the spirit of Veterans Day, we encourage organizations with veteran employees to join the Veterans Honor Roll. The Veterans Honor Roll program was launched to encourage the hiring of veterans in the San Diego region and recognizes Chamber members who have a commitment to veteran employment. If your business has hired at least one […]

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