The Supplier Export Program, part of California STEP, brings representatives from major international manufacturers in the Southern California/Baja California region to a series of of events organized in conjunction with the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce called Mexport Supplier’s Forums.

The goal of the program is to help small and medium-sized businesses increase their sales through international trade by matching them with the manufacturers that are looking to source services, components, raw materials, and other commodities regionally.

Below is a list of commodities currently needed by these manufacturers. (Use the tabs at the bottom of the table to navigate between companies.)

To participate in the Supplier Export Program, you must:

  1. Meet the following eligibility requirements:
    – Comply with SBA Size Standards (Check the size standard for your industry here.)
    – Been in business for no less than 1 year on the date on which assistance is provided under a STEP grant.
    – Operating profitably based on U.S. operations.
    – Demonstrated understanding of the costs associated with exporting and doing business with foreign
    – purchasers, including the costs of freight forwarding, customs brokers, packing and shipping.
    – Have in effect a strategic plan for exporting (The San Diego CITD can assist you with this).
    – Complete an Export Readiness Assessment.
  2. Register with CalSTEP at www.citd.org/.

Once you complete your registration with CalSTEP, a San Diego CITD International Trade Specialist will contact you for further details. If you have any questions about the program call (619) 482-6393 or email support@sandiegocitd.org.

 

The California State Trade and Export Promotion (California STEP) facilitates export promotion, activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for small businesses. The STEP program is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Funding is not an endorsement of any product, opinion, or service. All Federal and State funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Special arrangements for individuals with disability will be made if requested in advance.