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 Border 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

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


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.

Border Export Program Related Events

10:00 am MEXPORT 2018
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
The premier cross border business expo in the Cali-Baja region promoting trade and business opportunities. For more information about exhibiting or attending the MEXPORT expo, click here.
8:00 am 4to Encuentro Industrial DIMBC (...
4to Encuentro Industrial DIMBC (...
Aug 21 @ 8:00 am – Aug 22 @ 5:00 pm
4to Encuentro Industrial DIMBC (4th Annual Industrial Meeting DIMBC) @ Baja California Center
Build business relationships on the world’s most visited border. This event includes business-to-business meetings, conference, and industrial expo. For more information, go to  
8:00 am BajaMak Industrial Expo 2018
BajaMak Industrial Expo 2018
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am – Oct 24 @ 5:00 pm
BajaMak Industrial Expo 2018
Join the San Diego CITD at BajaMak 2018 on October 23rd in Tijuana, Mexico. The trade show and expo emphasizes the maquiladora supply industry in the Baja California border region and will feature five specialized industries exhibiting their current needs for their manufacturing plants in Mexico. These industries include: Aerospace, Automotive, Medical Products, Metal/Mechanical, and