The “Cross-Border Trade Supply Chain Forum with the theme of “Trade for Growth”, brought the Supply Chain Management Professionals community together to discuss the importance of the cross-border trade supply chains on November 27, 2018. The panelist included: Peter Choi, Chosen Foods; Charlie Redden, Taylor Guitars; Rene Vizcarra, FedEx Trade Networks; Aron Davidson, U.S. Commercial Service; Eduardo Acosta, R.L. Jones / Otay Chamber of Commerce / MEXPORT; and were moderated by Joel Sutherland, Managing Director of the Supply Chain Management Institute, at the University of San Diego. The Forum was the bi-annual collaborative event presented by CSCMP, APICS, and ISM. The panel discussion concentrated on the success and modernization of cross-border trade with Mexico. The Forum took place at SDSU Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center and was sponsored by CSCMP, APICS, ISM and SDSU Center for International Business Education & Research.
The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce with the support of the San Diego CITD presented a seminar and webinar last November about how the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and Section 232 (Steel and Aluminum) and 301 (Chinese Imports) duties will impact international companies’ operations. Presenter Steve Zisser, Esq, from Zisser Customs Law Group covered the following topics: What realistic mechanisms are there to deal with our new world of duties; Mexico “NAFTA” products may be subject to Chinese 301 duties; New USMCA rules of origin and automotive; New certificate of origin requirements; Strategies to prevent and avoid additional duties; Impact on other FTAs; and USMCA expiration.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, attended the release of the UC San Diego study about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its impact on San Diego. The study was produced by the San Diego World Trade Center. The event took place at Qualcomm on August 3, 2016. TPP is intended to eliminate tariffs, establish high-standard trade rules and ensure strong environmental and labor standards and protect intellectual property in twelve Pacific Rim countries. TPP faces strong challenges in Congress to pass. The study points out how TPP can benefit some regions more than others and San Diego’s innovation industries are positioned to greatly benefit from it.