Hurricane Support through the International Community Foundation

Tropical Storm Lidia Recovery Effort in Baja California Sur: The International Community Foundation is seeking support for the Baja California Disaster Relief Fund to rebuild this beautiful region, which is in so much need of assistance. ICF has received several requests from groups on-the-ground that urgently need our help. Please consider a contribution to help southern Baja recover.

Hurricane Irma Barbuda Recovery Effort: ICF is partnering with The Waitt Institute and Waitt Foundation to establish the Barbuda Recovery and Conservation, Trust Fund. The Waitt Foundation is seeding this Fund with a $100,000 grant and will match contributions made to this fund. Waitt staff are heading to Antigua and Barbuda to provide coordination and first-hand support.

Earthquake in Mexico Recovery Effort: Finally, any contributions to the International Relief Fund will aid in the recovery process that is required by the devastation caused by the magnitude-8.1 earthquake that occurred in Chiapas, and was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City. The earthquake was registered off Mexico’s southern coast while heavy rains from Hurricane Katia lashed the east. There are reports of over 50 deaths in Chiapas, Tabasco, and Oaxaca and we are sure the region will need significant aid in the coming days and weeks.

 

New Customs Program to Reduce Cargo Wait Times

Mexican Customs officers will jointly process cargo with CBP at the Otay Mesa Cargo Port of Entry. This new program, which has been implemented in other ports, means northbound cargo wait times of approximately 4 hours will be reduced to 30 minutes. This program is only eligible for C-TPAT certified users, which account for approximately 35% of cargo transactions in Otay Mesa. Unified Cargo Processing (UCP) is expected to be operational as early as next month.

The proposed weekday schedule for UCP is from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. The weekend schedule will be announced shortly.

The pre-inspection facility in Tijuana will continue operating for now, but the goal is to transition to UCP in Otay Mesa.

The Otay Mesa Chamber would like to commend CBP and Mexican Customs for implementing this program, which promises to increase competitiveness in our region by dramatically reducing cargo wait times.

 

Southbound Border Closures & Detours

Starting Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 3 a.m. and continuing through 12 p.m. Monday, September 25, all southbound lanes of I-5 and I-805 will be closed to traffic south of the SR-905. Detours will be provided for destinations south of SR-905 (residences, business, etc.), however, vehicular access into Mexico through the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry will be closed. For vehicles wanting to enter Mexico during this time, a detour to the Otay Land Port of Entry will also be in place. Northbound travelers (pedestrian and vehicular) crossing the border from Mexico and southbound pedestrians crossing the border into Mexico will be unaffected.

DETOUR MAP – CLICK HERE

 

IMMEX (Maquila) Customs Compliance – Audio Webinar

Here’s a listing of the available program content:

  • Overview of Trade Compliance
  • Annex 24 Inventory
  • Annex 31 Reporting
  • NAFTA Audits
  • Other Top 10 Compliance Areas
  • Recent Audit Experiences
  • E-Audits

Presented by:

Manuel Muñiz, 

Global Trade & Customs Partner

PRICE:

OMCC Members: $65
Non-Members: $ 100.00

Once you check out, a presentation will be emailed

ADD TO CART – OMCC Members

ADD TO CART – Non Members

Thank you, Council member David Alvarez for supporting our webinar program!

San Ysidro Port of Entry Northbound Exit Lanes to Freeways will be Limited due to Temporary Closures

In order to safely construct the skybridge joining the existing administrative building to the new pedestrian building, GSA will be instituting nightly closures of the three easternmost northbound vehicle exit lanes at the San Ysidro POE. Because of this, the exit to the Rail Court off-ramp will be closed during the intermittent night closures.

The first set of recurring nightly closures start each evening at 4 p.m. and end at 4 a.m., starting on September 12 until September 16. The second set start at 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. from September 18 through December 30.

Ready and SENTRI lanes should remain open, they’ll just have to exit through the westernmost northbound vehicle exit lanes at the port.