$89 Million for Regional Border Projects

The Trade Corridor Enhancement Program, created by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and funded by the recent gas tax increase and federal dollars, provides approximately $400-$500 million annually for infrastructure improvements on federally designated Trade Corridors of National and Regional Significance, on the Primary Freight Network, and along other corridors corridors that have a high volume of freight movement. The California Transportation Commission, which is tasked with implementing this program, recently approved $1.39 billion in infrastructure projects from this program, including $89 million for the border region. The following projects in Otay Mesa were funded:

  • $6 million for Phase 1 of the Otay Truck Route Phase IV (as previously announced in our newsletter).
  • $21.9 million for the South Bay Expressway/905 Southbound connectors
  • $37.1 million for the Siempre Viva Interchange/State Route 11
  • $5 million for the Otay II Port of Entry
  • $11.9 million for technology that will display accurate border wait times to the traveling public at all California-Baja California Ports of Entry.

A complete list of projects can be found here. Special thanks to CALTRANS, SANDAG and Senator Hueso for their support in this effort. See Senator Hueso’s letter to the CTC.

New Zero-Emission Rapid Route Coming to South San Diego

As we reported last week, a new bus route will be in place in June of this year. In addition in the next couple of years, MTS will be working on setting up a new bus loop (Route 925) between Otay Mesa and Imperial Beach with electric buses.

Boosted by a $41 million grant awarded from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), MTS will purchase 11 zero-emission articulated buses to operate service on the newly proposed Rapid 925 route. Rapid 925 will be a 25.3 miles round trip between the Otay Mesa Transit Center and Imperial Beach, providing a direct connection to the UC San Diego Blue Line. Operation of Rapid 925 would be funded by MTS through another SB 1 grant program. Additional funds will be destined to improve the existing stops along the new Rapid 925 to the standard of stops in the existing MTS Rapid network. Improvements include lighted shelters with seating, electronic signage with real-time arrival information, as well as curb pop-outs to provide more room for waiting and boarding passengers at some locations.

TIRCP funding is provided through Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and from the proceeds of the Cap and Trade program which will help modernize the MTS system, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve safety.

Thank you MTS for investing in our region.


Exhibit at MEXPORT

  • Increase your sales.
  • Explore exporting opportunities with Baja from San Diego
  • The Baja California manufacturing industry has a $13 billion supplier’s market up for grabs.

Who Exhibits?

Sales executives and business owners who want to showcase their components or services to major manufacturers in Baja California, Mexico, San Diego and Southern California.

More information: www.mexport.org


Customs Valuation and Reconciliation Seminar & Live Webinar

Presented by: Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Come learn from CBP and our panel of trade professionals 
about one of the most important data elements for importing and exporting.

The 5 ways to value your imports
1. The top 5 additions to value
2. The top 5 deductions from the value
3. Computed Value and Cost Submissions for IMMEX Companies
4. Managing valuation with Reconciliation
5. Using ACE to manage and oversight value

Sponsored by:


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Angelina H. Leyte (Lina)
Branch Chief – Client Representatives
Trade Transformation Office
Office of Trade
Customs & Border Protection

Elizabeth Rodriguez
Supervisory Import Specialist – Team 042
Agriculture and Prepared Products Center
Validation and Compliance Branch
Customs and Border Protection
Otay Mesa Cargo Facility

Ryan Landers
Supervisory Import Specialist/Trade Enforcement Coordinator
Pharmaceuticals, Health, & Chemicals Center for Excellence & Expertise
Enforcement Team 091

Moderated by:
Steve Zisser, Esq.
ZISSER Customs Law Group

Plantronics & Kyocera at MEXPORT B2B Sessions

MEXPORT’s Inaugural B2B Sessions include major manufacturers and service providers such as Plantronics, Kyocera and Jensen Meat, in addition to a variety of industry representatives from the medical, aerospace, furniture and electronics industry.
Major services and components being sought out include labels, packaging, plastics, copper and steel wiring, trucking and specialized logistics services.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet with these companies. Get your booth now and participate in the B2B sessions at no extra cost.



TOYOTA using Port Process Services at National City Maritime Terminal

 Our member Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Baja California (TMMBC) has begun using specialized post-processing services from Pasha Automotive Services at the National City Marine Terminal.
Toyota Tacoma trucks arrive via auto hauler to National City Marine Terminal from TMMBC’s. Following processing and accessorization, the Toyota Tacoma trucks will then be transported from National City via Pasha Hawaii’s Jones Act roll-on/roll-off vessels to Toyota dealers in Hawaii, or via rail and auto hauler to dealer destinations across the Continental U.S. and Mexico.
See full press release.