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.



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


OMCC Members: $65
Non-Members: $ 100.00

Once you check out, a presentation will be emailed


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.


Hellmann Worldwide Logistics – Air and Sea Freight Supervisor


The Multi Product Supervisor will oversee both the Air and Sea product team or a portion of the product teams for his/her assigned territory under the direct supervision of the Product Manager or District Manager, and be responsible for that territories product compliance, levels of working capital, quality outcomes to internal and external stakeholders, volume and revenue growth, yield, and operating efficiency.


OMG Freight Forwarders – Administrative Assistant

OMG FREIGHT FORWARDERS LLC has the following open position:



  • Minimum experience of 3 years.
  • Bilingual fluent both ENGLISH-SPANISH
  • Over 25 years of age preferred.
  • Availability to work full time.
  • Experience in Accounts Payable
  • Excellent Customer Service skills.
  • Basic Computer notions.
  • Basic accounting notions.

They are looking for a responsible, highly energetic team player.

If you are interested and meet their requirements, please send a CV to this email:

[email protected]

The 5 Realign Project / San Ysidro Port of Entry Expansion


GSA has published a website – click here – that includes live updates on the I-5 realignment. Due to these closures, expect major delays crossing to Tijuana through Otay Mesa from September to Thanksgiving.

If you are interested in the presentation from GSA on this topic, download our webinar recorded on July 25 – click here


The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere; currently processing an average of 50,000 northbound vehicles and 25,000 northbound pedestrians per day.

After a united front of support and advocacy from several economic development and government organizations, funding was secured for a major expansion of the port. The scope includes the demolition and construction of the port, including primary and secondary inspection areas, administration and pedestrian buildings, and all other support structures. The project will expand pedestrian processing facilities including a new pedestrian crossing on the east side of the port that will connect with a new multimodal transportation hub in Mexico and expanded northbound inspection facilities. Additionally, there will be a new north and southbound crossing at El Chaparral/Virginia Avenue with an associated transit center.

Once completed, the new port will boast 62 northbound vehicle primary inspection booths, one dedicated bus lane and inspection booth spread over 34 lanes, as well as improved processing facilities for bus and Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) travelers.


GSA Construction Update: San Ysidro & Otay Mesa Ports of Entry – Audio Webinar

Proposed Expansion- 
Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry: Cargo & Pedestrian Facilities


Construction Update on Phase 3 
of San Ysidro Port of Entry Expansion Project: Major Impacts Expected on Southbound I-5 this Summer



Presented by:

Anthony L. Kleppe, 
General Services Administration





OMCC Members: Complimentary

Non-Members: $ 25.00


Once you check out, a presentation will be emailed



Thank you, Councilmember David Alvarez for supporting our webinar program!