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!

Otay Mesa Transit Center Under Construction

Construction is underway on the Otay Mesa Transit Center, a new transportation facility that will be near the United States-Mexico Port of Entry. The Otay Mesa Transit Center will enhance connectivity for cross-border travelers by providing dedicated access to the future South Bay Rapid service and local bus routes operated by San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. This will improve traffic flow and the movement of goods and people at the border crossing and in the surrounding Otay Mesa community.

During construction, businesses near Nicola Tesla Court can expect intermittent noise, dust, and reduced on-street parking. Motorists can expect periodic lane closures along Siempre Viva Road between Otay Center Drive and Paseo De Las Americas, and along eastbound State Route 905 at the Siempre Viva Road on- and off-ramps. For the latest construction and project updates, please visit

The Otay Mesa Transit Center is being constructed as part of the South Bay Rapid project, a $128 million effort to provide travelers with a new, frequent, and reliable transit choice. The 26-mile Rapid route will run between the Otay Mesa Port of Entry and Downtown San Diego via a dedicated transit guideway along East Palomar Street and Eastlake Parkway in Chula Vista. When completed, South Bay Rapid will connect residents to employment and activity centers in Downtown San Diego and South County.


Public Comment Opportunity for NAFTA Negotiations

On May 18th, the Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to commence negotiations with Canada and Mexico with respect to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As stipulated by the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA), this notification triggers a 90-day period before negotiations with Canada and Mexico can begin (no earlier than August 16th, 2017).
As part of this process – and in an effort to hear from you – the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has published a Federal Register Notice (FRN) soliciting public comments on the Agreement – which will assist the Administration in identifying its negotiating priorities. We encourage you to share the link and submit comments.

The FRN comment period will be open through June 12th, 2017. To submit comments, or to request to participate in a public hearing on June 27th at the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, DC, PLEASE CLICK HERE.


Make your voice heard regarding this important trade policy update.

Trade Related Executive Orders Published by the White House

On April 29, the White House published two executive orders impacting trade policies:

A) The first one establishes a new “Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy.”

B) The second one mandates performance reviews of existing U.S. trade agreements by the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative (USTR), in consultation with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Attorney General, and the Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy.

“The findings of the performance reviews shall help guide United States trade policy and trade negotiations. The Secretary of Commerce, the USTR, and other heads of executive departments and agencies, as appropriate, shall take every appropriate and lawful action to address violations of trade law, abuses of trade law, or instances of unfair treatment. Each performance review shall be submitted to the President by the Secretary of Commerce and the USTR within 180 days of the date of this order.”

Click here to read the Executive Order

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On a related note, Trump trade officials apparently prefer a tri-lateral NAFTA deal 
Click here for related Reuters article

Changes to Northbound Pedestrian Crossing at San Ysidro this Monday (05/22)

Starting this Monday, May 22nd, pedestrian Northbound crossing at San Ysidro will temporarily move to the Milo building and will offer greater capacity (8 lanes). This will allow for repairs and remodeling at the Historic Customs House. The Southbound pedestrian crossing at San Ysidro will not have any changes.

Click here for the official notice in Spanish

Chapter 98 – Audio Webinar


There is a special provision under Chapter 98 for U.S. goods returned. Learn how and when it applies, how to ensure your goods qualify for the special 98 classifications & the documents you will need to support the claim.

CBP &   Industry Experts will share the qualification and documentation requirements for a number of different Chapter 98 Programs.

This session will focus on the most popular 9801 & 9802 programs.
We will also include a brief overview of other 98 programs,
9803, 9811 & 9813


Kathy Maggi,  Entry Branch Chief

Elizabeth Rodriguez, 
Supervisory Import Specialist

Ryan Landers, Supervisory Import Specialist


Steve Zisser,  Esq., Zisser Customs Law Group


PRICE:  Complimentary

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

Rack Permits, Hazardous Materials & High Piled Issues Forum – Audio Webinar

Community outreach to businesses operating in the Otay Mesa area to explain permits required and associated with high piled storage and hazardous material.


  • Racking Firms
  • Fire Protection Consultants
  • SDFD Fire Inspectors
  • SD Building Department Plan Checkers
  • County Hazmat


Elley Klausbruckner,  Principal, Klausbruckner & Associates ||

Darcy Burshnell,  Supervising Deputy Fire Marshal, City of San Diego

PRICE: Complimentary

Once you check out, a presentation will be emailed



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