Toyota Announces Expansion Plans in Tijuana

Our Member Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Baja California is expanding its operations in Tijuana, investing roughly US$150 million, and creating an estimated 400 new jobs in January 2018.

TOYOTA expects to increase its annual production by 60%, which currently stands at 160,000 Tacoma pick-ups per year. Currently, 90% of the Tijuana production is allotted to the North American market, while 10% stays in the national market.

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Brentwood Industries Expansion in Tijuana

Brentwood Industries Partners with Co-Production International for Expansion of Medical Thermoforming and Plastic Injection Molding Manufacturing in Tijuana

Brentwood Industries, Inc. is expanding operations to Tijuana, Mexico with a new manufacturing clean room facility opening early 2018. The new facility just south of San Diego, California, represents Brentwood’s first strategic international manufacturing expansion site in Latin America. Brentwood has leased a 35,000-square foot clean room facility in the modern Thomas Alva Edison Industrial Park and is expected to invest $3.5 million dollars in the build out.

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Commuter Card Program

Because of our proximity to the border, a great deal of employees are residing in Tijuana and coming to work every day to Otay Mesa. Many of these employees have a legal permanent resident card (known as green card). This permit allows you to work in the US but also requires you to reside in the US. People in this situation are not in compliance with US law and can face repercussions, such as inadmissibility into the US.

Fortunately, there is a commuter card program that allows people to work in the US and reside in Mexico. This program will allow your employees to abide by the law and be eligible for trusted traveler program, such as SENTRI and Global Entry. This can be a huge productivity boost for your companies because employees would see a dramatic reduction in wait times when crossing the border in addition to more predictable wait times, therefore decreasing tardiness to work, not to mention a significant increase in quality of life for workers.

Check out these presentations by the Smart Border Coalition that outline the key benefits and potential disadvantages of the Commuter Card Program. If you are interested in a detailed presentation about this program to your employees, please email our Executive Director, Alejandra Mier y Teran.

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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.

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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.

 

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 KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/SouthBayRapid.

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.