NAFTA Conference Take Aways

Kudos to UCSD’s Center for US-Mexico Studies for putting together a wonderful conference on Monday. Here are some interesting facts shared at the conference:

Denise Ducheny has suggested that a rebranding of NAFTA might help : “North American Co-Production Agreement”

Russel Jones, Chairman of the Border Trade Alliance:

25% of the 20 million trade jobs in the US are related to Mexico
Half of the states in the US list Mexico as their number one trading partner- (Canada is second)
The other half lists Canada as their number one trading partner – (Mexico is second)

Here is a link from “Comercio Exterior” magazine with several interesting US-Mexico trade related articles.

“Every 100 new hires in Mexico from US companies, generates 300 new jobs in the US” – Lindsay Oldenski – (see her full report in the Comercio Exterior link)


Mexican Customs’ Modernization Plan

The Otay Mesa Port of Entry will be one of the first land ports of entry to be used as a pilot for the PITA program. This state of the art system will basically automate cargo customs clearance through a paperless and human-less process. As trucks pass through lanes of inspection, RFID technology connected to the risk management system will analyze the merchandise info and let the truck driver know if it needs to be sent to secondary inspection through a message displayed in a screen.

No booths or inspectors will be at the lanes of inspection and the system will be managed through a central computer system within Mexican Customs. Partial implementation will be in place in Tijuana, as early as June 2017.

What is PITA? – (Article in Spanish)

TijuaNotas Article – (In Spanish)

Nationwide Pilot for New Cargo Clearance/Inspections Program to begin in Tijuana

The Mexican agency, SAT, has announced that Tijuana will be the nationwide pilot for the PITA program, a cargo, vehicle and video surveillance program that will replace all other SAT systems including SIAVE. The new system is expected to dramatically speed up cargo processing times and will include non-manned booths that are geared up with RFID technology and paperless systems at the Mexican import facility at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. SIAVE is the system currently being used to “inspect” southbound vehicles. SAT is also launching DODA-QR, which will be mandatory in May of this year and will serve as temporary program, while PITA is transitioned in. DODA-QR is a one-paper system where multiple “pedimentos” can be included through a QR code. A detailed presentation will be available in the next few weeks.

Murphy Development Breaks Ground on Final Class A Industrial Building in Otay Mesa

Murphy Development is nearing completion of its 2.1-million square-foot Siempre Viva Business Park (SVBP) in Otay Mesa with the recent groundbreaking of the 79,050-square-foot Building 17, located at 8500 Kerns Street.  The development team includes architect Gene Cipparone, K&S Engineering and Lusardi Construction, the general contractor.

The $11.9-million Building 17, will feature 28-foot clear height, 2,000 amps of 277/480 volt power, manufacturing sewer and water capacity, ESFR sprinklers, concrete truck courts, wide column spacing and high dock door ratios designed for distribution users.

Click here to read full press release


Warehouse Storage of Hazardous Materials

The primary mission of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is to protect the community by preventing fires and other hazardous conditions through education and enforcement of life safety codes. This is accomplished by ensuring compliance with applicable regulations and ordinances.

The storage and use of flammable chemicals presents one of the highest hazards in warehouses. This is due to the risk of fire either by direct ignition or fueling a fire that originated from another source. Other hazardous materials, such as corrosive and toxic substances, also become extreme health hazards in a fire.

Please click here to read a full article from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department on Limits for Warehouse Storage of Hazardous Materials.

Potential Otay Mesa Maintenance Assessment District (MAD)

If you aren’t familiar with this funding mechanism, MADs are a stable funding source for organizations of property owners working to improve their district. There are currently over 60 MADs in the City of San Diego, in which owners within the district work together to make significant improvements, attract and retain tenants and businesses, develop the area and provide needed services above and beyond the levels the City currently provides.

Below, you will find a map of the proposed boundaries of the Otay Mesa MAD.

If you are a property owner within the proposed boundaries, please take a moment to complete this survey. –SURVEY LINK–  Your input is what will make the Otay Mesa MAD formation a possibility. If we determine that there is enough support to move forward to the MAD formation phase, your answers to these questions will help us develop an initial service plan and cost estimates for those services.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Executive Director, Alejandra Mier y Teran at (619) 661-6111 ext 7, or via email at [email protected] and take a look at our FAQ document.



ICON Aircraft Arrives in Tijuana

Last week, ICON Aircraft executives announced they are setting up a manufacturing facility in Tijuana, Baja California for the production of the complete composite airframe for the ICON A5 light sport aircraft. ICON expects the facility to be complete early 2017. ICON’s Tijuana facility will deliver composite structures to their California facility for final assembly and flight test.

To meet the demand, ICON is initiating serial production and has selected Tijuana as a site for composite production because of its established industrial infrastructure, skilled labor force, and proximity to ICON’s aircraft assembly facility in California.

With an investment of over $150 million dollars, and a workforce over 1,000 people, ICON is making a significant investment in Tijuana that will benefit the city and the country.

To read a full article (in Spanish), click here.