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International Trade

Partnering with Mexico

San Diego and Tijuana share cultural, economic and physical ties. The two cities work together on many economic development projects and issues for the benefit of the entire binational region.

Binational Planning and Coordination Committee

Officials representing the cities of San Diego and Tijuana have entered into an unprecedented partnership to facilitate the development of new relationships and the exchange of important program information on an array of vital civic issues impacting citizens of both cities. The committee's Economic Development Subcommittee is working on several binational projects to improve business opportunities for both San Diego and Tijuana.

Maquiladoras/Twin Plants

Maquiladoras/Twin Plants allow companies to capitalize on cheaper labor in Mexico and also receive the benefits of doing business in the United States.

North America Free Trade Agreement

The North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law by the countries of the United States, Mexico and Canada in 1993, creating a free trade zone for most of the continent. San Diego's location on the U.S.-Mexico border makes it a prime area for trade and for taking advantage of the international trade agreement. For more information, contact the U.S. International Trade Administration, San Diego office, at (619) 557-5395.

Port of Entry Council for Tijuana-San Diego-Tecate

The Port of Entry Council for Tijuana-San Diego-Tecate is comprised of local, state, and federal officials from both sides of the border that work together to improve the three ports of entry connecting San Diego County with Mexico. The council advises the San Diego-Tijuana/Tecate Border Liaison Mechanism that was established by the consuls general of the United States and Mexico. More information about the council can be found on the web site of the San Diego Association of Governments, of which the City of San Diego is a member.