Category: International

The U.S. Commercial Service, through the U.S. Department of Commerce, will host a virtual forum and a series of industry-focused activities starting July 28 to help empower women from small and medium-sized businesses across a variety of sectors. Participants will develop skills and have access to the tools, networks, and resources to build an export […]

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The Chamber, in partnership with the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., and PCM Corporativo, will host an International Business Affairs Forum on Wednesday, July 29 at 10 a.m. focused on trade and exporting tools and how to navigate the cross-border business landscape. Our Cali-Baja region boasts tremendous assets from incubators to manufacturing, marketing, sales, and […]

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The temporary restrictions on non-essential travel across shared ports of entry between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico have been extended an additional 30 days to August 20. To prevent long wait times for our cross-border community, the Chamber continues to urge U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to restore operating lanes and staffing at our […]

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Humberto Marengo Mogollon has been appointed as Commissioner of CILA, the Mexican section of the International Boundary and Water Commission). CILA has recently installed new pumps in Tijuana to address transboundary pollution impacting the Tijuana River Valley. Mexico’s Water Commission, CONAGUA, also allocated $83.9 million pesos (about $3.6 million USD) to aid operation of the […]

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An executive order issued this week suspended numerous work visas and expands existing restrictions until the end of 2020. Impacted visas include the H-1B program for skilled workers; L-1 visas for executives; J-1 visas for scholars and professors; and H-2B visas used by seasonal workers, such as in the construction and hospitality industries. This action […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against the presidential administration’s move to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program, which began in 2012, provides temporary protection from deportation to qualified individuals who arrived in the U.S. as children and allows them to work and attend school. The Chamber has long supported […]

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The Chamber co-hosted a webinar focused on the tourism industry to continue promoting binational coordination as businesses begin to open. Entities from both sides of the border talked about the economic impact of COVID-19 and shared best practices as they begin to resume operations. Travel restrictions continue to be one of the main challenges for […]

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The temporary restrictions on non-essential travel across shared ports of entry between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico have been extended for an additional 30 days to July 21. As businesses have begun to reopen, the Chamber has urged U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to restore operating lanes and staffing at our ports of entry. […]

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. General Services Administration announced the start of the Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry Expansion Project. The $137.2 million modernization and expansion project includes the expansion of northbound commercial truck inspection areas—increasing the pedestrian inspection facility from six to twelve lanes—and the construction of visitor parking and […]

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The Supreme Court in Mexico has ruled that Baja Governor Jaime Bonilla’s extended term of five years is unconstitutional. In 2019, Governor Bonilla introduced a state law allowing him to lengthen his two year term in office, a term previously shortened as an effort by Mexican authorities to synchronize electoral calendars nationwide. As a result, […]

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