History

The California Centers for International Trade Development (CITD) was established in 1989 to enhance the global competitiveness of California companies and to support international trade development in local communities. Currently, there are five CITD offices throughout California; two in southern California and three in northern California.

It is one of nine initiatives of the California Community College Economic & Workforce Development Program, which generates a twelvefold return on the State’s investment, delivering the most comprehensive, direct business assistance services throughout the State.

The CITDs have over thirty Service Delivery Points throughout California and Partnership Agreements with almost 200 organizations throughout the state, 98% of which are public entities.

Northern California CITD has helped over 5,000 businesses in northern California reduce trading risks, find new clients, and increase profits.

Each year, many companies participate in CITD organized trade missions to a variety of international destinations, often with the assistance of Federal partners that include the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), with their many overseas offices.

Northern California CITD has helped over 5,000 businesses in Northern California reduce trading risks, find new clients, and increase profits.

We have received the Presidential “E” Awards for Outstanding Export Services in 2010 and 2013. For more information please visit our News Updates.

We also have trained more than 120 students in the past twelve years and increased their international trade knowledge and experience through our six-month International Internship Program.