Outbound Missions

Each year, dozens of companies participate in CITD organized trade missions to a variety of international destinations.  Accompanied by CITD staff and local partners, companies are escorted to these global locations to learn first-hand about the business environment and culture.  Additionally, meetings are arranged between participants and pre-qualified potential foreign buyers to discuss business opportunities, as well as get feedback on current product lines.  Outbound trade missions also may be organized around a specific trade show, offering participants the opportunity to attend the trade show or become an exhibitor.

Upcoming Outbound Missions:

California STEP 2017 Outbound Trade Mission to Mexico

August 27-30, 2017 - This will be an excellent opportunity for companies to participate in the growing Mexico market, and meet one-on-one with qualified retail buyers, importers and distributors.

Event Description The California State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program and the California Center for International Trade Development at State Center Community College District, announce participation and registration for the Consumer Oriented Outbound Trade Mission to Mexico.  This is an excellent opportunity for companies to begin or expand exports into the Mexico marketplace. As one of Mexico’s top trading partners, the United States continues to see solid export growth in the market’s consumer-oriented product segment. Benefits from participating in the activity: 1) Meet one-on-one with buyers, importers, and distributors in the retail industry; and 2) market briefings with U.S. Officials.
Dates and Location Consumer Oriented Outbound Trade Mission to Mexico City, Mexico - August 27-29, 2017.​ 
- Sunday, Aug 27th - Arrive in Mexico City
- Monday, Aug 28th - Mexico City, ATO Briefing, Tabletops, Company Meetings
​- Tuesday, Aug 29th - Mexico City, Company Meetings
​- Wednesday, Aug 30th - Depart/Return Home
California STEP Will Provide
  • Custom one-on-one meetings with pre-qualified buyers 
  • Market briefings by U.S. Officials
  • Hotel accommodations for one company representative 
  • Ground transportation for official meetings and events 
Participants Provide
  • International airfare 
  • Meals and incidental expenses
  • Passport and Visa Fees
  • Shipping Samples
Products of Interest Products must be at least 50% U.S. agricultural origin by weight, excluding added water and packaging. 
  • Suitable products include, but are not limited to: Consumer ready products, beverages, snacks, dairy, produce, condiments, dried fruit and nuts, packaged foods, food service items, retail and other value-added products.
Participation Fee $250.00
Registration Deadline Registration ends at 11:59 pm PST on August 18, 2017.  For more information on this mission, please contact Alicia Rios at (559) 324-6401 or via email alicia.rios@scccd.edu

California STEP 2017 Outbound Trade Mission to China

September 16-19, 2017 - This will be an excellent opportunity for companies to participate in the growing China market, and meet one-on-one with qualified retail buyers, importers and distributors.

Event Description The California State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program and the California Center for International Trade Development at State Center Community College District, announce participation and registration for the Consumer Oriented Outbound Trade Mission to China. This is an excellent opportunity for companies to begin or expand exports into the China marketplace. China is the United States' largest export market for food and agricultural products. With more than 770 million urban residents, opportunities continue to grow for exporters of consumer-oriented food products. Benefits from participating in the activity: 1) Meet one-on-one with buyers, importers, and distributors in the retail industry; and 2) market briefings with U.S. Officials.
Dates and Location  Consumer Oriented Outbound Trade Mission to Shanghai, China - September 16-19, 2017.​ 
California STEP Will Provide

- Custom one-on-one meetings with pre-qualified buyers 
- Market briefings by U.S. Officials
- Hotel accommodations for one company representative 
- Ground transportation for official meetings and events 

Participants Provide

- International airfare 
- Meals and incidental expenses
- Passport and Visa Fees
- Shipping Samples

Products of Interest Products must be at least 50% U.S. agricultural origin by weight, excluding added water and packaging. 
  • Suitable products include, but are not limited to: Consumer ready products, beverages, snacks, dairy, produce, condiments, dried fruit and nuts, packaged foods, food service items, retail and other value-added products.
 Participation Fee $250.00
 Registration Deadline Registration ends at 11:59 pm PST on August 28, 2017.  For more information on this mission, please contact Alicia Rios at (559) 324-6401 or via email alicia.rios@scccd.edu

California STEP 2017 Outbound Trade Mission to Singapore

September 20-22, 2017 - This will be an excellent opportunity for companies to participate in the growing Singapore market, and meet one-on-one with qualified retail buyers, importers and distributors.

Event Description The California State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program and the California Center for International Trade Development at State Center Community College District, announce participation and registration for the Consumer Oriented Outbound Trade Mission to Singapore. This is an excellent opportunity for companies to begin or expand exports into the Singapore marketplace. Benefits from participating in the activity: 1) Meet one-on-one with buyers, importers, and distributors in the retail industry; and 2) market briefings with U.S. Officials.
Dates and Location  Consumer Oriented Outbound Trade Mission to Shanghai, China - September 20-22, 2017.​ 
California STEP Will Provide
  • Custom one-on-one meetings with pre-qualified buyers 
  • Market briefings by U.S. Officials
  • Hotel accommodations for one company representative 
  • Ground transportation for official meetings and events  
 Participants Provide
  • International airfare 
  • Meals and incidental expenses
  • Passport and Visa Fees
  • Shipping Samples
Products of Interest Products must be at least 50% U.S. agricultural origin by weight, excluding added water and packaging. 
  • Suitable products include, but are not limited to: Consumer ready products, beverages, snacks, dairy, produce, condiments, dried fruit and nuts, packaged foods, food service items, retail and other value-added products.
Participation Fee $250.00
Registration Deadline Registration ends at 11:59 pm PST on August 28, 2017.  For more information on this mission, please contact Alicia Rios at (559) 324-6401 or via email alicia.rios@scccd.edu