International Trade

International Trade in San Gabriel Valley

Located at the very heart of Southern California - the focal point of the country's international trade activity - the San Gabriel Valley is at the heart of the region's dynamic transportation infrastructure givings its international traders access to the world through an integrated network of ocean, rail and highway connections to points across the globe.

The nearby ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the nation's two busiest container ports and connect with the Valley via the Alameda Corridor, which expedites the flow of containerized cargo moving between both ports and local intermodal rail yards operated by the Union Pacific Railroad and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Regularly scheduled air cargo service is close at hand through the modern, automated facilities at Los Angeles International Airport, LA/Ontario International Airport, the Southern California Logistics Airport, and the March GlobalPort, while seven major interstate and state freeways link the Valley with distribution points throughout the continent.

U.S. Dept. of Commerce

The Los Angeles office of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service brings together resources from across the U.S. government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace.

Offering help with market research and trade leads to export finance consulting and agricultural export assistance, the USDOC helps American exporters navigate the international sales process and avoid pitfalls such as non-payment and intellectual property misappropriation.

The USDOC’s International Trade Administration manages the Los Angeles office in collaboration with the 19 other U.S. government agencies that provide interested U.S.-based companies with export assistance programs and services.

More information is available by visiting or by calling 213-894-4022.

Center for International Trade Development

The Center for International Trade Development at Citrus College was established in 1990 and provides one-on-one international trade counseling either on-site or at the Center’s office at Citrus College to businesses located in the San Gabriel Valley .

Business workshops on a variety of international business topics such as exporting, importing, documentation, and trade finance are offered by the CITD at sites in several locations around the region.

The California-Mexico Trade Assistance Center (CMTAC) complements the services of the CITD by focusing on promoting two-way trade between the region and Mexico, one of its primary business partners. Through the CMTAC program, businesses can gain valuable knowledge and support for entering Mexico's growing market.

Visit the Center for International Trade Development website at or call 626-335-4016 for more information.