Centers for International Trade Development

President’s “E” Award


CITD receives the E Award for excellence. Pictured (L to R) are Ken Hyatt, Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade (Acting), Dr. Deborah Malumed, California Community Colleges Board of Governors, Jeffrey Williamson, Statewide Director, Centers for International Trade Development, Dr. Rebecca Blank, Secretary of Commerce (Acting).

CITD Mission

We invest in California's economic growth and global competitiveness through industry-specific education, training and services that contribute to a highly skilled and productive workforce.

About CITD

Established in 1989, the California Centers for International Trade Development (CITD) are funded by the Chancellor’s Office of the State of California to promote the state’s international trade and competitiveness, assist exporters and importers, and advance economic and job growth. The CITDs assist California business to expand internationally as well as help colleges become more globalized. 

The California CITDs have offices across the state and provide a full range of trade assistance services to companies and individuals in the state of California. All services are either free or low cost. Whether you are new or experienced in export or import, small or large, CITD has experts and resources ready to help you. Our free or low-cost programs and services include one-on-one technical assistance and consulting, market research, training and educational programs, trade leads and special events. The CITD is a place to learn about international matchmaking events and other programs taking place both in California and abroad.

CITD Programs

  • Automated Export System (AES) & PcLink Compliance Training
  • Beauty Industry Market Access (BIMA)
  • California Agricultural Export Training (CalAgX)
  • California State Trade and Export Promotion (California STEP)
  • Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Exam Preparation
  • Export Readiness Assessment (ERA)
  • Global Logistics Program
  • Student Internship Program
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Program