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Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, 37 new states were added to the original 13 as the nation expanded across the North American continent and acquired a number of overseas possessions. The two most traumatic experiences in the nation's history were the Civil War (1861-65) and the Great Depression of the 1930s. Buoyed by victories in World Wars I and II and the end of the Cold War in 1991, the US remains the world's most powerful nation-state. The economy is marked by steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology.


Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Jan 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Feb - Ash Wednesday
Feb 12 - Lincoln's Birthday
Feb 14 - Valentines Day
Feb 19 - Washington's Birthday or Washington / Lincoln Day
Mar 17 - St. Patrick's Day
Mar / Apr - Palm Sunday
Mar / Apr - Good Friday
Mar / Apr - Easter
May - Memorial Day
May - Mother's Day
Jun - Father's Day
Jun 14 - Flag Day
Jul 4 - Independence Day
Sep - Labor Day, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur
Oct - Columbus Day
Oct 31 - Halloween
Nov - Election Day
Nov 11 - Veteran's Day
Nov 25 - Thanksgiving Day
Dec 8-9 - Hanukkah
Dec 25 - Christmas

Phone Codes

Country Code: 1
Outgoing International Code: 011


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County of San Diego

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

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Ports of Call

Port of Los Angeles

Port of Long Beach
The Port of Long Beach is a major economic engine for the region, a major gateway to the world for Southern Californians 17 million residents and for manufacturers and consumers across the continental United States.

Port of San Francisco

Port of San Diego

International Employment Opportunities

Monster - United States
Employment in the United States.

Hot Jobs - America
US Job Listings

Tariff Schedules

Schedule B/Export Codes
Schedule B commodity codes are 10-digit numeric codes used to identify products that are exported to other countries.

U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule, from the International Trade Commission
The HTSA provides the applicable tariff rates and statistical categories for all merchandise imported into the United States; it is based on the international Harmonized System.

Shipping Forms

NAFTA Certificate of Origin Interactive Tool
Now Available on the Internet: NAFTA Certificate of Origin. Exporters can complete the form online.

Commercial Invoice
A commercial invoice is a bill for the goods from the seller to the buyer. These invoices are often used by governments to determine the true value of goods when assessing custom duties.

Shipper's Letter of Instructions
The Shipper's Letter of Instructions is a letter from the shipper instructing the freight forwarder how and where to send the export shipment.

Packing List
A packing list itemizes the material in each individual package and idicates the type of package, such as a box, crate, drum, or carton. The list is used by the shipper or forwarding agent to determine the total shipment weight and volume and whether the correct cargo is being shipped.

NAFTA Certificate of Origin
The NAFTA Certificate of Origin validates that a good originated in a NAFTA country and is eligible for the preferential duty rate.

Shipper's Export Declaration
A Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) is used to control exports and act as a source documents for official U.S. export statistics.

General Certificate of Origin
A document, required by foreign governments, declaring that goods in a particular international shipment are of a certain origin.

ATA Carnet
A Carnet is a document that facilitates the temporary importation of products into foreign countries by eliminating tariffs and value-added taxes (VAT) or the posting of a security deposit normally required at the time of importation. Visit this website to learn about qualifications.

Security and International Trade
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Trade Education

Grossmont College: Customs Broker License Exam Preparation
Prepare for the Customs Broker License Exam in six Saturday classes at Grossmont College. The classes, led by an experienced customs broker, offers realistic practice exams and test-taking techniques. Obtain a Certificate in Import & Export Management by completing this series of courses. The program is designed for individuals to obtain a broad comprehensive foundation of the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a variety of industry sectors and functions in international trade. The participant will receive a Certificate upon the successful completion of the entire series.

Cal State Long Beach: Global Logistics Specialist Program

Global logistics professionals are in high demand in today's economy. Companies are focusing on global logistics as a crucial part of their business, looking for professionals who understand the process. These skills can not be learned on the job. Organizations with knowledgeable professionals in global logistics have a competitive advantage over their competition.

World Trade Center San Diego (WTCSD) is joining forces with the Center for International Trade and Transport (CITT) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) to advance an educational Online Global Logistics Specialist (GLS) professional designation program.

The online program is designed for logistics professionals as well as importers, exporters, and shippers, fright forwarders, logistic executives, custom brokers, traffic managers, strategic planners in the transportation industry, warehouse and distribution professionals, customer service managers and merchant officers. It will enhance the knowledge and marketability of international professionals and their organizations and help them to remain competitive and globally integrated. Modules are designed to provide an understanding of supply chain operations; shipping freight both domestically and internationally; building a logistics plan and supply chain interconnections. Additionally, the modules will provide foresight into the trends and future of international logistics. They can be taken in any order, as needed by the professional and all of the modules are taught by industry leaders in their fields of expertise.

This online designation program consists of five modules and a Capstone Project. The eight month program begins January 11, 2006 with each module varying in price.

For more information, please check out their online information at GLS Online

CSU San Marcos, Certificate in Global Commerce
In response to this growth in the international arena, the California State University San Marcos Extended Studies is offering a certificate program in international business. This program provides an invaluable opportunity for both large and small companies to upgrade their employees' knowledge and skills in convenient format and with an affordable investment.

University of San Diego, Global Strategy and Management Certificate Program
The Ahlers Center for International Business at the University of San Diego, in collaboration with the San Diego World Trade Center, invite you to participate in the Certificate Program in Global Strategy and Management (GSM). If you or an associate are a business owner, manager, analyst, consultant, or are involved in any aspect of global commerce, this Certificate Program is designed for you, the working professional. The GSM program will provide you with state of the art information and application techniques, which will enable you to excel in the international arena. Class size is kept intimate to encourage participant discussion of current issues affecting global business practices. A certificate of completion is presented to the GSM participant after finishing each seminar. Moreover, a Certificate in Global Strategy and Management is awarded upon completion of the full program. The program includes four core seminars: Global Marketing, International Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, and Global Business Strategy; plus two elective seminars of choice. This innovative program facilitates the completion of each seminar in just three weeks. In addition, the GSM Certificate Program can be accomplished in roughly seven months. Core and elective seminars may be taken in any order enabling you, the participant, to comfortably integrate this learning opportunity with other aspects of your busy life. Contact for more details.

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