The most valuable resource and asset for any local agricultural organizations seeking to export is the CITD. The CITD can provide exporters with training in hands-on assistance relating to international trade. The centers are a tremendously valuable starting point for future exporters, for they offer insightful assistance with marketing plans as well as documentation for international trade.
CITDs specialize in providing a one-stop service for marketing information, resources, training and education. Today, the CITD has undertaken the role of the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s new agricultural export office.
- First, their experiences in international trade facilitate in-coming agricultural buying missions. The CITD has hosted supermarket buyers from Singapore, dried fruits and nuts buyers from Thailand and Indonesia, and ingredients buyers from Taiwan and the Philippines.
- Second, the CITD facilitates international agricultural promotions such as trade shows, advertising, and trade/consumer promotions. The CITD has contributed to the Food Market Institute (FMI) in Chicago, ALIMENTARIA in Mexico, and a seafood buying delegation in Thailand.
- Lastly, local CITD offices offer export training and consultations to California food and agricultural companies. CITD offers export readiness training semi-annually for both beginning and established exporters.