Logistics Industry

modes of cargo transportationSan Diego’s ports handle approximately 2.8 million metric tons of cargo every year.

More than $32.8 billion of imports and exports were crossed the border in Otay Mesa last year.

The San Ysidro port of entry the world’s busiest land border crossing.

Professionals are needed to handle the goods involved in those statistics. There are many ways to work in the logistics and transportation field. And Southwestern College’s International Logistics and Transportation Certificate/A.S. Degree program is a great way to get trained for those jobs.

SWC’s unique geographical position makes it suited to produce the relevant courses for students. Local businesses and stakeholders have provided their input on classes, so graduates are exactly the type of employees they want to hire.

Why Is the International Logistics and Transportation Program Important to the Region?

  • California has four major international border crossings supporting the movement of both persons and goods: San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, and Calexico. Of these, San Ysidro handles the lightest volume, while Otay Mesa and Calexico accommodate the largest volume. Otay Mesa is the largest border crossing in California, ranking sixth in the nation.
  • In 2010, California gateways with Mexico moved $46.9 billion in merchandise.
  • If California were a country it is estimated that it would be the 12th largest importer in the world, having $327 billion in products being imported to the state in 2010. California’s top five imports in 2010 were:
    • Computer & Electronic Products ($107 billion)
    • Transportation Equipment ($49 billion)
    • Oil & Gas ($21 billion)
    • Miscellaneous Manufactured Commodities ($19 billion)
    • Apparel & Accessories ($17 billion)
  • A total of 59,998 companies exported goods from California in 2008. 96% of those companies (57,461) were small and medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees.
  • Exports supported 22.9% of all California manufacturing jobs in 2009.
  • Small and medium-sized companies generated 44% of California’s total exports of merchandise in 2008, the seventh highest percentage among the states.
  • Small and medium-sized companies represent 32.8% of the export value of U.S. goods exports.