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2018 Hurricane Preparedness

Posted on May 31st, 2018 at 3:45 pm

June 1 may mark the official start of Hurricane Season, but anyone near Subtropical Storm Alberto's path through the Gulf of Mexico last week can tell you the storms don't wait for calendar reminders.

WTDC has updated its Hurricane Preparedness Guide for 2018. We recommend all customers keep a copy for future reference and those in hurricane prone areas review and create their own preparedness plans.

Miami-Dade County has now added an App (ReadyMDC on App Store) to its list of Hurricane Preparedness tools, as seen above. This is a useful tool to track storms and public resources available to Miami-Dade County residents in the event of an emergency.

While WTDC's infrastructure was not damaged by the record 2017 hurricane season, many of our staff and their families were affected. We will work with our employees and neighbors to supply Hurricane Readiness resources as we prepare for the 2018 Hurricane Season.

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WTDC News: FEC visit, MIA cargo up Q1. WTDC Health & Wellness

Posted on April 30th, 2018 at 4:31 pm

WTDC Newsletter - April 30, 2018 New FEC President & CEO visits WTDC Foreign Trade Zone Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO (pictured center-left), was honored to welcome Florida East Coast (FEC) Railwayâ??s new President and CEO, Nathan Asplund (pictured center right), to our Foreign Trade Zone on April 25. Mr. Asplund shared with us the new direction of FEC following its acquisition by Grupo México in July 2017. The company continues to build its volume for the rail spur into PortMiami, has multimodal partnership agreements throughout Florida and the East Coast, and maintains an extensive railway network in Mexico and Texas. Joining the meeting were FEC Executives David Banfield, Assistant Vice President - International Sales (pictured left), and Alberto Cabrera, Assistant Vice President - International Sales (pictured right). Sean P. Gazitua participates in first FIU Alumni Board of Directors meeting On April 25, WTDC President & CEO Sean P. Gazitua (pictured right of center) began his 10 year term on the Alumni Board of Directors for Florida International University. They voted on new business and discussed the upcoming fishing tournament. The meeting was a changing of the guard for two of his good friends. It was the last one overseen by outgoing FIU Alumni Board President Eddie Hondal, Senior Diabetes Specialty Professional, Eli Lilly Company, (pictured left of center) who was replaced by FIU Alumni Board President-Elect Michael Hernandez, Senior Vice President, Mercury Public Affairs (pictured left). Eddie, Michael, and Sean were all members of the same college fraternity at FIU, Sigma Phi Epsilon, as were the other Board members pictured above: Alberto Padron, CEO, Stinghouse, (pictured 2nd from left), Juan Carlos Alexander, President, LAS Worldwide, and Benjamin Sardinas, Managing Director, Healthcare MA. ProChile hosts delegation for eMerge Americas Congratulations to our friends at ProChile Miami who ended their week assisting 9 Chilean tech companies at eMerge Americas with a networking event sponsored by Sur Valles North America (Puerto Viejo and Toro de Piedra Wines). Pictured above, Left: Cristobal Toral, Managing Director Sur Valles North America, Center: Sacha Garafulic, Trade Commissioner, Trade Commission of Chile, ProChile Miami, Right: Sean Powers, Sales and Marketing Manager, WTDC. Second photo features Jaime Silva, Trade Manager, Pro Chile Miami. ProChile Luis Andre Gazitua headlines panel for Business Forum Group Miami based procurement lawyer and lobbyist Luis Andre Gazitua, Gazitua Letelier P.A., headlined the Young Pros Business multiplier hosted by The Business Group at Doral on April 26, 2018. The event took place at the studio of 880 AM The Biz and the discussion focused on entrepreneurs. Pictured above, Left: Luis Andre Gazitua, Gazitua Letelier, P.A., and Right: Pete De La Torre, The Business Forum Group at Doral. Sound Mind - Sound Body, WTDC embraces healthy workplace initiatives WTDC has implemented a Health and Wellness program over the past year. What began as a concept of creating a healthier work environment for WTDC has evolved into daily participation in healthy diet and exercise by WTDC employees and Tenants. WTDC continues its program as a drug free company and is now also a smoke free facility, with smoking cessation programs encouraged for its employees. Miami International Airport traffic numbers climb in 2018 Q1 "Miami International Airport got off to a strong start in 2018 with a 3.79-percent increase in passenger traffic and four-percent growth in freight tonnage through March, compared to the same period last year." - Miami International Airport press release, April 26, 2018 Click below to read the full press release from MIA MIA passenger, cargo traffic has fast start in 2018

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TMI Article: WTDC evolves to serve Duty Free & Travel Retail from its FTZ

Posted on April 2nd, 2018 at 12:48 pm

WTDC evolves to better serve Free Trade Zone inventory management Lois Pasternak March 16, 2018 WTDC, a Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company specializing in inventory management for the duty free and travel retail industry, now oversees FTZ inventory management for some of the largest portfolios in the Spirits industry. When WTDC president and CEO Sean P. Gazitua first visited the IAADFS Duty Free show in 2013, he was focused on meeting with his existing customers to review their Operations. "It seemed that everywhere we went, our current customers were introducing us to other suppliers," Gazitua said. "Almost all of them were having the same logistics obstacles that we were resolving on a day to day basis." The company began restructuring to better suit its spirits customers and their client base. WTDC developed spirits-specific standard procedures while considering distinct requirements for each customer. Technology and personnel would become the focus of WTDC's culture shift. Understanding the buying cycles of the duty free market and their need to consolidate orders was also critical. WTDC became a duty free marketplace of sorts, a location where buyers could purchase from multiple suppliers and consolidate under one roof. From COLA waivers and spirits samples to navigating intricate customs regulations for each country, it has been the challenges of its customers that have now become opportunities for the company. WTDC has evolved to provide complete global logistics solutions, elevating itself from a bonded warehouse to include Foreign Trade Zone, Air and Ocean Transportation, and Customs Brokerage services. A temperature control area was also built within the warehouse so customers could warehouse their liqueurs, cognacs, and champagnes alongside their other spirits inventory. Gazitua maintains a longstanding relationship with the developers of their warehouse management system. With his assistance, they built out new platforms and inventory control tools to manage spirits in a Foreign Trade Zone environment. Numerous EDI integrations added to his growing knowledge of systems and the importance of automated processes to facilitate orders and documentation. WTDC also invested in new servers, closed Wi-Fi networks, RFID scan guns, cloud server backups, and firewall technology. As WTDC maintains a robust Internship program with local universities, there were willing and able educated personnel ready to tackle new challenges. Among the processes introduced for the spirits market were KPIs and cargo verification, many of which were completed by the student Interns. Many of these interns that began with the company learning the ins and outs of cargo verification have now become valuable assets as part-time and later full-time employees. The company recently expanded its customer service department and continues to make efforts to streamline all logistics processes for its customers. "Last March we kicked off our 40th year in business and we've significantly grown our spirits customer base this year," WTDC president and CEO Sean P. Gazitua said. "We are excited about what the future holds for our company."

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Miami Dade College Night

Posted on January 29th, 2018 at 11:43 am

On January 25, students from the Miami Dade College (MDC) PortMiami Propeller Club hosted Miami Dade College Night. The evening was an opportunity for MDC Supply Chain Management students to network with logistics executives and featured a knowledgeable panel of elite Miami professionals eager to provide information on Miamiâ??s growing logistics prowess and how students may become involved in the industry. The evening kicked off with comments from MDC Dean of Global Business, Trade & Transportation, Dr. Rana F. Shehadeh. Following Dr. Shehadeh came a presentation from WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua who serves as Chair of the Supply Chain Management Advisory Committee (SCMAC) for MDC. Mr. Gazitua highlighted each of the SCMAC committees that brought new initiatives in classroom content, technology, Internships, and access to corporate executives in the form of mentors and guest speakers. The Committee provides access to logistics professionals for the students, a point mentioned by a number of panel members who said they wish they could have had such mentorship opportunities while they were studying. Mr. Gazitua also highlighted the career trajectory of Executive VP of the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders (FCBF) Barbara Pimentel. 38 years ago, Ms. Pimentel started as a receptionist for Mr. Gazituaâ??s company Florida International Forwarders (FIF) and worked her way up to become the areaâ??s only female Warehouse Manager and later to her leadership role with FCBF, the 2nd largest organization for Customs Brokers and Forwarders in the country. Ms. Pimentel spoke to those glass ceilings she helped to break and had encouraging words for all the young female logistics professionals. In addition to Ms. Pimentel, the panel of speakers included Dr. John Wensvee, MDC Vice Provost of Academic Schools, Richard DeVillers , Sr. Executive Assistant to the Director of PortMiami, Greg Chin, Communications Director of the Miami Dade Aviation Department, and Charly Berio, US Consumer Product Safety Commission. The panel addressed topics such as eCommerce, opportunities for growth and cooperation between the private and public sectors (as well inner dialog among divisions of the public sector), how students can become involved in the logistics industry, and Miamiâ??s growing importance as a Global Gateway, not just a Gateway to the Americas. Dr. Wensvee chronicled his success in aviation as an example for the limitless opportunities available to MDC students while Mr. Berio emphasized the role his organization plays to keep the American public safe while still trying to make logistics more efficient. Discussion on Amazonâ??s recent nod to Miami as a Top-20 finalist for a 2nd Amazon HQ presented Mr. Chin and Mr. DeVillers with an opportunity to highlight the record cargo traffic at the ports. This was lightheartedly followed by another encouraging reminder from Ms. Pimentel that it was the Customs Brokers and Forwarders who are working hard every day to build those numbers to where they are today. Congratulations again to the MDC students who put together this fantastic event. WTDC served as the Gold Sponsor for the event and we look forward to participating again next year. A special thank you to Propeller Club President Phil Everingham and to President of Farovi Shipping Mr. Jorge Rovirosa for introducing the Propeller Club to MDC. We must also thank Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo Padron, MDC Kendall and West Campus President Dr. Beverly Moore Garcia, MDC Vice Provost Dr. John Wensveen, and MDC Department of Business Sarah Tuskey MDC Assistant Professor-Supply Chain Richard Sarabia, for their continued support of the Supply Chain Management program at Miami Dade College.

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WTDC Oct. 17 Newsletter -- Watching the ships roll in / Welcome to the team Carlos Benito

Posted on October 17th, 2017 at 2:07 pm

Watching the ships roll in - Maersk Gerda at PortMiami PortMiami reported on October 12th that the Maersk Gerda is the longest and tallest vessel to ever call PortMiami. Gerda is a massive 367m long and 43m wide. For the golfers among us, that's the equivalent of a floating 400 yard par 4! Welcome to the team Carlos Benito - Intern from FIU WTDC welcomes Carlos Benito to the team! Carlos, originally from Spain, is completing a fall Internship with WTDC Sales & Marketing Department and is a senior at Florida International University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. We're looking forward to great things from Carlos! For more information on setting up Internships�?� with FIU students, click here Coming soon: Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show The 58th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will run from November 1-5, 2017. Hundreds of vendors will be displaying their yachts and boats of every shape and size from mega-yachts to kayaks. Did you know that WTDC specializes in the loading of boats into containers for export? This cost effective method is preferred by boat vendors to reduce the price of international shipping. For boats that have a slightly wider bow, WTDC can even secure the boat and trailer vertically within the container. For more on WTDC's boat loading and export, click here. Commerce and NRF data point to rising retail sales in September - Logistics Management article By Jeff Berman, Logistics Management Group News Editor �?�· October 13, 2017 September retail sales data issued by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF) showed annual gains. Commerce reported that September retail sales at $483.9 billion were up 1.6% over August and 4.4% annually. And total retail sales from July through September rose 3.9% compared to the same period in 2016. View story from Logistics Management: Commerce and NRF data point to rising retail sales in September �?�  Air & Sea Cargo Americas is right around the corner Air & Sea Cargo Americas will be held on November 1 - 3, 2017 at the Miami Airport & Convention Center. Hosted annually by World Trade Center Miami, the�?� Air & Sea Cargo Americas will bring together top executives from all sectors of the aviation, maritime and logistics industries to exchange views and experiences to enhance the growth of the cargo industry in the Western Hemisphere. The conference and show is designed to: �?� �?� �?� Increase two-way cargo growth and international business in the Americas �?� �?� �?� Present updates on the latest security and safety regulations being used in the Western Hemisphere to secure cargo from the intrusion of biological, chemical or explosive materials �?� �?� �?� Provide a forum on international aviation, maritime and logistics issue in the Western Hemisphere �?� �?� �?� Report on MIA's expanding role as on of the certified pharmaceutical ports. �?� Click picture below to register for Air and Sea Cargo Americas.

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WTDC Newsletter: PortMiami hits record TEUs, US expels Cuban diplomats, Sergio's aids Maria relief

Posted on October 4th, 2017 at 5:29 pm

October 4, 2017 WTDC will be open on Columbus Day, Monday, October 9, 2017 FacebookTwitterWTDC LinkedInInstagramEmail WTDCWTDC Website PortMiami posts record number of TEUs in August 2017 PortMiami reports that containerized traffic reached 99,546 TEUs (20 foot container equivalents) in the month of August 2017, an 18.5% percent from the previous year. New services from Hapag-Lloyd and Seaboard Marine have complimented the $1.3 billion infrastructure improvements made to the port. â??The PortMiami team understands that the key to the portâ??s growth and success is largely dependent on our commitment to providing our partners with fast and reliable service,â?? said Port Director and CEO Juan M. Kuryla. â??We canâ??t thank them enough for their trust in PortMiami.â?? (As quoted in SFBJ). Read more from South Florida Business Journal: PortMiami's cargo traffic increases over 18% since last year Read more from American Shipper: Port Miami posts record-breaking month for container volumes PortMiami - Photo: American Shipper Sonic attack spurs U.S. to expel Cuban diplomats and withdraw non-essential employees from Cuba On Tuesday, Oct. 3, the United States announced that it would expel 15 Cuban diplomats from the Cuban Embassy in Washington in light of sonic attacks made upon U.S. citizens and diplomats while in Cuba. This action follows last week's announcement that the U.S. has issued a travel advisory to its citizens visiting Cuba and has ordered all non-essential diplomats and their families to return from the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. While the Cuban government has denounced the attacks and the U.S. has not formally blamed Cuba for the incident, the U.S. has taken the stance that Cuba has failed to protect the health and wellness of U.S. citizens on the island. Read more from CNN: US expels Cuban diplomats following Havana attacks View story from CBS Miami: U.S. urges travelers not to visit Cuba after sonic threat NAFTA review puts Foreign Trade Zones in spotlight Interest by the Trump Administration to renegotiate existing trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and to bolster U.S. exports has brought national interest to U.S. Foreign Trade Zones. FTZ industry leader Erik Autor, president of the National Association of Free Trade Zones (NAFTZ), vocalized his support of U.S. jobs in the FTZ sector and the key elements that should be taken into consideration during any agreement modification during a June hearing with U.S. trade and policy representatives: â??The Association has supported NAFTA because the agreement provides American companies and workers with new opportunities for growth and prosperity, reflects commerce and the economy of the 21st Century, and positions the FTZ program to be even more effective in promoting American jobs and competitiveness,â?? says Autor. Read more from Logistics Management: Foreign Trade Zones in the spotlight Celebrating Ernesto Garcia and his 20 years with WTDC Ernesto Garcia, WTDC Warehouse Supervisor, is celebrating his 20th year at the company. We would like to thank Mr. Garcia for his years of leadership, responsibility, and dedication. He has seen the company evolve from a General Order warehouse to its current Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company status, all the while bringing his positive attitude and years of experience to work each day to make WTDC a better company. Thank you Ernie, WTDC would not be the same without you! Sergio's Restaurants aid in Puerto Rico relief efforts Sergio's Restaurant opened its doors as a drop off point for food and supply donations to aid Puerto Rico in its recovery from Hurricane Maria. Carlos Gazitua, CEO of Sergio's Restaurant, explained that their community restaurants were a reliable and familiar place for concerned South Florida citizens to drop off supplies that would later be collected and transported to the island by Headquarter Toyota. Florida Governor Rick Scott evenstopped by Sergio's Restaurant to lend a helping hand to the relief efforts. He is pictured below (right) with Carlos Gazitua, Sergio's Restaurant CEO (left). Way to go Sergio's! Thank you for assisting our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico during their time of need. Can't make it to Cannes? TFWA & DFNI have you covered TFWA World Exhibition and Conference is underway in Cannes, France. Equal parts showcase, networking, and industry advancement make this one of the Duty Free and Travel Retail industry's biggest events of the year. TFWA has made its daily exhibition publication available online and industry publication DFNI is on-site chronicling the events and exhibition on their blog. WTDC is a logistics service provider for the Duty Free and Travel Retail industry. Many of our clients and their customers are participating at the TFWA World Exhibition and we look forward to seeing the exciting new products and services that will emerge from this year's conference. Read more about WTDC's specialization in Duty Free and Travel Retail Read more from TFWA: TFWA-Daily-2017.1654.0.html" target="_blank">TFWA Daily Read more from DFNI: The DFNI Blog - TFWA Cannes 2017

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