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February 7 Newsletter

Posted on February 7th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Miami logistics cluster highlighted by MIT professor Dr. Yossi Sheffi
 
Save the Date: February 26th
 
Dr. Yossi Sheffi introduces his book Logistics Clusters
 
Miami Dade College
Wolfson Campus
Room 2106
11011 SW 104th St
Miami, FL 33176
 
Registration: 5:30 PM
Presentation: 6:00 PM
 
 
Dr. Yossi Sheffi is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he serves as Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL). Under his leadership, CTL launched the Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) global network of academic centers of education and research. The network includes centers modeled after CTL in Zaragoza, Spain (Zara; Bogota, Colombia; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Miami's unique place within global logistics is profiled in Dr. Sheffi's book. RSVP here
 
 
Managing Travel Retail inventory in a Foreign Trade Zone
 
As a Foreign Trade Zone, WTDC offers specialized logistics services that save our Spirits and Travel Retail clients time and money. Advances in technology allow us to process incoming shipments upon the arrival notice with e214s before the ship hits the pier.
 
Deferment of Duties
Simplified Manipulation process
Duty Drawback to a FTZ
Save time with electronic Customs Documentation
Simplified inventory management (No need to separate entries)
Weekly or monthly summary entries (MPF savings)
Quarterly HMF Reporting (Harbor Maintenance Fee)
Savings on Closeouts 
 
Click here to connect with Santiago Aragon,
WTDC Vice President of Operations/ Logistics
 
See you at the Boat Show!
 
Our customers are gearing up for the Miami International Boat Show. Over 100,000 people attend this annual show in Miami Beach, and many boats and yachts are purchased on-site for foreign and domestic use. Each year, WTDC facilitates the movement of boats and personal watercraft for the Boat Show, including exporting boats in containers and managing transportation.
 
When: Thursday, Feb. 14 through Monday, Feb. 18
Admission: Adults (16 and older): $20
Two-day adult pass (valid Feb. 14-18): $35
Youth 15 and under get in FREE with an adult
 
One ticket good for all sites (including free access to shuttle bus & water taxi) for more on the Boat Show, click https://www.miamiboatshow.com/
 
 
 
 
 
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Managing Travel Retail inventory in a Foreign Trade Zone

As a Foreign Trade Zone, WTDC offers specialized logistics services that save our Spirits and Travel Retail clients time and money. Advances in technology allow us to process incoming shipments upon the arrival notice with e214s before the ship hits the pier.

 

  • Deferment of Duties
  • Simplified Manipulation process
  • Duty Drawback to a FTZ
  • Save time with electronic Customs Documentation
  • Simplified inventory management (No need to separate entries)
  • Weekly or monthly summary entries (MPF savings)
  • Quarterly HMF Reporting (Harbor Maintenance Fee)
  • Savings on Closeouts 

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March 1 Newsletter

Posted on March 1st, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Did You Know??
In a Bonded Warehouse, you have to destroy, pay duty, or export merchandise when it has been in the U.S. for 5 years. 
 
Did you know that in a Foreign Trade Zone you do not have any time restrictions?
 
Considering Spirits do get better with age, move your Bonded Spirits approaching the 5 year limit to a Foreign Trade Zone and avoid a very costly destruction.
 
Be sure to visit us at...
DUTY FREE SHOW OF THE AMERICAS
When: April 7-10, 2013
Where: Orlando World Center Marriott
Click here to set up an appointment
 
 
Victoria Beckham Range Rover
 
 
This week WTDC unloaded a 2013 Range Rover Evoque Special Edition with Victoria Beckham. The limited edition Range Rover, 1 of 200, features a matte gray color scheme, luxurious tan semi-aniline leather interior with baseball stitching, mohair carpeting, and of course, a 4 piece luggage set.
 
For more pictures, check out our Facebook gallery
 
Barry University students to feed the homeless on Spring Break 
 
 
We would like to commend Dasha Ruzaykina, Barry University student and WTDC Intern, for her work with the homeless and hungry of the Florida Keys. Dasha will be spending her Spring Break with Alternative Spring Break helping the less fortunate.
Alternative Spring Break (Barry University) is a non-profit organization directed by and for students, to educate students about social, political, and environmental justice issues through direct service, individual and group reflection, student leadership, diversity, and engagement beyond the local community.
 
Miami logistics cluster highlighted by MIT professor Dr. Yossi Sheffi
 
 
Promoting his new book Logistics Clusters, Dr. Yossi Sheffi of MIT delivered an engaging and informative presentation to logistics professionals and academics at Miami Dade College on February 26.
Dr. Yossi Sheffi is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he serves as Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL). 

Did You Know??

In a Bonded Warehouse, you have to destroy, pay duty, or export merchandise when it has been in the U.S. for 5 years. 

 

Did you know that in a Foreign Trade Zone you do not have any time restrictions?

 

Considering Spirits do get better with age, move your Bonded Spirits approaching the 5 year limit to a Foreign Trade Zone and avoid a very costly destruction.

 

Victoria Beckham Range Rover

Victoria Beckham Range Rover 

This week WTDC unloaded a 2013 Range Rover Evoque Special Edition with Victoria Beckham. The limited edition Range Rover, 1 of 200, features a matte gray color scheme, luxurious tan semi-aniline leather interior with baseball stitching, mohair carpeting, and of course, a 4 piece luggage set.

For more pictures, check out our Facebook gallery

 

Barry University students to feed the homeless on Spring Break 

Darya Ruzaykina, Barry University, WTDC, internship 

We would like to commend Dasha Ruzaykina, Barry University student and WTDC Intern, for her work with the homeless and hungry of the Florida Keys. Dasha will be spending her Spring Break with Alternative Spring Break helping the less fortunate.

 

Alternative Spring Break (Barry University) is a non-profit organization directed by and for students, to educate students about social, political, and environmental justice issues through direct service, individual and group reflection, student leadership, diversity, and engagement beyond the local community.

 

Miami logistics cluster highlighted by MIT professor Dr. Yossi Sheffi

Miami logistics cluster, MIT professor Dr. Yossi Sheffi

Promoting his new book Logistics Clusters, Dr. Yossi Sheffi of MIT delivered an engaging and informative presentation to logistics professionals and academics at Miami Dade College on February 26.

 

Dr. Yossi Sheffi is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he serves as Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL). 

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March 15 Newsletter

Posted on March 15th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Did You Know??
In a Bonded Warehouse, you are required to pay Harbor Maintenance Fee on each import. HMF is currently .125% of the merchandise value.
 
Did you know that in a Foreign Trade Zone you consolidate the HMF payments quarterly?
 
Paying HMF quarterly is a significant cash flow strategy and cost saving measure for importers. Consolidating paperwork through electronic filing is just one of the many reasons companies are working with our FTZ.
 
Be sure to visit us at...
DUTY FREE SHOW OF THE AMERICAS
When: April 7-10, 2013
Where: Orlando World Center Marriott
Click here to set up an appointment
 
Congratulations to Philippe Dennery, Freight Auditor, our March Employee of the Month! 
 
 
Bloomberg: Miami-Dade County sees economic impact from Brazil
 
The Honorable Luiz de Araujo Castro, former Consul General of Brazil at the WTDC hosted Beacon Council event on Brazil
Pictured above: The Honorable Luiz de Araujo Castro, former Consul General of Brazil.
 
Yesterday Bloomberg published an article highlighting the importance of Latin America and Brazil's economic impact on Miami-Dade county. Last year, WTDC sponsored an event with the Beacon Council focused on harnessing the growing Brazilian market.  The Beacon Council is prominently featured in the Bloomberg article for its continued efforts to attract foreign companies to Miami-Dade County.
 
Inside the Ropes at the Cadillac Championship in Doral
 
Sean P. Gazitua, (R) WTDC VP of Sales & Marketing, and Tommy Stevenson, (L) General Manager for AKSA USA/JAT Power at Cadillac Championship in Doral
 
At last week's PGA WGC Cadillac Championship, Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC VP of Sales & Marketing, and Tommy Stevenson, General Manager for AKSA USA/JAT Power, walked inside the ropes with Jeff Ogilvy's group as Honorary Observers.
 
The annual tournament is a signature event for our Doral community and Tiger Woods won (again!).

Did You Know??

In a Bonded Warehouse, you are required to pay Harbor Maintenance Fee on each import. HMF is currently .125% of the merchandise value.

 

Did you know that in a Foreign Trade Zone you consolidate the HMF payments quarterly?

 

Paying HMF quarterly is a significant cash flow strategy and cost saving measure for importers. Consolidating paperwork through electronic filing is just one of the many reasons companies are working with our FTZ.

 

Congratulations to Philippe Dennery, Freight Auditor, our March Employee of the Month! 

Philippe Dennery, Freight Auditor, March Employee of the Month 

 

Bloomberg: Miami-Dade County sees economic impact from Brazil

Bloomberg: Miami-Dade, Economic Impact from Brazil

The Honorable Luiz de Araujo Castro, former Consul General of Brazil at the WTDC hosted Beacon Council event on Brazil

Pictured above: The Honorable Luiz de Araujo Castro, former Consul General of Brazil.

 

Yesterday Bloomberg published an article highlighting the importance of Latin America and Brazil's economic impact on Miami-Dade county. Last year, WTDC sponsored an event with the Beacon Council focused on harnessing the growing Brazilian market.  The Beacon Council is prominently featured in the Bloomberg article for its continued efforts to attract foreign companies to Miami-Dade County.

 

Inside the Ropes at the Cadillac Championship in Doral

Ropes at the Cadillac Championship in Doral 

Sean P. Gazitua, (R) WTDC VP of Sales & Marketing, and Tommy Stevenson, (L) General Manager for AKSA USA/JAT Power at Cadillac Championship in Doral

 

At last week's PGA WGC Cadillac Championship, Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC VP of Sales & Marketing, and Tommy Stevenson, General Manager for AKSA USA/JAT Power, walked inside the ropes with Jeff Ogilvy's group as Honorary Observers.

 

The annual tournament is a signature event for our Doral community and Tiger Woods won (again!).

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April 5 Newsletter

Posted on April 5th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Did You Know??
In a Bonded Warehouse, you have to destroy, pay duty, or export merchandise when it has been in the U.S. for 5 years. 
 
Did you know that in a Foreign Trade Zone you do not have any time restrictions?
 
Considering Spirits do get better with age, move your Bonded Spirits approaching the 5 year limit to a Foreign Trade Zone and avoid a very costly destruction.
Be sure to meet with S. Gazitua, VP of Sales and Marketing, and S. Aragon, VP of Operations at...
 
DUTY FREE SHOW OF THE AMERICAS
When: April 7-10, 2013
Where: Orlando World Center Marriott
Click here to set up an appointment
 
Congratulations to Ginger Diez, Customer Service Specialist, our April Employee of the Month! 
 
 
 
 
CEO Corner and CEO Ralph Gazitua at Port of Miami where President Obama spoke about Private Infrastructure Development                                                                                                                                                                President stated, "You ask any CEO where we they rather locate their business and hire new workers. Are you going to set up shop in a country that's got raggedy roads, runways that are pot-holed, and backed-up supply chains?  Or are you going to seek out high-speed rail, Internet, high-tech schools, new state-of-the-art power grids, new bridges, new tunnels, new ports that help you ship products made in America to the rest of the world as fast as possible? That's what people are looking for. That's what CEOs are looking for." 
 
 
Global Trade Magazine Features WTDC in The ABCs of FTZs article
 
 
To read the article please click here
 
Thank you for coming out to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with WTDC at Third Thursday Event.
 
 
Thank you for attending WTDC's 3rd Thursday Event on March 21. We enjoyed celebrating St. Patty's Day with you! Hope to see you at the next Third Thursday Event on Thursday, April 18, which would be Cuban themed with domino tables.

Did You Know??

In a Bonded Warehouse, you have to destroy, pay duty, or export merchandise when it has been in the U.S. for 5 years. 

Did you know that in a Foreign Trade Zone you do not have any time restrictions?

 

Considering Spirits do get better with age, move your Bonded Spirits approaching the 5 year limit to a Foreign Trade Zone and avoid a very costly destruction.

 

CEO Corner and CEO Ralph Gazitua at Port of Miami where President Obama spoke about Private Infrastructure Development  

 

  CEO Ralph Gazitua, Port of Miami, President Obama, Private Infrastructure Development           

President stated, "You ask any CEO where we they rather locate their business and hire new workers. Are you going to set up shop in a country that's got raggedy roads, runways that are pot-holed, and backed-up supply chains?  Or are you going to seek out high-speed rail, Internet, high-tech schools, new state-of-the-art power grids, new bridges, new tunnels, new ports that help you ship products made in America to the rest of the world as fast as possible? That's what people are looking for. That's what CEOs are looking for." 

 

Global Trade Magazine Features WTDC in The ABCs of FTZs article

Global Trade Magazine, WTDC, The ABCs of FTZs 

To read the article please click here

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July 16 Newsletter

Posted on July 16th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Florida: The State of Foreign Trade Zones
 
By Gary M. Goldfarb, WTDC Executive Vice President 7/16/13
 
The State of Florida has a wealth of assets and every potential to grow into a state dominated by Foreign Trade activities. There are several foreign trade zones in the State of Florida that play an important role in the growth of foreign trade, but none have developed the necessary traction to attract important manufacturing, assembly or distribution companies to promote job growth.
Miami-Dade County recently obtained a Foreign Trade Zone grant that covers most of the county in a new designation called ASF (Alternate Site Framework) and allows companies in the county to obtain foreign trade zone status at their existing facilities without having to relocate into a compound.  
 
Since the start of 2013, there have been 11 applications for status in Miami-Dade County, with over 1.4 million square feet of warehousing space being activated and almost 700 jobs retained and an additional 100 jobs to be added… all this in a period of 6 months. The projections for the remainder of the year call for the total square footage to add up to 2.8 million and approximately 800 new jobs created.  This does not include the effects of the existing zones in the county which have permitted an additional 300,000 sq. ft. and an estimated 300 jobs.
 
Florida Governor Rick Scott has been very active promoting Foreign Trade with Latin America and Europe, recently traveling to Chile and France on Trade building missions.  Additionally, economic development organizations at the state and local level understand the need for trade based jobs.  Florida’s four principal ports (PortMiami, PortEverglades, Jaxport and Port of Tampa) can be engines for growth with their diverse populations with multi-language skills.
 
Click here to continue reading...
 
Congratulations to Santiago Aragon Jr, Employee of the Year
 
Santiago Aragon Jr, WTDC Vice President of Operations, was named Employee of the Year for Fiscal Year 2012-2013. Mr. Aragon has been a fantastic addition to our team here at WTDC, joining us in Spring 2012. His detailed approach has allowed us to streamline our operations and perform with better safety, consistency, and accuracy. Thank you Santiago, your efforts are appreciated!  To send a personal congratulatory note to Santiago click here
 
 
 
Safety 1st... and 2nd... and 3rd...
 
A key element to achieving any goal is implementation. With measurable objectives, an abstract concept like ‘Safety’ can become reality. WTDC is taking strides to make itself a safer place for its employees by implementing 5S initiatives. Safety is a byproduct of a trained and educated workforce completing their duties in an organized environment free of obstacles. Started by Japanese automobile manufacturers in the 1980s, the 5S process standardizes organization. 
 
There are five primary 5S phases:
1. Sorting (Seiri)
2. Straightening (Seiton) (Set in order, Stabilizing)
3. Systematic cleaning (Seiso) (Sweeping or Shining)
4. Standardizing (Seiketsu) (Standard Operating Procedures)
5. Sustaining (Shitsuke) (Sustaining the Practice)
 
Whether a company decides to embrace 5S, an ISO Standard, or Lean Six Sigma practices, their ultimate success depends on the Implementation and the employees’ continued investment in its practices.
 
 
Santiago Aragon, Vice President of Operations, led WTDC’s 5S implementation. “Our 5S process began with reorganizing the warehouse for optimal workflow and organizing every asset. We gave the place a good scrubdown, implemented new elements like emergency washbasins and an area dedicated to First Aid and Safety Supplies. The handling of each account was detailed step by step and inefficiencies were eliminated with the cooperation of our customers,” Aragon said.
 
“Our customers are receiving better service with fewer mistakes. Our employees are well trained and operate in a safe environment," Aragon continued. "We have daily and weekly objectives to sustain the 5S system, and we’re holding ourselves to the highest of standards required by our clientele." … All keys to safer business, and better business.

Florida: The State of Foreign Trade Zones

By Gary M. Goldfarb, WTDC Executive Vice President 7/16/13

 

The State of Florida has a wealth of assets and every potential to grow into a state dominated by Foreign Trade activities. There are several foreign trade zones in the State of Florida that play an important role in the growth of foreign trade, but none have developed the necessary traction to attract important manufacturing, assembly or distribution companies to promote job growth.

The State of Foreign Trade Zones

Miami-Dade County recently obtained a Foreign Trade Zone grant that covers most of the county in a new designation called ASF (Alternate Site Framework) and allows companies in the county to obtain foreign trade zone status at their existing facilities without having to relocate into a compound.  

 

Since the start of 2013, there have been 11 applications for status in Miami-Dade County, with over 1.4 million square feet of warehousing space being activated and almost 700 jobs retained and an additional 100 jobs to be added… all this in a period of 6 months. The projections for the remainder of the year call for the total square footage to add up to 2.8 million and approximately 800 new jobs created.  This does not include the effects of the existing zones in the county which have permitted an additional 300,000 sq. ft. and an estimated 300 jobs.

 

Florida Governor Rick Scott has been very active promoting Foreign Trade with Latin America and Europe, recently traveling to Chile and France on Trade building missions.  Additionally, economic development organizations at the state and local level understand the need for trade based jobs.  Florida’s four principal ports (PortMiami, PortEverglades, Jaxport and Port of Tampa) can be engines for growth with their diverse populations with multi-language skills.

 

5S, ISO Standard, Lean Six Sigma practices

Safety 1st... and 2nd... and 3rd... 

A key element to achieving any goal is implementation. With measurable objectives, an abstract concept like ‘Safety’ can become reality. WTDC is taking strides to make itself a safer place for its employees by implementing 5S initiatives. Safety is a byproduct of a trained and educated workforce completing their duties in an organized environment free of obstacles. Started by Japanese automobile manufacturers in the 1980s, the 5S process standardizes organization. 

 

There are five primary 5S phases:

1. Sorting (Seiri)

2. Straightening (Seiton) (Set in order, Stabilizing)

3. Systematic cleaning (Seiso) (Sweeping or Shining)

4. Standardizing (Seiketsu) (Standard Operating Procedures)

5. Sustaining (Shitsuke) (Sustaining the Practice)

 

Whether a company decides to embrace 5S, an ISO Standard, or Lean Six Sigma practices, their ultimate success depends on the Implementation and the employees’ continued investment in its practices.

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