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March 1st Newsletter; WTDC 40th Anniversary, LiveLikeBella 5k Walk/Run, Miami Dade College Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society, GMCC Event: Cuba, A Year in Review

Posted on March 1st, 2017 at 2:43 pm

WTDC celebrates its 40 year anniversary

 

40 years in business! On March 8, 1977, WTDC was founded by the Gazitua family as a U.S. Customs General Order Warehouse. We've come a long way since those days but still maintain our commitment to service and our employees as a family owned and operated Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company.

 

"WTDC's future is focused on building a company that unites technology and best practices with the values we share as a family," said  Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO.

 

Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC Chairman and former President & CEO, reflected on the values that led to his company's success, "First is God and Family, the core of our values and our responsibility to each other. Second is Continuing Education and Wellness, a sound mind and body are essential to peak performance. Third is Community and Business, giving back and enabling others in education as well as business relationships built upon transparency. And finally, Legacy, seeing that the Gazitua family business and tradition of excellence in logistics continues in a 3rd generation under my son Sean's leadership."

 

 

 

LiveLikeBella 5k Run/Walk

 

On Saturday, February 25, WTDC employees and their families participated in the 3rd annual LiveLikeBella 5k Run/Walk at Zoo Miami. Over 2500 people attended the 5k and assisted the local charity in raising almost $150,000.

 

LiveLikeBella is a childhood cancer foundation focused on ending childhood cancer. It funds innovative pediatric cancer research, provides support for families with children in treatment, and even assists families with the purchase of of headstones and urns if the child passes away. The charity continues after Bella's passing to be an inspiration to families afflicted by cancer and to bring resources to fight childhood cancer.

 

 

LiveLikeBella.org

 

 

 

 

 

Miami Dade College Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society

 

On Friday, February 24, WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua was a guest speaker for Miami Dade College's Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society inauguration ceremony. Sigma Beta Delta recognizes the scholastic achievements by students studying business, management, and administration.

 

Mr. Gazitua is currently the Chair of the Supply Chain Management Advisory Committee for the School of Business at Miami Dade College and is pictured below with Dr. Beverly Moore-Garcia, President of  Miami Dade College Kendall Campus, and Dr. Sandra Torres, Assistant Professor at Miami Dade College - School of Business and Advisor to Sigma Beta Delta.

 

 

 

 

GMCC Event:

Cuba, A Year in Review

 

Join the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua, and a panel of speakers for a discussion on the changes, advances, and regulations between the US and Cuba up until this moment. Panelists will discuss their experiences setting up and conducting business operations on the island and what the future might hold.

 

9 a.m. Registration

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

GMCC

 

Speakers

Ralph Gazitua, Chairman, WTDC

 

Alicia Lines, Regional Director, Financial Distribution  Service

 

Ritchie Lucas, Associate Publisher, Cuba Trade Magazine

 

Ana Quintana, Policy Analyst, Latin America and the Western Hemisphere, Heritage Foundation

 

Aliette Rodz, Partner, Shutts & Bowen LLP

 

Click here for event info and registration

 

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February 1 Newsletter

Posted on February 1st, 2016 at 5:04 pm

Temperature Control expansion

 

WTDC has commenced expansion of its FTZ Temperature Control Warehousing. We will continue to provide updates through construction and completion. As mentioned in our last newsletter, WTDC’s FTZ business rose 37% in 2015 thanks in part to temperature control services for our Wine and Spirits customers from the Duty Free and Travel Retail industry.

 

 

 

Reminder: FTZ Annual Report due

 

FTZ Operators: The Annual Report is due on March 31 and includes all information from January 1 to December 31 of last year. Reports must be submitted via OFIS.

 

The Foreign Trade Zone Board offers free webinars on the topic of submitting the FTZ annual report. The next webinar is on Wednesday, February 10.

 

Click here for more information on FTZ Board webinars on Filing an Annual Report

 

 

 

USA & Cuba relations update:

Export Financing & Business Travel

 

Last week the United States laid out new policy changes in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and Cuban Assets and Control Regulations (CACR). Of note to the trade and transportation industries are changes regarding the way products for export to Cuba originating from the United States may be financed, with agricultural products being a noted exception.

 

The financing of exports precedent involved rerouting to a third country and/or cash only payment in full for most commodities, two common factors that many policy changes eliminate. Additional changes release last week include expanding definitions for business interactions with the Cuban people as well as business travel to the island.

 

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said, “...These regulatory changes will also facilitate exports that will help strengthen civil society in Cuba and enhance communications to, from and among the Cuban people.  Looking ahead, we will continue to support greater economic independence and increased prosperity for the Cuban people, as we take another step toward building a more open and mutually beneficial relationship between our two nations.” (From Commerce.Gov)

 

Read more from the New York Times

 

Read more on this update from Commerce.gov

 


 

 

 

Leap Year, Did you Know?

 

You likely already noticed that this February there are 29 days as we are in a leap year. You also probably know that leap year is every four years, but did you know...

  • Presidential elections in USA fall within leap years (More time for debates!)
  • We have a leap year to closer align the Gregorian calendar (365 days) with the solar year (365.242 days).
  • Leap year only occurs on years divisible by 4 and century years divisible by 400 (Sorry, 1900 and 2100!) to account for the 26 second difference in Gregorian and solar years.
  • 10 dates were skipped in October 1582 to align the new Gregorian calendar with the old Julian calendar instituted in 46 B.C.

 Source: CNN.com

 

 

Save the Date: Lod Mosaic at the Frost Art Museum

 

The Arts & Culture Committee of the Chile-US Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its next event:

 

Lod Mosaic, Tour with Chile-US Chamber

Patricial and Phillip Frost Art Museum-FIU

FIU, 10975 SW 17th Street, Miami, FL 33199

 

Photo Credit: The Arab Daily News

 

Lod Mosaic Exhibition description from The Frost

 

If you are interested in attending please click here to RSVP

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WTDC Newsletter Oct. 16 - Cannes Duty Free Show, CSCMP Roundtable on Cuba

Posted on October 16th, 2015 at 12:08 pm

 

TFWA: Cannes cleanup will be complete in time for Duty Free Show

 

Each year in Cannes, France, the Tax Free World Association (TFWA) hosts the World Exhibition and Conference, the world's largest Duty Free Show. The buildup talk of this year's show, scheduled for October 18-23 in the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, has not been the new products and exhibitors at the showcase but the recovery of the city of Cannes after flash flooding tragically hit the French Riviera in the first week of October. TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen expressed his condolences for the families affected by the storm and said that while technical issues such as internet connectivity still remain for parts of the city, those should be resolved this week and the show should be able to proceed as scheduled without incident.


Read more from TFWA here

 

Read more from The Spirits Business

 

Read more on the flooding from BBC

 

 

 

Your local infrastructure partner in Miami: WTDC, FTZ 281-4

 

In addition to our inventory management and transportation services, hundreds of companies depend on WTDC to serve as their local infrastructure in Miami, FL. On daily basis, WTDC does Packing & Crating and Heavy Lift and Rigging projects for customers. Our oversized yard and 15,000 lb. forklift enable us to handle most container transfers.

  • Loading of Boats in Containers
  • Vehicle and Machinery Loading
  • Heavy lift transfers
  • Container to flat rack or lowboy transfers
  • Live transloads
  • Handling of crates, industrial equipment, HVAC, metal poles and siding, etc

 

Click here for Heavy Lift and Rigging from WTDC

 

Thank you to our WTDC Operations for an incredibly productive and successful week!

 

 

 

Passing the torch: Entrepreneurship,

developing the Cuba tradelane

 

FIU's School of International Business consistently ranks among the Top 10 in the Country and WTDC President & CEO Ralph L. Gazitua has been invited to speak to their Honors Society on Tuesday, October 20. Mr. Gazitua will be speaking to the International Business Honors Society (IBHS) about the risks and rewards of being an entrepreneur and his recent experience exploring business opportunities with Cuba.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join the CSCMP Roundtable on Cuba

 

 

Date/Time: Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Dinner - 5:45 P.M - 6:45 P.M.   

Presentation - 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M 

Address: Nova Southeastern University

Carl DeSantis Building

3301 College Avenue

Davie, Florida 33314

 

Join Ralph L Gazitua, President and CEO of WTDC and Dan Gardner, President of Trade Facilitators, Inc. for an evening's discussion on the fantastic business opportunities that are emerging in Cuba. During the event, Dan Gardner will provide an update on U.S. trade regulations with Cuba and Ralph Gazitua will share his recent on-the-ground experiences in developing commercial opportunities there.

 

Points to be covered during this one-of-a-kind panel discussion include: Benefits from the trade policy changes Export license exceptions Current opportunities between Cuba and the U.S. The future of business relations for the U.S. and Cuba.

 

Register through the website of Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) here

 

 


 

 

FDOT wins national awards for PortMami Tunnel project

 

 

 


The PortMiami Tunnel, a project by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) was awarded Grand Prize and selected as People's Choice in the America's Transportation Awards competition. The FDOT & ProtMiami Tunnel beat out 48 transportation project entries from 24 states. FDOT will receive $20,000 to be applied to logistics scholarships or the charity of their choice. The America's Transportation Awards is sponsored by The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

 

Read more from the Miami Herald here

 

Read more from America's Transportation Awards

 

 

www.wtdc.com

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Oct 2 Newsletter - PortMiami Dredge, Cuba Sanctions update

Posted on October 2nd, 2015 at 12:03 pm

 

PortMiami completes Deep Dredge

 

Big Ships Welcome now reads the sign on Biscayne Boulevard leading to PortMiami. On September 18, PortMiami officially announced completion of its main harbor channel dredge from 42 feet to 52 feet deep.

 

PortMiami is now the only port of call south of Virginia ready to accept the larger Post-Panamax ships. New gantry cranes can now service ships 22 containers wide and reach 11 containers below the ship deck and 9 containers above it. The dredging was the final component of $1 billion of infrastructure upgrades to PortMiami including the PortMiami Tunnel, new gantry cranes, and intermodal improvements.


Read the release from FL Governor Rick Scott here

Read the release from Miami Dade County here

 

 

 

 

 

US-Cuba relations update

 

US Department of the Treasury and Department of Commerce published amendments to further clarify President Obama's 2014 announcement of the easing of Cuba Sanctions, click for release

 

President Obama briefly met with Cuban President Castro at the United Nations in New York click for article in New York Times

 

Carnival announces Miami to Cuba cruises for Spring 2016, the humanitarian themed cruise stops in Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba click for article on FoxNews

 

Miami Archbishop Wenski deems Pope Francis' 'emotional trip' to Cuba a success click for article in Miami Herald

 

 

Gazitua family reflects on Papal Pilgrimage to Cuba

 

WTDC President & CEO Ralph L. Gazitua and Vice President Sean P. Gazitua traveled with their family to Havana, Cuba, as part of the Archdiocese of Miami pilgrimage to see Pope Francis. They visited Iglesia de Jesús de Miramar, as pictured below, and were honored to be among those seated at the Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, Cuba. Click here to see photos from their trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exporting from the United States for International Trade Professionals

 

Date/Time: Thursday, October 8, 2015

Presentation - 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M 

Address: Miami Free Zone

2305 N.W. 107TH AVE,
CONFERENCE ROOM 2M10, Miami, FL 33172

 

Trade with Cuba is a central focus of Becker & Poliakoff's monthly compliance seminar. WTDC's President & CEO Ralph L. Gazitua is part of a great lineup of speakers including Jonathan Barnes, Special Agent for U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security, Jay Brickman, VP Government Services for Crowley Maritime Corp., Jennifer Ahrens, Corporate/Compliance Officer for Robertson Forwarding Company, and Jennifer R. Diaz, Shareholder of Becker & Poliakoff.


Register for the event here

 


 

 

Join the CSCMP Roundtable on Cuba

 

 

Date/Time: Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Dinner - 5:45 P.M - 6:45 P.M.   

Presentation - 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M 

Address: Nova Southeastern University

Carl DeSantis Building

3301 College Avenue

Davie, Florida 33314

 

Join Ralph L Gazitua, President and CEO of WTDC and Dan Gardner, President of Trade Facilitators, Inc. for an evening's discussion on the fantastic business opportunities that are emerging in Cuba. During the event, Dan Gardner will provide an update on U.S. trade regulations with Cuba and Ralph Gazitua will share his recent on-the-ground experiences in developing commercial opportunities there.

 

Points to be covered during this one-of-a-kind panel discussion include: Benefits from the trade policy changes Export license exceptions Current opportunities between Cuba and the U.S. The future of business relations for the U.S. and Cuba.

 

Register through the website of Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) here

 

 

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Gazitua family travels to Cuba for Papal pilgrimage

Posted on September 18th, 2015 at 11:38 am

Ralph L. Gazitua, President and CEO of WTDC, and Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC Vice President, are traveling with their family to Havana, Cuba, from September 18-21 to see the Holy Father Pope Francis as part of the pilgrimage from the Archdiocese of Miami led by Archbishop Wenski.

 

This will mark the third papal encounter for Mr. Gazitua, as he had an audience with Pope John Paul II in Miami in 1987 just months after his diaconate ordination and traveled with his eldest son to Cuba in 2012 to see Pope Benedict. Ralph Gazitua is a Permanent Deacon of the Catholic Church and his spiritual vocation is detention ministry. He is Chaplain to the Miami Dade Police Department and Everglades Correctional Institution.

 

CBS 4- Local Volunteer Chaplain Headed to Cuba for Pope Visit

Click here to watch the video

Ralph Gazitua WTDC CBS 4 NEWS - Cuba

 

Miami Herald - (9/18/15) For pilgrims in Cuba, a chance to connect to roots, religion (By David Smiley, Joey Flechas, and Volker Ter Haseborg)

Click here to read the article in full

Ralph Gazitua Miami Herald Cuba

 

NBC 6

Impact with Jackie Nespral for September 13, 2015

Click here to watch the video

Ralph Gazitua WTDC NBC NEWS - Cuba

 

NBC 6 - Miami Catholics Prepare to go to Cuba for Pope Visit

Click here to watch the video

Ralph Gazitua WTDC NBC NEWS - Cuba Short Clip

 

ABC - Pilgrim Seeing Pope 'like being at the Super Bowl'

Click here to watch the video

Ralph Gazitua WTDC ABC NEWS - Cuba

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USA Today features WTDC in article: Cuba and Iran not quite open for business

Posted on August 24th, 2015 at 2:10 pm


As formal relations between the United States and Cuba continue to evolve, so do the business opportunities that exist for U.S. companies within Cuba. Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO, was quoted today in the USA Today article ‘Cuba and Iran not quite open for business’ by  Charisse Jones:


“Miami-based businessman Ralph Gazitua has flown to Cuba twice this year. His logistics company, WTDC, a designated "foreign trade zone'' that handles the shipping of goods to international destinations,  consults and handles shipping for companies looking to send state-approved commodities to Cuba.


"I jumped on it,'' he says of the new opportunity. "We want to be able to break ground . ... That's why we decided to go there.''


To read the USA Today article in its entirety, please click here

 

For more information about WTDC Cuba Consulting services please click here

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US flag flies again over Havana

Posted on August 17th, 2015 at 5:06 pm

On Friday, August 14, the American flag flew above the U.S. Embassy in Havana for the first time in 54 years. In a small ceremony broadcast around the world, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke of the restoration of diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba. The ceremony included an introduction by U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, an oration by Cuban American Richard Blanco of his poem of hope for the two countries separated only by the Florida Straits, and the flag raising ceremony featuring the same three US Marines who lowered the U.S. flag from the Embassy in 1961.

 

Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO, was honored to attend both the raising of the flag at the Embassy and a flag raising at the residence of US Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis. Since President Obama’s announcement of the intent to restore relations between the US and Cuba last December, Mr. Gazitua has been involved in numerous high level meetings forecasting the coming changes. WTDC offers consulting services for companies looking to send state approved commodities to Cuba.

 

Ralph Gazitua Cuba Marines

 

The participation of U.S. Marines Jim Tracy, F.W. "Mike" East, and Larry C. Morris (pictured above with Mr. Gazitua) was truly a patriotic highlight. These Marines made a promise to one day return to Havana to see the U.S. flag fly again above the U.S. Embassy.

 

All photos courtesy of Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC

 

Watching the U.S. Marines raise the American flag in the U.S. Embassy-Havana.

The U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba.

Mr. Gazitua walks with Secretary Kerry across the grounds of the residence of US Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis.

Mr. Gazitua pictured with U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, current US chagre d'affaires in Havana at his residence.

Mr. Gazitua pictured with the US Marines currently stationed in Cuba and the American Eagle that once adorned the USS Maine Memorial in Havana.

 

About WTDC: WTDC is a Foreign Trade Zone in Miami, Florida, USA, family owned and operated by the Gazitua family since its founding in 1977. WTDC is a full service logistics company specializing in international distribution and global transportation management. We provide transportation services via Road, Rail, Air or Ocean. WTDC specializes in servicing the Duty Free and Travel Retail industries. Phone: 305-594-7484 www.wtdc.com

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