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PortMiami traffic with Asia rises 11%
Bolstered by an increase of container traffic as a result of infrastructure improvements at PortMiami (See our previous article on Big Ship Ready) as well as traffic that continued with the port following resolution of West Coast labor disputes, PortMiami reported an 11% volume growth with Asia in 2016. As reported in MiamiToday, PortMiami has benefited from the larger PostPanamax ships that now move through the expanded Panama Canal and PortMiami now sees 35% of its trade volume with Asia.
One interesting future limitation brought up in the article concerns planned construction to bridges in New York. Limits to the height of the vessels New York can receive could adversely affect PortMiami, as many of the vessels that call Miami also call New York.
Celebrate Florida trade opportunities during Florida World Trade Month 2017
Each May, The Florida Chamber of Commerce, World Trade Center Miami, and Enterprise Florida host a month long series of educational seminars and business networking events to display Florida's participation in World Trade Month.
The events kick off with tours of PortMiami on Wednesday and then Friday's WorldCity ‘World Trade Month Annual Kick-off Luncheon’ presented by World City in which all 3 port directors will share the stage. May 3rd is the last day to register for Friday's event. Expect to see WTDC there!
WTDC Featured in IAADFS official photo slideshow
Check out the official photo slideshow from IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas 2017. WTDC President & CEO, Sean Gazitua, and WTDC Chairman, Ralph L. Gazitua made a cameo!
USA & Cuba Relations Update:
OFAC licenses continue to be issued in Trump administration
To date, no major changes have been made to U.S-Cuba policy by the Trump administration to rollback changes made during the Obama administration. A recent article in the Miami Herald listed examples of U.S. companies that have received special permission to operate on the island. U.S.-based broadcast and video facility company Cuba International Network, was recently awarded an OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) license allowing them to do business with Cuban radio and television company RVA.
To read more from the April 4, 2017 article in the Miami Herald by Nora Gámez Torres “Trump administration continues to issue OFAC licenses authorizing business with Cuba.”
WTDC Attends 2017 IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas
Florida East Coast Railway to be acquired by Grupo Mexico
Big news for the transportation industry, Florida East Coast Railway (FEC), Jacksonville based railroad, is to be acquired by Grupo Mexico Transportes S.A de C.V. (GMXT).
Below is an excerpt from article published by Jeff Berman in ‘Logistics Management’ Magazine on March 28th:
"Earlier today, the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) and GMéxico Transportes S.A. de C.V.(GMXT), the transportation unit of Mexico City, Mexico-based miner Grupo Mexico, announced that they have entered into an agreement in which GMXT will acquire FEC in an all-cash transaction, which is expected to close subject to satisfaction of closing conditions.
Various reports said the sale price was $2.1 billion, with Reuters reporting that Grupo Mexico financed the purchase from FEC owner Fortress Investment Group with $1.75 billion in debt and $350 million in capital, based on a company statement for the Mexican stock exchange.”
WTDC: 40 years in business!
Community Involvement: Graduation ceremony for Colombian National Police trained by MDPD SWAT
WTDC Chairman and Miami-Dade Police Department Chaplain Ralph L. Gazitua gave the invocation and benediction for the graduation of the Colombian National Police’s training by MDPD’s special response team.
“It was an honor to give the invocation today for the graduation of the Colombian National Police trained by MDPD. We are blessed to have such skilled officers protecting our community. It is a great outreach program for the MDPD to share its knowledge and expertise so that other communities can benefit from having a highly skilled tactical response team,” said Mr. Gazitua.
Pictured with MDPD Director Juan Perez and the Colombian Lt. Col.
Duty-free and travel-retail industry logistics and Foreign Trade Zone company WTDC has announced the promotion of Sean P. Gazitua as president and CEO.
Gazitua developed an extensive grasp of Foreign Trade Zone Operations and Logistics Management working his way through the ranks at WTDC as operations manager, then director of Logistics, vice-president sales and marketing, and most recently as vice president.
Sean Gazitua succeeds his father, WTDC chairman Ralph L. Gazitua, as well as his uncle John Gazitua and grandfather Luis Rafael Gazitua, as the third generation of Gazitua to manage the company.
“WTDC’s future is focused on building a company that unites technology and best practices with the values we share as a family. We’ve come a long way since our founding 40 years ago but still maintain our commitment to service and our employees as a family owned company,” said Gazitua.
Gazitua was integral in building WTDC’s client base of manufacturers and consolidators. The company specialises in managing inventory in its Foreign Trade Zone, a cost saving measure for its customers. “This year we look forward to growing our existing accounts and further developing our transportation department with air and ocean freight forwarding. We are unique in the local market in that WTDC maintains rigorous- corporate standards of accountability while having the flexibility as a family owned company to customise our operations for our customers,” he added.
Founded by the Gazitua family on March 8, 1977, the company began as a US Customs General Order Warehouse, which stores cargo that has been seized by US Customs and helps alleviate congestion at seaports and airports. WTDC has now evolved into a full-service Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics Company, specialising in inventory management.
“It’s an honour to continue the Gazitua family tradition of excellence in logistics. My grandparents, father, and uncle are all included on the monument near PortMiami as ‘Pioneers in International Trade and Transportation Industry.’ We build upon that legacy each day at WTDC by providing excellent customer service and attention to detail for our customers.”
WTDC, a Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company in Miami, FL, is celebrating its 40th anniversary of business with the promotion of Sean P. Gazitua as President & CEO. Founded by the Gazitua family on March 8, 1977, the company began as a U.S. Customs General Order Warehouse. A General Order warehouse stores cargo that has been seized by U.S. Customs and helps alleviate congestion at seaports and airports. WTDC has now evolved into a full service Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics Company, specializing in inventory management.
"WTDC's future is focused on building a company that unites technology and best practices with the values we share as a family. We've come a long way since our founding 40 years ago but still maintain our commitment to service and our employees as a family owned company," said Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO.
Mr. Gazitua developed an extensive grasp of Foreign Trade Zone Operations and Logistics Management working his way through the ranks at WTDC as an Operations Manager, Director of Logistics, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and most recently as Vice President. He was integral in building WTDC’s client base of manufacturers and consolidators. The company
specializes in managing inventory in its Foreign Trade Zone, a cost saving measure for its customers. “This year we look forward to growing our existing accounts and further developing our transportation department with air and ocean freight forwarding. We are unique in the local market in that WTDC maintains rigorous- corporate standards of accountability while having the flexibility as a family owned company to customize our operations for our customers.”
Sean P. Gazitua succeeds his father, WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua, as well as his uncle John Gazitua and grandfather Luis Rafael Gazitua, as the third generation of Gazitua to manage the company. “It’s an honor to continue the Gazitua family tradition of excellence in logistics. My grandparents, father, and uncle are all included on the monument near PortMiami as ‘Pioneers in International Trade and Transportation Industry.’ We build upon that legacy each day at WTDC by providing excellent customer service and attention to detail for our customers.”
WTDC is a Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics Company in Miami, FL, family owned and operated by the Gazitua family. Founded on March 8, 1977, the company is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. WTDC is a full service logistics company specializing in inventory management.
For more information, contact:
Sean Powers, Sales and Marketing Manager, WTDC, 305-594-3887, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Gazitua, President & CEO, WTDC, 305-594-7484, email@example.com