Masks for event attended by US Surgeon General stored at WTDC
On July 23, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams visited Sergio’s Restaurant in Doral, FL, to announce the kick-off of a mask distribution initiative for hospitality and restaurant workers of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. These masks were donated by the federal government and WTDC is proudly donating warehousing services for this initiative spearheaded by Sergio’s Restaurants CEO Carlos Gazitua in cooperation with state and local governments, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, and the US Health and Human Services Department.
Left to Right: Carlos Gazitua, CEO Sergio’s Restaurants, Carlos Gimenez, Mayor of Miami-Dade County, and US Surgeon General Jerome Adams at Sergio’s Restaurant, Doral, Florida, on July 23, 2020.
NBC6: Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez, U.S. Surgeon General Host Mask Giveaway Event in Doral
The Boca Raton Tribune: Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Partners with US Health and Human Services Department to Keep Florida Hospitality Employees Working Safely
Hurricane Isaias Update
WTDC is actively monitoring the projected path of Hurricane Isaias. As of Friday’s 2 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the storm center is tracking east of Florida and does not pose an immediate danger to South Florida. A Hurricane Warning has not been issued for Miami-Dade County. We are taking the necessary steps to prepare our facility and data for any change of course. WTDC’s hours of operation will follow in the recommendations of the ordinances issued by Miami-Dade County. WTDC Tenants and Customers can refer to our WTDC Hurricane Preparedness Guide 2020 for key personnel and policies. Any updates to WTDC’s hours of operation will be posted our Twitter @WTDC.
WTDC Hurricane Preparedness Guide 2020
WTDC Twitter- Hours of Operation Updates
Please do your part to reduce the spread of COVID-19
We can all do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask and continuing to remain socially distant. If you have already recovered from the virus, we encourage you to consider donating plasma. You can find additional information about plasma donations by visiting the website of OneBlood.
Green Energy Logistics
WTDC is a member of SEIA, the Solar Energy Industries Association. We provide logistics for renewable energies such as solar, hydro, and wind. Our Foreign Trade Zone in Miami, FL, is an ideal location to manage all transportation and inventory control for these projects. From out of gauge solar inverters as large as a container to solar panels that require hands-on care and just-in-time fulfillment, count on WTDC for your next green energy logistics needs.
WTDC: Solar Energy Logistics
Archives for July 2020
In the event of an imminent tropical storm, please use the following WTDC Hurricane Preparedness Guide 2020 to identify key WTDC personnel, WTDC hours of operation, and recommendations to prepare your home and office based on Hurricane Preparedness guidelines from Miami-Dade County. WTDC will follow any closure mandates from Miami-Dade County and will post our hours of operation on our Twitter: www.twitter.com/wtdc.
PortMiami prepares for September cruise line return
In a virtual meeting of Miami-Dade Tourism and the Ports Committee on July 14, PortMiami Director Juan Kuryla said that cargo and trade are helping the port stay open during the pandemic.
“We continue working on plans for the eventual reopening of the port to the cruise industry, which as you know has left a very significant void in this community,” Kuryla said.
PortMiami is undergoing significant changes to safety and health protocols to be ready for the reopening of cruise travel. How soon will the cruises sail again? Royal Caribbean plans to sail from Miami to the Bahamas on September 18 with additional lines to follow on October 1.
WTDC COVID-19 measures
WTDC continues to take measures ensuring that its employees and tenants are operating in a safe and healthy environment.
In response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Miami-Dade County, especially those cases that are asymptomatic, all WTDC employees will undergo free COVID-19 testing next week.
WTDC employees practice social distancing, temperature checks to begin each workday, are equipped with masks and PPE, and the facility is disinfected daily by a cleaning crew.
While Miami’s rollback to some industries have made national and even international news, the cargo and trade industries are still operating with as much passion and dedication as ever. WTDC looks forward to doing its small part to make sure we see the other end of this pandemic in the near future.
WTDC Internship Program
Welcome to the family business Jonah! Jonah Gazitua is a sophomore at FIU and plans to study Business Management. He joined WTDC as an Accounting Intern this summer, following the footsteps of Vera Gazitua, his mother and WTDC General Manager, and John Gazitua, his grandfather and WTDC cofounder.
WTDC was founded in 1977 by Jonah’s great-grandfather L.R. Gazitua, and his two sons: Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC Chairman, and John Gazitua, now Sergio’s Restaurants CFO.
WTDC President & CEO Sean P. Gazitua is the 3rd generation of the family to manage the company and we are happy to have Jonah on board as the 4th generation of Gazituas to work for WTDC!
PortMiami renegotiating terminal deals with MSC and Virgin
Miami-Dade Tourism and the Ports Committee moved along two cost saving amendment proposals to leasing contracts for MSC and Virgin Voyages at the meeting this week.
Changes to the MSC contract will lead to a shared terminal for MSC and Disney Cruise Line in exchange for favorable payback terms for MSC. Combining the two terminals will save PortMiami the significant costs of contributing to new construction on two terminals.
Changes to the Virgin Voyages planned terminal will also be a cost savings for the County in exchange for favorable capital recovery terms.
Miami-Dade County’s resolution on March 19 to close all non-essential businesses allowed for exceptions and Logistics & Warehouses is one of these exceptions (Emergency Order 7-20, Point 2.y., page 3). WTDC is practicing social distancing and sanitizing our workplace with hospital grade disinfectant on a daily basis. We are following best recommendations of the CDC and our officials from Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida.
WTDC is a Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company in Miami, Florida, USA. We have been family owned and operated by the Gazitua family since our founding in 1977, a third generation family business, and specialize in the Duty Free and Travel Retail sector. WTDC is a licensed NVOCC, IAC, and is IATA approved.
New WTDC website launch
This week WTDC relaunched our website wtdc.com. We welcome you to visit! This faster platform will allow WTDC to publish informative content for new and future customers. Visit the new WTDC.com
USMCA trade deal now in effect
On July 1, 2020, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) went into effect. The deal was signed during the G-20 Leaders Summit in 2018 and replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement established in 1994. According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, “The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will support mutually beneficial trade leading to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in North America.” Key elements include: Intellectual Property Digital Trade De minimis Financial Services Environment Click the stories below for additional information.
USTR: USMCA Fact Sheet
WTDC Internship Program
Last week Andre Malha, a student at Palmer Trinity School, completed his summer internship at WTDC. The majority of Mr. Malha’s internship was completed remotely to comply with social distancing guidelines. We wish Mr. Malha continued success in his studies and on the soccer pitch!
WTDC Internship Program
Stay tuned to our social media next week as Sergio’s Restaurants announces their private-public partnership to distribute masks for Miami-Dade County hotels and restaurants. WTDC is donating warehousing and fulfillment services at no-cost for this initiative. Pictured above: Carlos Gazitua, CEO of Sergio’s Restaurants, and Sean P. Gazitua, President & CEO of WTDC.
WTDC – Logistics for Medical Equipment & Supplies
Sergio’s Restaurants – Now delivering Cuban food nationwide
Caribbean reopens for tourist travel – with restrictions
Economies in the Caribbean are opening to tourist travel again and many destinations require COVID-19 testing prior to entry. Increased travel to the Caribbean will bring more passengers through South Florida airports leading to more traffic in the duty free stores, welcomed traffic for many of WTDC’s customers. As South Florida is a major hub for cargo and supplies to the Caribbean, more travelers should also have a positive impact on the cargo levels at South Florida ports. In the Bahamas, a negative COVID-19 test taken within 10 days of entry is required of all tourists or they can take one upon arrival. Aruba also requires testing and opened to Canadian, European, and Caribbean tourists on July 1 – but Americans will have to wait until July 10.
Below is a look at some of some of the tourism reopening dates:
o USVI June 1
o Antigua June 1
o St. Lucia June 1
o Jamaica June 15
o Mexico Cancun area on June 15 o Bahamas July 1
o Aruba July 1
o Dominican Republic July 1
o Puerto Rico July 15
NYT: 5 Caribbean Vacation Destinations Reopening this Summer