August 28, 2023
Water Donation for His House
South Florida Cruise Industry on the rise
MIA on pace for record passengers in 2023
Miami-Dade County to invest millions into PortMiami
The children of Lotus House Women’s Shelter will be ready for the school year! WTDC dropped off 2 carloads full of school supplies yesterday. Thank you to all who donated including our employees and our corporate partners from ASCI, Amerijet International, DFASS Group, First Choice CHB, LAS Worldwide, MVC Transportation, and Uniworld Trucking. Elizabeth Blake, Lotus House Community Outreach Coordinator, pictured with WTDC. Great work WTDC Transportation Manager Castell Chavez on organizing this drive!
I had a fun morning today shooting the new promo video for FIU’s Roar Lounge with my friend, colleague, and FIU Alumni Board President JC Alexander. I currently serve as the Vice President and will assume the President duties after JC’s term ends. Together we are energizing our students and alumni through events like Block Party to support the ongoing mission of FIU. Go Panthers!
Sean Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO
Join your FIU Alumni waterside at the 2023 Panther Block Party! Meet us at Monty’s in Coconut Grove on August 12th for an afternoon of music, food, drinks, giveaways, special appearances and so much more. Bring your friends and family! (children ages 12 and under are free). The Panther Block Party is open to the public, and proceeds support FIU Alumni.
Thank you to Miami-Dade Police Department’s Neighborhood Resource Unit for supervising our Fire Drill today. WTDC conducts two fire drills on a yearly basis to ensure the safety of our tenants and employees.
This week we celebrated a safety milestone: 19 years without an injury accident! Each morning our staff are reminded of forklift safety best practices to protect themselves and their fellow employees.
With Memorial Weekend in the rearview and schools out for summer, finally we are now in the full swing of rainy season in South Florida. Furthermore, WTDC is built above dock height and not in a flood plain. Lastly, WTDC is not located near bodies of water that may swell with the storms.
Preparing our homes and businesses for tropical storms is a way of life here. Consequently over the years we have learned how we can better communicate with our customers and employees to ensure business continuity. As a result we look forward to any questions you may have.
Thank you to our colleagues and customers who reached out to wish me a Happy Birthday on Sunday!
Sean Gazitua, President & CEO
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June 1st marked the official start to the 2023 hurricane season. Soon thereafter Tropical Storm Arlene popped up in the Gulf last weekend but fizzled soon thereafter.
WTDC follows the guidelines of Miami-Dade County Hurricane Preparedness as to when it will stay open or closed in the event of a storm emergency. Therefore, please find our updated 2023 WTDC Hurricane Preparation Guide here.
On Thursday, May 25th, WTDC attended the General Membership Meeting of the Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association (FCBF) at Miami International Airport (MIA). For the first time, an all female executive board was sworn into office. Congratulations to the new team led by President Jenette Prince!
Before this, the keynote presentation from Emir Pineda, Director Marketing & Air Service Development, Miami-Dade Aviation Department, was very insightful. Mr. Pineda highlighted new airlines at MIA, marketing of the Modernization In Action campaign underway to fully rebuild and/or replace most of the 616 conveyances at MIA – 312 elevators, 206 escalators, and 98 moving walkways, construction of a new hotel and new concourses, and the VICC for air cargo.
Logistics Manager Ginger Diez and Sales and Marketing Manager Sean Powers attended from WTDC.
World Environment Day
June 5th was World Environment Day. United Nations organizers urge everyone to be more conscious of how they use and dispose of plastics. The theme this year is #BeatPlasticPollution.
Furthermore, PortMiami is making an environmental impact through shore power and electric rubber-tired gantry cranes (ERTGs). The shore power plan will enable cruise ships to turn off their engines when docked. This will greatly reduce their carbon footprint. Six new ERTGs have recently been added to South Florida Container Terminals for a total of twelve.
Finally, WTDC is taking steps to reduce its own carbon footprint. We recently upgraded our electric forklift fleet, replaced all lighting to LED, replaced old A/C units for newer efficient models, grew our recycling program, reduced paper printing for US Customs documentation, and work with our supply chain partners to minimize environmental impact while still providing timely and cost-effective service.
World Environment Day
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Panama Canal drought forces shipping vessels to cut weight
Beginning today, May 24th, vessels crossing the Panama Canal will be subject to additional transit fees and be required to reduce their drafts by carrying less or reducing the weight of their loads due to a drought affecting the region. Only half the usual amount of rain fell from February to April this year, leading to an expected historic low in July of Lake Gatun – one of the two main lakes on the Panama Canal.
Last week was one for the record books at WTDC. It was a week that saw our family and business values tie together so well. In fantastic sales meetings and then again to a delegation of students and everyone that gathered for my father’s birthday, we had the opportunity to tell our Gazitua family and WTDC company story. Our company core values of God and Family, Health and Education, Community, and WTDC were emphatically on full display.
We invited University of Galway students and sales prospects to tour our Miami Foreign Trade Zone Warehouse. They learned about our company while our employees shared how they impact our community. My mother and I participated in the new FIU President’s Investiture Ceremony. Lastly, my uncle John – a founder and former President of WTDC – tied it all together on Friday. At my father’s birthday celebration he spoke of the importance of spirituality and work ethic that his parents, my grandparents, instilled in the family. We subsequently instilled these values into the company.
Wishing you a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Sean Gazitua, President & CEO
On May 16, PortMiami announced that a record 67,594 cruise passengers passed through its terminals on Sunday, April 9, 2023. The previous record was 58,984 from February 12th of this year.
On May 18, Sean Gazitua had the honor of representing all FIU students and alumni at the Investiture Ceremony for new FIU President Dr. Ken Jessell. Sean carried the Torch of Knowledge as the Vice President of FIU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Sean and his mother Cookie attended the Investiture Ceremony, living our company pillars of Education and Community. Cookie attended in her role as a Senior Board Member of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU. Proud day for WTDC and the Gazitua family at FIU!
On May 16th, WTDC had the privilege of hosting 57 students from the University of Galway – Master of Science in International Management in conjunction with FIU College of Business. Our management staff and Interns from FIU thereafter shared information about WTDC’s logistics services, corporate initiatives, and company values.
On Saturday, May 20th, WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua and his wife Cookie (pictured above) attended the 2023 South Florida Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Law Enforcement Awards. The Gazitua family sponsors a table each year to support the organization that has supported our law enforcement officers for 60 years. Mr. Gazitua served as a Police Chaplain for Miami-Dade Police Department and Everglades Correctional Institution for over 20 years until his retirement in 2021.
On Friday, May 19th, WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua celebrated his 76th birthday with family, friends, and employees at WTDC. Thank you to Miami-Dade County Commissioner JC Bermudez, Saint John Neumann’s Father Alfaro, and all of our friends and family who attended.
Thursday, May 25th, 2023, is Red Nose Day. Each year, WTDC in Miami supports Red Nose Day and its efforts to break the cycle of child poverty as well as to ensure children are healthy, safe, educated, and empowered across the US. Red noses are available for a small donation at any Walgreens location.
Looking for South Florida crossdock or transload services for PortMiami or Port Everglades? Contact WTDC today (firstname.lastname@example.org) for container and flat rack loadings and unloadings in our FTZ bonded 6 acre yard just west of Miami International Airport.
Feliz Semana Santa, Happy Passover, and Happy Easter!
My wife Emely and I enjoyed an incredible evening at the 17th Annual Arsht Gala. The theme was Labyrinth of Enchantment and the Knight Concert Hall was transformed into a beautiful dreamscape. Love the work we are doing as a Board to foster Arts in the community! Thank you to all the staff of the Arsht Center for creating a memorable experience.
Sean Gazitua, President & CEO
Port Everglades hosted Seatrade Cruise Global 2023
Last week Port Everglades hosted thousands of cruise professionals at Seatrade Cruise Global. ‘Forward Momentum’ was the theme and participants enjoyed an exhibition hall with 500+ exhibitors, new cruising food and beverage events, well as panels that explored the cruising experience, technology, and sustainability. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) reported that the sector is rebounding after the pandemic with 33 million expected passenger bookings in 2023, using 2019 for comparison with 29.7 million passengers. The same positive outlook for the $2 billion cruise retail sector continued across the week’s events.
MIA cargo expansion
Miami International Airport (MIA) plans to double its cargo capacity by building a five story public-private cargo hub. The airport will build up because it cannot build out. Modeled after Hong Kong International Airport, the Vertical Integrated Cargo Community (VICC), will expand MIA’s total cargo capacity from 2.5-2.8 million metric tons to 5.5 million metric tons of cargo and is scheduled for completion in 2027.
WTDC is a TSA licensed Independent Air Carrier (IAC) and is IATA approved for cargo on passenger airplanes.
Transportation and FTZ Bonded Warehousing for Duty Free
WTDC has tailored its operations and customer service to fit the specific requirements of FTZ bonded inventory for the Duty-Free and Travel Retail Industry.
WTDC provides global door to door Transportation on behalf of its clients. On a daily basis, we deliver to cruise lines, create airbills for air cargo shipments, and arrange for ocean transportation from origin to WTDC and WTDC to the final destination.
WTDC organizes U.S. Customs documentation to maintain 100% compliance with CBP, TTB, and the State of Florida. For liquor samples, WTDC maintains licensing with the State of Florida and TTB, and is well versed in the COLA waiver process.
WTDC acts as an extension of the Duty-Free and Travel Retail distribution infrastructure for our customers. We have extensive experience handling inventory of duty-free liquor, tobacco, electronics, jewelry, and fragrances.
WTDC recently invested in new racks for the warehouse. Because safety is our first priority and WTDC handles heavy commodities such as spirits, we require an extra sturdy double post welded frame and wedge anchors to the floor. The set up was completed with new beams, wire decks, and post protectors.
Last week marked WTDC’s 46th business anniversary and today the company also celebrated 6800 days accident-free! From the daily security briefing, to facility and equipment upgrades, to our recent C-TPAT recertification, an emphasis on safety and security is part of WTDC’s company culture.
Sean Gazitua, President & CEO
Sean Gazitua mentioned in South Florida Business Journal
Last week WTDC President and CEO Sean Gazitua was mentioned in two articles covering his recent appointment to the Adrienne Arsht Center Trust Board of Directors: South Florida Business Journal and the Biscayne Bay Tribune.
MSC Irina: Largest container ship in the world
This week MSC announced the debut of the world’s largest container ship: MSC Irina. With a capacity of 24,346 TEU, MSC Irina is part of MSC’s largest fleet expansion in history which also includes MSC Tessa. MSC took possession of MSC Tessa on the same day as the Irina and the vessel also boasts over 24,000 TEU capacity.
WTDC’s 46th Anniversary
On March 8th, WTDC celebrated 46 years in business! Thank you to our customers and dedicated team for continuously elevating the company to new heights.
PortMiami 2035 master plan
Last week, Miami-Dade County Commissioners awarded a total of 17.6 million to four contractors for PortMiami’s 2035 master plan – the Seaport’s Capital Improvements Program. The 2035 master plan calls for better efficiency within the current space occupied by the port.
PortMiami welcomes its first LNG cargo vessel
On Sunday, March 12, PortMiami welcomed its first cargo vessel using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel. The vessel was the first container ship in the world to be converted from diesel to LNG.
Global air passenger industry recovered significantly in 2022
The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) reported a strong recovery in the global air space, as total traffic increased 64.4% compared to 2021. All regions saw growth in air travel as restrictions eased.
WTDC is IATA certified to send air cargo on passenger airplanes and is a licensed Independent Air Carrier (IAC).
Contact WTDC for your next air shipment!