|WTDC Newsletter – September 16, 2020 |
– PortMiami and Cruise leaders urge CDC not to extend No Sail Order
– Live Like Bella and Childhood Cancer Awareness
– ProChile Trade Commissioner visits WTDC
– Welcome WTDC Intern Kristina Khudiadova
– MIA receives accreditation for COVID-19 measures
It was an honor to host Raymond Rodriguez-Torres, Chairman of the Board for Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation, at WTDC this week. He is pictured above (center) with my father Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC Chairman (left), and I (right). September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and WTDC presented a silver sponsorship to Mr. Rodriguez-Torres for Live Like Bella’s Get Active for Kids with Cancer virtual event on September 26th, 2020. We welcome you to learn more about Live Like Bella’s role to keep childhood cancer in the spotlight through advocacy, legislation, research, assistance to families affected by childhood cancer.
In other news, WTDC continues to do its part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by sanitizing our workplace, requiring social distancing and the wearing of masks, and encouraging our employees to live healthy lifestyles while minimizing their exposure. WTDC is a Florida Drug Free Workplace and I’m proud to share that our staff passed their random quarterly drug testing last week. WTDC’s C-TPAT Security Profile was approved last week in accordance with the new requirements and we welcome C-TPAT partners to link with us in the portal. If you have any questions about WTDC, or an idea for our newsletter, I welcome you to email me here. – Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO
ProChile visits WTDC
Last week Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO (center right), and Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC Chairman, welcomed Germán Rocca, Trade Commissioner at ProChile USA South East Office (center left), and Jaime Silva Jr., Trade Manager at ProChile (right), to a meeting at WTDC. ProChile assists small and medium-size enterprises in their trade expansion efforts by leveraging trade agreements, fostering public-private partnerships, and helping position Chile in the international marketplace. Stay tuned for updates to this meeting! And we can’t mention Chile this week without wishing our Chilean customers and colleagues a Feliz Fiestas Patrias, as they celebrate Chilean Independence Day on Friday, September 18th!
Cruise and PortMiami leaders urge CDC not to exetend No Sail Order
The September 10th meeting of the Miami-Dade County Tourism and the Ports Committee evolved into a joint push by cruise officials and Miami-Dade officials to request that the CDC not extend the No Sail Order that is in place until September 30th.
Cruise leaders participating in the virtual meeting included Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, Arnold Donald, President and CEO of the Carnival Corporation, Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, and Richard Sasso, Chairman of MSC Cruises in North America.
“We’ve got to get to work,” Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line said. “Enough is enough. It’s been more than six months. We’ve learned a lot.”
Miami Herald: ‘Enough is enough’: Commissioners and cruise execs urge CDC to let cruising resume
Cruise Hive: Cruise Line CEO Says “The Cruise Industry is Close to Devastation” in Miami-Dade Meeting
Welcoming our new social media Intern from FIU
Welcome to the team Kristina! Kristina Khudiakova is a Florida International University (FIU) student and is an Intern for WTDC’s Sales and Marketing Department specializing in social media. Originally from Arkhangelsk, Russia, she is pursuing a major in International Business at FIU and is President of the International Business Honors Society (IBHS).
MIA receives Airport Health Accreditation for its measures to prevent COVID-19
Miami International Airport (MIA) celebrated its 92nd anniversary this week and is also celebrating news that it received Airport Health Accreditation from Airports Council International (ACI) for its best practices and key measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. MIA is the first airport in Florida and only the 3rd airport in North America to receive the accreditation. Click the story from MIA below for more information.
MIA is first airport in Florida, second in U.S. to receive health accreditation from ACI World
Last week I was honored to be included in The Achiever section by Miami Today, a hallmark for business, civic, and government leadership in South Florida. I would like to thank all those from our business and logistics community who responded so generously and reaffirm my commitment to creating more opportunities for young professionals in logistics. I will use any platform afforded by this opportunity to beat the drum that Miami has the infrastructure and talent to shine as an international hub for trade, commerce, and logistics.
Miami Today, The Achiever: Sean Gazitua: Focused on expanding family founded foreign trade zone
Photo credit: Cruise Industry News
PortMiami to receive $335 million in bonds for cruise projects
On August 31st, Miami-Dade County commissioners approved $335 million in bonds for terminal projects at PortMiami. In a time when port revenues have stalled due to a no-sail order in effect until October 31, the bond approvals show Miami’s long-term commitment to the cruise industry. Funds are earmarked for infrastructure projects and the port’s portion of revenue generating capital projects with Carnival Corporation, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line – Bahamas, Terminal Link Miami, and Virgin Cruise Intermediate Limited.
Seatrade Cruise News: PortMiami terminals get $335m boost from Miami-Dade bonds
Cruise Industry News: No Slowing Down Cruise Projects at PortMiami
Miami International Airport takes measures for safe return to increased passenger travel
Miami International Airport (MIA) welcomed back four international airline partners during the month of August: Air Europa, Swiss International Air Lines, Volaris, and Virgin Atlantic.
In a video posted this week, Aviation Director and CEO Lester Sola highlighted the safety measures taken at MIA to prepare for increased airline passenger traffic including redesigning TSA checkpoints for social distancing and increasing janitorial staff.
MIA – Fly Safe, Fly Smart
Boat and Vehicle Transloads
Last week WTDC loaded this boat on behalf of one of our freight forwarder clients. This boat on trailer was 39 feet long, 12 feet high, and was just under 12 feet wide. Due to the height of the boat it was loaded directly at the port. WTDC has the capabilities to transload boats, vehicles, machinery, and heavy equipment in its FTZ yard. A crane can be used to lift out of gauge (OOG) pieces at WTDC for flatbed, flat rack, and open top container loadings and unloadings.
A thank you letter from the Gazitua family – WTDC President & CEO Sean P. Gazitua
In the midst of running a company and raising a family during a pandemic, our family met a challenge that we knew was a possibility but certainly did not expect: my father, my mother, and I all tested positive for COVID-19.
My father Ralph, by the grace of God and with the attentive care of the doctors and nurses at Baptist Hospital in the COVID-19 wing, was discharged on August 5th after battling the coronavirus for two weeks. He is now recovering at home with my mother Cookie; she and I had only minor symptoms and are now testing negatively.
We took all the necessary precautions to limit the spread, such as offering coronavirus testing for all our employees and tenants, quarantining, disinfecting home and office, and keeping social distance. We know that not all families have fared as well during this trying time and our hearts and prayers go out to all those who have been adversely affected.
The Gazitua family would like to thank the logistics community and our professional colleagues for their kind words and prayers, the generosity of plasma donors, the performance of the remdesivir, and the professionals at Baptist Hospital.
Sean P. Gazitua WTDC President & CEO Send your well wishes
U.S. places tariffs on Canadian aluminum, Canada responds
On August 6, President Trump issued a 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum, just weeks after the USMCA trade deal was signed into effect. The proclamation from the White House takes note of a surge of non-alloyed unwrought aluminum imports from Canada from June 2019 to May 2020 as the reason for the tariff. Canada responded by placing $2.7 billion in tariffs on U.S. products.
Fox News: Trump re-implementing 10% tariff on aluminum from Canada
BBC: Canada slaps retaliatory tariffs on US aluminium goods
Photo credit: Travel Weekly
MSC cruises from Genoa again
On Sunday, the MSC Grandiosa departed Genoa, Italy, with 2500 passengers in the first major cruise line sailing since the coronavirus pandemic shutdown. The ship will be operating at 70% capacity for safety purposes, is only open to people residing in Europe’s Schengen area, and all staff and crew were required to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding.
MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato was onboard the Grandiosa’s sailing, saying it was a pleasure to be on the ship and to welcome back guests. MSC Cruises has not announced plans yet to resume sailing in North America.
BBC: MSC Grandiosa: First Mediterranean cruise launches after five-month pause
Travel Weekly: MSC Cruises sails again in Europe
Photo credit: Bloomberg
Pharma supply chains link for common cause
On August 7, Gilead Sciences announced that it is teaming up with 40 companies, including pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer Inc., to ramp up production of the drug remdesivir, an effective treatment for infections caused by the coronavirus, to treat at least 2 million treatment course by the end of the year. 9 additional generic manufacturers will produce the drug for middle and lower income countries.
Bloomberg: Pharma rivals join to fight a common foe
Barron’s: Pfizer Will Help Gilead Sciences Make Its Covid-19 Treatment, Remdesivir
CTPAT stands for Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. Implemented in November 2001, CTPAT is a voluntary joint government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships
that strengthen overall supply chain and border security. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requests that businesses ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate their
security guidelines to their business partners within the supply chain. CTPAT offers businesses an opportunity to play a major role in the war against terrorism and ensure a more secure supply chain for their employees, suppliers, and customers.
WTDC, its executives, management, and other policy-makers commit to participate in the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism “CTPAT” program, and to implement, follow, and maintain procedures, and practices consistent with the CTPAT Importer Security Criteria enforced by Customs and Border Protection (“Customs”.) As participants in the CTPAT program, it is the policy of WTDC to:
• Implement, follow, and maintain procedures and practices that are consistent with the
CTPAT Importer Security Criteria.
• Cooperate with Customs in its efforts to ensure the security of the supply chain.
• Meet the recommended business and security practices.
• Assist in the worldwide campaign to stop terrorism.
• Provide security guidelines and training for WTDC employees, contractors, service
providers, and others associated with the company.
• Provide a safe environment for our employees, customers, vendors, and other visitors.
• Investigate any situation or significant event which may be related to a breach in cargo
security or any CTPAT criteria and notify the proper authorities.
• Review, revise, and update security practices and procedures on a regular basis, or as
CTPAT impacts nearly every department within our organization as well as outside entities such as carriers and foreign suppliers. Security is everyone’s responsibility.
All WTDC employees,contractors, service providers, visitors, and others are expected to comply with the CTPAT Importer Security Criteria as well as any policies, procedures, and instructions issued by WTDC.
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
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.