WTDC Newsletter – April 4th, 2023
(WTDC will be closed Friday, April 7th in observance of Good Friday)
- President’s Corner
- Port Everglades hosted Seatrade Cruise Global 2023
- MIA cargo expansion
- Transportation and FTZ Bonded Warehousing for Duty Free
- New racks
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.