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WTDC News: Trade Tariff Truce, New NAFTA, Doral Health & Wellness All-Star Showcase

Posted on December 3rd, 2018 at 2:28 pm


WTDC Newsletter - December 3rd, 2018


Happy Hanukkah


Holiday Hours of Operation:


Christmas: Dec. 25 Closed


New Year's: Jan. 1 Closed


U.S. and China Agree on 90-Day Tariff Truce


U.S. President Donald Trump, and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to

hold off on implementing additional tariffs that were slated to begin

January 1, 2019, during a dinner at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires this

past weekend.


The U.S. and China will use the next 90-days to negotiate disagreements on

issues such as agriculture and intellectual property. A White House

statement mentions that if an agreement is not made within the next

90-days, the 10 percent tariff will be raised to 25 percent.


[2]CNBC: U.S., China won't impose additional tariffs after January 1




U.S., Mexico, & Canada Sign Revised Trade Agreement


On Friday, November 30th, the leaders of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.

singed a revised trade deal in Buenos Aires on the first day of the G-20

summit. The aim of this revised agreement is to improve "continental

commerce and making it easier for companies to move goods and supplies

across borders". However, the legislative bodies of these countries still

have to ratify the deal. Additionally, President Trump expressed his plans

to officially withdraw from NAFTA following the G-20 summit. For more

information click the links to the articles below.


[4]USA Today: U.S., Mexico, Canada sign revised trade agreement


[5]NY Times: Trump Says He Plans to Withdraw from Nafta


Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua Speaks on Corporate Health and Wellness Panel


On Thursday, November 29th, The Business Forum Group held its 'Doral Health

and Wellness All Star Showcase' and our Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua spoke on

a panel about WTDC’s Health and Wellness program. Mr. Gazitua explained how

these programs are essential for leading a balanced life while working in a

corporate work environment.


Left to Right, below: Peter De La Torre, President of The Business Forum

Group at Doral, Bernie Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Health

Medical Group, Ralph L. Gazitua, Chairman of WTDC, and Bill Scott,

Executive Vice President of South Florida PBS.




New Intern Joins WTDC Team


Welcome to our new Spring Intern, Paolo Ariano, Florida International

University, 2019. He will be joining our Sales and Marketing department.


Mr. Ariano majors in Economics with a minor in Statistics. After graduating

he plans to attend Graduate school to pursue a MS in Finance and

International Real Estate at FIU. We are excited to have him as part of the

WTDC team! Next newsletter we will introduce Mr. Anthony Sleiman, another

FIU student, who will join us in Spring 2018.


The end of the fall semester results in 3 Student Interns leaving our

ranks. We would like to send our heartfelt thanks and best wishes to our

Interns: Ms. Gabriella Tejeda, University of Miami, Mr. Matias Pinochet,

FIU, and Mr. Jake Lipman, Ohio University. Mr. Lipman graduates next week

from Ohio! We look forward to hearing great things from all of them in the



Marcello Cardillo, our Customer Service Representative, will be studying

next year in Holland. Great adventures in academics and life await them all

and we are happy to be a part of their professional journey!


WTDC's Daniel Fajardo a guest speaker at FIU Language Day


WTDC Accounting specialist Daniel Fajardo was invited to speak at FIU

Language Day. He spoke about his experience learning different languages

like Portuguese and English at FIU. He discussed the necessity of being

multilingual in the logistics industry and how it has helped him succeed





WTDC Holiday Potluck


To kick off the holiday season, WTDC held a Thanksgiving potluck. Our

diverse staff brought together an assortment of culturally inspired dishes,

as well as traditional American Thanksgiving staples. In addition to our

lovely feast, we surprised WTDC Transportation Manager Castell Chavez with

a baby shower to celebrate her pregnancy.


Pajama Drive for His House


Please join WTDC as we support the children of His House Children’s Home

with our 4th annual Pajama Drive. We will be accepting donations of new

pajamas for children from the ages of newborn to 18. The drive will last

until December 14th, 2018. We hope to surpass last year’s donations and

provide even more pajamas for the children who need them most this holiday