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WTDC evolves to better serve Free Trade Zone inventory management Lois Pasternak March 16, 2018 WTDC, a Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company specializing in inventory management for the duty free and travel retail industry, now oversees FTZ inventory management for some of the largest portfolios in the Spirits industry. When WTDC president and CEO Sean P. Gazitua first visited the IAADFS Duty Free show in 2013, he was focused on meeting with his existing customers to review their Operations. "It seemed that everywhere we went, our current customers were introducing us to other suppliers," Gazitua said. "Almost all of them were having the same logistics obstacles that we were resolving on a day to day basis." The company began restructuring to better suit its spirits customers and their client base. WTDC developed spirits-specific standard procedures while considering distinct requirements for each customer. Technology and personnel would become the focus of WTDC's culture shift. Understanding the buying cycles of the duty free market and their need to consolidate orders was also critical. WTDC became a duty free marketplace of sorts, a location where buyers could purchase from multiple suppliers and consolidate under one roof. From COLA waivers and spirits samples to navigating intricate customs regulations for each country, it has been the challenges of its customers that have now become opportunities for the company. WTDC has evolved to provide complete global logistics solutions, elevating itself from a bonded warehouse to include Foreign Trade Zone, Air and Ocean Transportation, and Customs Brokerage services. A temperature control area was also built within the warehouse so customers could warehouse their liqueurs, cognacs, and champagnes alongside their other spirits inventory. Gazitua maintains a longstanding relationship with the developers of their warehouse management system. With his assistance, they built out new platforms and inventory control tools to manage spirits in a Foreign Trade Zone environment. Numerous EDI integrations added to his growing knowledge of systems and the importance of automated processes to facilitate orders and documentation. WTDC also invested in new servers, closed Wi-Fi networks, RFID scan guns, cloud server backups, and firewall technology. As WTDC maintains a robust Internship program with local universities, there were willing and able educated personnel ready to tackle new challenges. Among the processes introduced for the spirits market were KPIs and cargo verification, many of which were completed by the student Interns. Many of these interns that began with the company learning the ins and outs of cargo verification have now become valuable assets as part-time and later full-time employees. The company recently expanded its customer service department and continues to make efforts to streamline all logistics processes for its customers. "Last March we kicked off our 40th year in business and we've significantly grown our spirits customer base this year," WTDC president and CEO Sean P. Gazitua said. "We are excited about what the future holds for our company."
Watching the ships roll in - Maersk Gerda at PortMiami PortMiami reported on October 12th that the Maersk Gerda is the longest and tallest vessel to ever call PortMiami. Gerda is a massive 367m long and 43m wide. For the golfers among us, that's the equivalent of a floating 400 yard par 4! Welcome to the team Carlos Benito - Intern from FIU WTDC welcomes Carlos Benito to the team! Carlos, originally from Spain, is completing a fall Internship with WTDC Sales & Marketing Department and is a senior at Florida International University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. We're looking forward to great things from Carlos! For more information on setting up InternshipsÃ??Ã?Â with FIU students, click here Coming soon: Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show The 58th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will run from November 1-5, 2017. Hundreds of vendors will be displaying their yachts and boats of every shape and size from mega-yachts to kayaks. Did you know that WTDC specializes in the loading of boats into containers for export? This cost effective method is preferred by boat vendors to reduce the price of international shipping. For boats that have a slightly wider bow, WTDC can even secure the boat and trailer vertically within the container. For more on WTDC's boat loading and export, click here. Commerce and NRF data point to rising retail sales in September - Logistics Management article By Jeff Berman, Logistics Management Group News Editor Ã??Ã?Â· October 13, 2017 September retail sales data issued by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF) showed annual gains. Commerce reported that September retail sales at $483.9 billion were up 1.6% over August and 4.4% annually. And total retail sales from July through September rose 3.9% compared to the same period in 2016. View story from Logistics Management: Commerce and NRF data point to rising retail sales in September Ã??Ã?Â Air & Sea Cargo Americas is right around the corner Air & Sea Cargo Americas will be held on November 1 - 3, 2017 at the Miami Airport & Convention Center. Hosted annually by World Trade Center Miami, theÃ??Ã?Â Air & Sea Cargo Americas will bring together top executives from all sectors of the aviation, maritime and logistics industries to exchange views and experiences to enhance the growth of the cargo industry in the Western Hemisphere. The conference and show is designed to: Ã??Ã?Â Ã??Ã?Â Ã??Ã?Â Increase two-way cargo growth and international business in the Americas Ã??Ã?Â Ã??Ã?Â Ã??Ã?Â Present updates on the latest security and safety regulations being used in the Western Hemisphere to secure cargo from the intrusion of biological, chemical or explosive materials Ã??Ã?Â Ã??Ã?Â Ã??Ã?Â Provide a forum on international aviation, maritime and logistics issue in the Western Hemisphere Ã??Ã?Â Ã??Ã?Â Ã??Ã?Â Report on MIA's expanding role as on of the certified pharmaceutical ports. Ã??Ã?Â Click picture below to register for Air and Sea Cargo Americas.
October 4, 2017 WTDC will be open on Columbus Day, Monday, October 9, 2017 FacebookTwitterWTDC LinkedInInstagramEmail WTDCWTDC Website PortMiami posts record number of TEUs in August 2017 PortMiami reports that containerized traffic reached 99,546 TEUs (20 foot container equivalents) in the month of August 2017, an 18.5% percent from the previous year. New services from Hapag-Lloyd and Seaboard Marine have complimented the $1.3 billion infrastructure improvements made to the port. â??The PortMiami team understands that the key to the portâ??s growth and success is largely dependent on our commitment to providing our partners with fast and reliable service,â?? said Port Director and CEO Juan M. Kuryla. â??We canâ??t thank them enough for their trust in PortMiami.â?? (As quoted in SFBJ). Read more from South Florida Business Journal: PortMiami's cargo traffic increases over 18% since last year Read more from American Shipper: Port Miami posts record-breaking month for container volumes PortMiami - Photo: American Shipper Sonic attack spurs U.S. to expel Cuban diplomats and withdraw non-essential employees from Cuba On Tuesday, Oct. 3, the United States announced that it would expel 15 Cuban diplomats from the Cuban Embassy in Washington in light of sonic attacks made upon U.S. citizens and diplomats while in Cuba. This action follows last week's announcement that the U.S. has issued a travel advisory to its citizens visiting Cuba and has ordered all non-essential diplomats and their families to return from the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. While the Cuban government has denounced the attacks and the U.S. has not formally blamed Cuba for the incident, the U.S. has taken the stance that Cuba has failed to protect the health and wellness of U.S. citizens on the island. Read more from CNN: US expels Cuban diplomats following Havana attacks View story from CBS Miami: U.S. urges travelers not to visit Cuba after sonic threat NAFTA review puts Foreign Trade Zones in spotlight Interest by the Trump Administration to renegotiate existing trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and to bolster U.S. exports has brought national interest to U.S. Foreign Trade Zones. FTZ industry leader Erik Autor, president of the National Association of Free Trade Zones (NAFTZ), vocalized his support of U.S. jobs in the FTZ sector and the key elements that should be taken into consideration during any agreement modification during a June hearing with U.S. trade and policy representatives: â??The Association has supported NAFTA because the agreement provides American companies and workers with new opportunities for growth and prosperity, reflects commerce and the economy of the 21st Century, and positions the FTZ program to be even more effective in promoting American jobs and competitiveness,â?? says Autor. Read more from Logistics Management: Foreign Trade Zones in the spotlight Celebrating Ernesto Garcia and his 20 years with WTDC Ernesto Garcia, WTDC Warehouse Supervisor, is celebrating his 20th year at the company. We would like to thank Mr. Garcia for his years of leadership, responsibility, and dedication. He has seen the company evolve from a General Order warehouse to its current Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company status, all the while bringing his positive attitude and years of experience to work each day to make WTDC a better company. Thank you Ernie, WTDC would not be the same without you! Sergio's Restaurants aid in Puerto Rico relief efforts Sergio's Restaurant opened its doors as a drop off point for food and supply donations to aid Puerto Rico in its recovery from Hurricane Maria. Carlos Gazitua, CEO of Sergio's Restaurant, explained that their community restaurants were a reliable and familiar place for concerned South Florida citizens to drop off supplies that would later be collected and transported to the island by Headquarter Toyota. Florida Governor Rick Scott evenstopped by Sergio's Restaurant to lend a helping hand to the relief efforts. He is pictured below (right) with Carlos Gazitua, Sergio's Restaurant CEO (left). Way to go Sergio's! Thank you for assisting our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico during their time of need. Can't make it to Cannes? TFWA & DFNI have you covered TFWA World Exhibition and Conference is underway in Cannes, France. Equal parts showcase, networking, and industry advancement make this one of the Duty Free and Travel Retail industry's biggest events of the year. TFWA has made its daily exhibition publication available online and industry publication DFNI is on-site chronicling the events and exhibition on their blog. WTDC is a logistics service provider for the Duty Free and Travel Retail industry. Many of our clients and their customers are participating at the TFWA World Exhibition and we look forward to seeing the exciting new products and services that will emerge from this year's conference. Read more about WTDC's specialization in Duty Free and Travel Retail Read more from TFWA: TFWA-Daily-2017.1654.0.html" target="_blank">TFWA Daily Read more from DFNI: The DFNI Blog - TFWA Cannes 2017
September 19, 2017 WTDC Newsletter : Hurricane Irma - Keys supplies - WTDC Safety Milestone: 5000+ days accident free - Irma's wake: Duty Free and Travel Retail responds Florida & Caribbean begin Hurricane Irma recovery First Harvey, then Irma, and now... Maria? It seems as if the southern United States and Caribbean can barely rebound from one storm before another is already on its way. Many of us in Miami consider ourselves lucky to have been spared the brunt of the storm. We've certainly learned a great deal about our preparations for both storm impact and recovery. We've also learned a great deal about our neighbors. We are energized by our staff and community's response to each other and to those more affected than ourselves. Continue reading below to support WTDC's supply drive for Florida Keys residents and the Duty Free and Travel Retail community supporting the Caribbean. WTDC opened our offices again on Tuesday, Sept. 12. All staff have reported and it's our pleasure to announce that WTDC made it through the storm unscathed. In fact, thanks to our proximity to the airport grid we never lost power! WTDC took all necessary precautions with our data and physical infrastructure. We completed a full data backup before the storm and we were able to watch our camera system throughout. Our reinforced concrete block structure and roof designed for hurricane winds held up as designed with no damage to report. We would like to send a big thank you to our staff. They have been exceptional despite challenges the storm has presented like debris and power outages. We are proud of their commitment to serving our customers. Our eyes now turn to Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean and hope all those in its path weather the storm well. Supplies Drive for Florida Keys Residents Donations needed! Our friends in the Florida Keys are in major need of basic supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. We are teaming up with ACE Transport to encourage and assemble donations. The plan is to fill up 3 - 5 Truckloads of supplies and drive them down with a convoy of semi-trucks this weekend. Requested items: Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢ Water, Baby items, Non-perishable Foods, Feminine Products, Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Fans, Toiletries. No clothing please. We will be collecting the items at ACE Transport: 10901 NW 146 Street Suite 1, Hialeah Gardens, FL 33018. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cutoff for supplies is Friday, 5 p.m. 5000+ days without an injury accident WTDC is proud to announce the achievement of an important milestone: 5000 consecutive days accident-free! We remain committed to safety through ongoing forklift training, CPR and first aid training, education, random drug screening, fire safety, HazMat training, as well as following best practices from OSHA. Irma's wake: Duty Free and Travel Retail responds WTDC's Foreign Trade Zone is the hub for a number of companies doing business in the Caribbean. In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irma, two Duty Free & Travel Retail companies have pledged their financial support of recovery efforts, among others: International Association of Airport and Duty Free Stores (IAADFS) donates $10,000 to CARICOM's Disaster Emergency Management Agency to help the Caribbean. WEBB Banks created a Caribbean Disaster Relief GoFundMe campaign. Tito's Handmade Vodka will match the first $25,000 in donations. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/WEBBBANKSIRMADISASTERRELIEF to get updates about relief efforts and make donations. At the time of this publishing, they had raised nearly $83,000.00! Onlookers survey the Hurricane Irma storm surge damage in Peacock Park, Coconut Grove, FL. WTDC is located approximately 11 miles from this shoreline area.
For WTDC’s new Health & Wellness Program, we would like to showcase Mr. Miki Erez, founder & CEO of Wheelchair Fitness Solution™, whose story inspired Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC Chairman, who regularly encounters Mr. Erez in his routine Gym visits.
“Miki is a veteran of the Israeli Air Force, In 1973, while serving in a heavy lift helicopter squadron Erez was injured which confined him to a wheelchair.” Despite his injuries, Mr. Erez has been very active in the community, being part of Miami Heat Wheels (Miami’s official NWBA non-profit wheelchair basketball program), of the Achilles Freedom Team of the US Army; and participated in the Palm Beach and Homestead marathon.
Mr. Erez is an active gym enthusiast and after realizing how many people with injuries like his were struggling to keep an active life, he founded Wheelchair Fitness Solution™. His company is developing a prototype machine that will allow individuals with restrictions to exercise in the comfort of their home with full professional efficiency. Please click the linkto watch the video of the machine.
https://www.wheelchairfitnesssolution.com/ - Video or click here
We had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Erez and he answered some questions for us and gave his opinion on WTDC’s Health & Wellness Program.
Q&A with Miki Erez:
Mr. Erez, why did you create your company Wheelchair Fitness Solution?
For many years when I speak with disables individuals, and I tell them what I do for my activities, I found that some people don’t have the ability to go to the gym or to go swimming or to do all kind of different activities, for many reasons.
When I share my experience with these individuals I find out that they have a problem with following the exercises without them having the correct tools or abilities for that. So, I came up with an equipment that can help them do the most possible number of upper body exercises, as simple as possible, and that occupies the least amount of room conceivable.
How long have you been an active gym enthusiast?
I have been involved with sports all my life, not only gym, but running, swimming, exercising and especially after I got injured, I got more into the fitness and the exercises because I wanted to be independent and have a quality life. I wanted to have a long term of fitness.
I play basketball for the Miami Heat Wheels, and I participate in the Achilles Freedom Team of the US Army’s activities: I race with them including the Miami marathon, Palm Beach marathon, Homestead race and other activities. Most of the members of the Achilles Freedom Team are US Army Wounded Veterans.
What keeps you motivated to working out and living a healthier lifestyle?
My biggest motivation is my frustration, I turn it into the fuel that keeps me going. When I come across physical challenges, that are hard for me to accomplish, I get frustrated and try to find a way for me to overcome it. I turn my obstacles into challenges instead of letting them get me down. Most of the training and motivation is comes from your mind, anybody can do anything they want if they set their mind to it. Sometimes when I have pains, I don’t want to do anything, but I focus myself harder and set my mind to it. My reward is to stay healthy fit and Independent.
Mr. Erez, I know you are originally from Israel, what led you to Miami?
The climate in Miami is very similar to Israel. I first visited the USA in 1976 when I came in the celebration of the United States Bicentennial year. I later visited the US again in 1979 when I came with the Israeli Disabled Veterans to honor the USA Disabled Veterans. One of the cities I visited was Miami and I enjoyed it very much. Now I live here with my Family, my wife, children and grandsons.
How long did you serve for the Israeli forces?
From 1968 to 1973, until I had my injury.
Where did you meet Mr. Gazitua?
I met him at L.A. Fitness which is the gym that I go to train daily. I play basketball and lift weights there.
Mr. Erez, WTDC has recently opened a Health & Wellness program free for all its employee’s and tenants to practice a better and healthier lifestyle. What would you think about this program? And would you be interested in participating as a guest speaker?
As you mentioned the subject, I also train people in hand to hand combat with the focus of getting fit with a purpose. I educate people about physical fitness and train them in something that may help them in their life. I learnt the combat art while I was in the Israeli Military.
I personally think that the Health & Wellness Program is a great idea for any company. First, it shows that management cares about their employees, introducing them to opportunities to live a healthier lifestyle by providing them with the correct tools and instructions that will allow them to do it. But it all comes down to the individual’s responsibilities and motivation to be fit.
WTDC Chairman, Guest Speaking at Christian Chamber of Greater Miami
May 16th, Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC Chairman is guest speaking at the Christian Chamber of Greater Miami.
Mr. Gazitua was ordained a deacon at St. Mary's Cathedral by Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy 30 years ago, on May 2, 1987. Deacon Gazitua has balanced his spiritual responsibilities as deacon with his commitments to his family and his career.
Mr. Gazitua is a successful businessman and community leader. He is also well known for his religious service to his church.
Deacon Gazitua is engaged in several church ministries including the Law Enforcement and Firefighters (LEAF) Emmaus. His role in detention ministry at Everglades Correctional, where he leads RCIA and Liturgy of the Word for inmates each week, led to his assignment as Chaplain to Miami-Dade Police Department.
The Gazitua family owns and operates WTDC, a Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company that celebrated its 40th anniversary this March. Ralph is WTDC's Chairman and his two sons are also involved in the company: Luis Andre Gazitua is Legal Counsel and operates his own law firm Gazitua Letelier PA, and Sean P. Gazitua was promoted this year as WTDC's President & CEO.
Over his decorated professional career, Ralph has held appointments to numerous boards including The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County Trust, Beacon Council, FIU President's Council, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and serves currently as Miami Dade College's Chair for Supply Chain Management Advisory Council, and is an inductee of the Miami-Dade College Hall of Fame.
WTDC Featured in IAADFS official photo slideshow
Check out the official photo slideshow from IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas 2017. WTDC President & CEO, Sean Gazitua, and WTDC Chairman, Ralph L. Gazitua made a cameo!
USA & Cuba Relations Update:
OFAC licenses continue to be issued in Trump administration
To date, no major changes have been made to U.S-Cuba policy by the Trump administration to rollback changes made during the Obama administration. A recent article in the Miami Herald listed examples of U.S. companies that have received special permission to operate on the island. U.S.-based broadcast and video facility company Cuba International Network, was recently awarded an OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) license allowing them to do business with Cuban radio and television company RVA.
To read more from the April 4, 2017 article in the Miami Herald by Nora Gámez Torres “Trump administration continues to issue OFAC licenses authorizing business with Cuba.”
WTDC Attends 2017 IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas
Florida East Coast Railway to be acquired by Grupo Mexico
Big news for the transportation industry, Florida East Coast Railway (FEC), Jacksonville based railroad, is to be acquired by Grupo Mexico Transportes S.A de C.V. (GMXT).
Below is an excerpt from article published by Jeff Berman in ‘Logistics Management’ Magazine on March 28th:
"Earlier today, the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) and GMéxico Transportes S.A. de C.V.(GMXT), the transportation unit of Mexico City, Mexico-based miner Grupo Mexico, announced that they have entered into an agreement in which GMXT will acquire FEC in an all-cash transaction, which is expected to close subject to satisfaction of closing conditions.
Various reports said the sale price was $2.1 billion, with Reuters reporting that Grupo Mexico financed the purchase from FEC owner Fortress Investment Group with $1.75 billion in debt and $350 million in capital, based on a company statement for the Mexican stock exchange.”
WTDC: 40 years in business!
Community Involvement: Graduation ceremony for Colombian National Police trained by MDPD SWAT
WTDC Chairman and Miami-Dade Police Department Chaplain Ralph L. Gazitua gave the invocation and benediction for the graduation of the Colombian National Police’s training by MDPD’s special response team.
“It was an honor to give the invocation today for the graduation of the Colombian National Police trained by MDPD. We are blessed to have such skilled officers protecting our community. It is a great outreach program for the MDPD to share its knowledge and expertise so that other communities can benefit from having a highly skilled tactical response team,” said Mr. Gazitua.
Pictured with MDPD Director Juan Perez and the Colombian Lt. Col.
WTDC, a Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company in Miami, FL, is celebrating its 40th anniversary of business with the promotion of Sean P. Gazitua as President & CEO. Founded by the Gazitua family on March 8, 1977, the company began as a U.S. Customs General Order Warehouse. A General Order warehouse stores cargo that has been seized by U.S. Customs and helps alleviate congestion at seaports and airports. WTDC has now evolved into a full service Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics Company, specializing in inventory management.
"WTDC's future is focused on building a company that unites technology and best practices with the values we share as a family. We've come a long way since our founding 40 years ago but still maintain our commitment to service and our employees as a family owned company," said Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO.
Mr. Gazitua developed an extensive grasp of Foreign Trade Zone Operations and Logistics Management working his way through the ranks at WTDC as an Operations Manager, Director of Logistics, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and most recently as Vice President. He was integral in building WTDC’s client base of manufacturers and consolidators. The company
specializes in managing inventory in its Foreign Trade Zone, a cost saving measure for its customers. “This year we look forward to growing our existing accounts and further developing our transportation department with air and ocean freight forwarding. We are unique in the local market in that WTDC maintains rigorous- corporate standards of accountability while having the flexibility as a family owned company to customize our operations for our customers.”
Sean P. Gazitua succeeds his father, WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua, as well as his uncle John Gazitua and grandfather Luis Rafael Gazitua, as the third generation of Gazitua to manage the company. “It’s an honor to continue the Gazitua family tradition of excellence in logistics. My grandparents, father, and uncle are all included on the monument near PortMiami as ‘Pioneers in International Trade and Transportation Industry.’ We build upon that legacy each day at WTDC by providing excellent customer service and attention to detail for our customers.”
WTDC is a Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics Company in Miami, FL, family owned and operated by the Gazitua family. Founded on March 8, 1977, the company is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. WTDC is a full service logistics company specializing in inventory management.
For more information, contact:
Sean Powers, Sales and Marketing Manager, WTDC, 305-594-3887, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Gazitua, President & CEO, WTDC, 305-594-7484, email@example.com
WTDC celebrates its 40 year anniversary
40 years in business! On March 8, 1977, WTDC was founded by the Gazitua family as a U.S. Customs General Order Warehouse. We've come a long way since those days but still maintain our commitment to service and our employees as a family owned and operated Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company.
"WTDC's future is focused on building a company that unites technology and best practices with the values we share as a family," said Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO.
Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC Chairman and former President & CEO, reflected on the values that led to his company's success, "First is God and Family, the core of our values and our responsibility to each other. Second is Continuing Education and Wellness, a sound mind and body are essential to peak performance. Third is Community and Business, giving back and enabling others in education as well as business relationships built upon transparency. And finally, Legacy, seeing that the Gazitua family business and tradition of excellence in logistics continues in a 3rd generation under my son Sean's leadership."
Febuary 1st Newsletter, U.S.-Cuba Relations Updates, C-TPAT Approved, Miami Dade College presents speaker panel 'Realities of Doing Business in Cuba', Miami International Boat Show returns to Miami Marine Stadium - Read More
Sean P. Gazitua named
President & CEO of WTDC
WTDC proudly announces the promotion of Sean P. Gazitua as its new President & CEO. Mr. Gazitua has an extensive grasp of Foreign Trade Zone Operations and Logistics Management, having worked his way through the ranks as an Operations Manager, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and most recently Vice President of WTDC.
Mr. Gazitua succeeds his father Ralph L. Gazitua, now Chairman of WTDC, (as well as his uncle John Gazitua and grandfather LR Gazitua) as the third generation of Gazituas to manage the company which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017.
Two upcoming Cuba speaking engagements for WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua
Realities of Doing Business in Cuba
Miami Dade College, School of Business, Hialeah Campus
Thursday, January 26, 2017
5:30 p.m. EST
Realities of Doing Business in Cuba will feature a panel discussion with the legal, logistics, tourism, and social aspects of doing business in Cuba.
Doing Business in Cuba
A Business Intelligence Online Webinar
Thursday, January, 26, 2017
1-2:30 p.m. EST
Dec 16th Newsletter, Sean P. Gazitua named WTDC President & CEO, WTDC opens office in Sao Paulo, WTDC attends NRF17 in NYC, New Forklifts to start the New Year, US-Cuba Relations Update, Two Upcoming Cuba Speaking Engagements for WTDC Chairman Ralph L - Read More
JOC: Off-dock yard could speed truck turns at Miami port
On December 20, Journal of Commerce reported that PortMIami officials are considering a 100 acre off-dock container yard in western Miami-Dade County to alleviate congestion. As it stands today, the 522 acre PortMiami could only handle 1.6-1.7 TEUs of projected container volume, a target within reach based on 2015's 15% growth to 1 million TEUs handled. Empty containers and chassis could be stored at the off-dock site clearing up space for future infrastructure improvements.
December 29 WTDC Newsletter, PortMiami considers inland container yard, Intern Marcello Cardillo promoted to Marketing Department, WTDC Intern Keving Maloy Maloy travels abroad wth FIU, WTDC Holiday Party Recap - Read More
Holiday Hours of Operation:
WTDC Closed Dec. 26 for Christmas
WTDC Closed Jan. 2 for New Year's
Happy Holidays from WTDC & Friends
U.S. & Cuba relations update:
Royal Caribbean & Norwegian cruises to Cuba approved
This week Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holding (NCLH) announced their approval to set sail from Florida to Cuba. NCLH stated that its first ship traveling to the island will be Oceania's 1,250-passenger Marina, approved for sail in March from PortMiami.
With short stops in Havana as part of a Caribbean itinerary, the recently announced cruises from RCL and NCLH stand to fare better the Carnival Fathom, the first cruise ship to travel to Cuba from the U.S. Carnival announced last month that the Fathom would end its week long cruises to multiple stops in Cuba next spring.
On Thursday, Dec 15th, WTDC President & CEO Ralph L. Gazitua joined Pete De La Torre radio program on WBRN to discuss evolving relationships between the United States and Cuba as well as the Gazitua family legacy which includes WTDC, now in its third generaion of management and ownership by the Gazitua family. Replays on Thursday, Dec 15th, at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Spirits industry addresses Brexit concerns
As the United States awaits new policies from its president elect, the United Kingdom is navigating its exit from the European Union and the Spirits industry is making sure its voice is heard in the process. Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) Chief Executive Miles Beale met with Brexit Minister David Jones in early November to address Brexit related topics such as the movement of skilled workers, competitive and trade concerns, as well as remind Jones of the Wine and Spirit industry's stake in the UK economy as an employer of 600,000 and generator of £45.5bn.
MDC's Dr. Padrón to be honored by Obama administration
Congratulations to Miami-Dade College President Eduardo Padron! This week the White House announced that Dr. Padron will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role overseeing Miami-Dade College and the opportunities it has created for its 165,000 students. Miami-Dade college enrolls and graduates more African American and Hispanic students than any college in the country.
Mr. Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO and an MDC alum, is especially appreciative of Dr. Padron's efforts as he was instrumental Mr. Gazitua's involvement as Chair of the Supply Chain Management Advisory Council of Miami-Dade College.
Photo of Dr. Padron: Miami Herald, J.Moreno
WTDC welcomes football coach Butch Davis to the FIU family
WTDC Vice President Sean P. Gazitua, FIU '04, welcomed new head football coach Butch Davis to FIU at a reception on Wednesday evening. Coach Davis will begin coaching FIU next season and was most recently an analyst for ESPN after head coaching positions at University of North Carolina, the Cleveland Browns, and University of Miami. Davis is knows as a recruiting and offensive guru and the FIU fanbase is ecstatic to have him as their new head coach.
FIU Football Head Coach Butch Davis (3rd from left) pictured with WTDC Vice President Sean P. Gazitua (2nd from left) and members of the FIU Alumni Association and Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Association.
Sound Mind, Sound Body: Working out with the Pros
WTDC President and CEO Ralph L. Gazitua is a workout enthusiast and recently changed up his morning routine. On Friday at 5:30 a.m. he was working out with his new trainer Jose Rodriguez (pictured far left) and a squad of Major League Baseball players including (left to right) Gerardo Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Ehire Adrianza from the San Francisco Giants, Golden Glove winner Ender Inciarte from the Atlanta Braves (pictured behind Mr. Gazitua), strength and conditioning coach Cesar Paublini, and Gregor Blanco from the San Francisco Giants.
Arts & Culture: Art Lecture at Cernuda Arte
Join Dr. Alejandro Anreus and the Chile-US Chamber of Commerce for his lecture on Political Art of Latin America on Friday, November 18th. All are welcomed to attend.
Political Art of Latin America, Dr. Anreus
Presented in conjunction with:
Dayron González: From Green to Red
3155 Ponce de Leon Blvd.,
Friday, Nov. 18, 7-10 pm
ABOUT ALEJANDRO ANREUS Ph.D.
Alejandro Anreus was born in Havana, Cuba, and came into exile with his family in 1970.
Since 2013, Dr. Anreus has been President of the board of the Joan Mitchell Foundation in NYC.
Anreus received his Ph.D. in art history from the Graduate Center, CUNY. He was curator at the Montclair Art Museum (1986-1993) and the Jersey City Museum (1994-2001). Since the year 2001, Dr. Anreus has been professor of art history and Latin American Studies at William Paterson University.
FIU students meet Indian service project partner
In honor of FIU guest speaker Anup Nair and his wife Raji, WTDC President and CEO Ralph L. Gazitua joined the FIU International Business Honors Society (IBHS) students and their factuly advisor FIU Professor David Wernick for dinner after Mr. Nair's lecture on November 8th. Mr. Nair is the service project partner of the FIU IBHS initiative in India to support women entrepreneurs. WTDC has provided a scholarship for students to attend this service project for the last two years.
Read more about this FIU IBHS service project:
US & Cuba relations update:
Lifting of Cuban rum and cigar limits for U.S. passengers
On October 17, a number of new regulations went into effect concerning U.S. policy towards Cuba, the sixth such update since announcements were made to normalize relations in December 2014. The headliner of these changes was the lifting of limits placed on items being brought back by passengers as luggage to the U.S, notably on Cuban rum and cigars.
Other important updates eliminated a 180 waiting period for vessels entering the U.S. that had most recently docked in Cuba. Agreements for further cooperation in medicine, use of Cuban-origin pharmaceuticals, and education were also announced. Click below to read the updates in their entirety.
AT&T introduces call, text,
and data service in Cuba
On October 18th, AT&T announced its international cellular roaming service now covers Cuba. AT&T subscribers will be able to call, text, and use internet services on the island. Sprint and Verizon began offering these services in fall 2015.
WTDC President and CEO Ralph L. Gazitua addresses the crowd at the Preparing for Trade with Cuba Conference 2016 on October 13, 2016. Photo Credit: Roberto Koltun, Miami Herald
Recap of Preparing for Trade with Cuba 2016 Conference
On October 13, a day before the White House announced its most recent changes to Cuban policy, the conference \'Preparing for Trade with Cuba 2016\' explored the evolving legal and business climate of normalized U.S. relations with Cuba.
Many of the speakers commented that while the barriers to business and trade are slowly coming down on the U.S. side, the embargo is still very much in effect and so far their has been limited success by U.S. companies actually finalizing business within Cuba.
Two companies who discussed their current deals in Cuba were Stonegate Bank and Delta Air Lines. Delta Air Lines representative Leonor Villanueva announced that the company will fly to Havana direct from Miami, Atlanta, and New York\'s JFK beginning December 1, 2016.
Dave Seleski, President & CEO of Stonegate Bank, discussed Stonegate\'s trailblazing role as the first U.S. bank in Cuba and the first to offer a credit card accepted at Cuban hotels, restaurants, and other card accepting merchants.
WTDC President and CEO Ralph L. Gazitua holding his Stonegate credit card which is accepted in Cuba during the Preparing for Trade with Cuba Conference 2016 on October 13, 2016. Photo Credit: Roberto Koltun, Miami Herald
WTDC renews scholarship at FIU
Ms. Andrea Alonso, FIU Finance \'17, was the recipient of a scholarship from WTDC through FIU\'s International Business Honors Society (IBHS) on October 12th. Ms. Alonso submitted a winning essay introduced during an IBHS lecture by Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC President and CEO.
FIU IBHS completes an annual service project and the students will return to India where they are working with a group of women to create a source of sustainable income through craft work. Last year\'s recipient, Ms. Sofia Garcia-Wolter, also attended the service trip to India and became an FIU Intern. She was among the group of FIU students and faculty gathered during the presentation to Ms. Alonso. We wish Ms. Alonso continued success in her studies and future career aspirations!
Jose M. Aldrich, Acting Dean FIU College of Business, Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC Vice President, Andrea Alonso, FIU Student, Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO, David Wernick, Senior Lecturer & R. Kirk Landon Teaching and Student Engagement Fellow FIU College of Business, Donald Roomes, Senior Instructor, College of Business
Sergio\'s Cuban opens in AmericanAirlines Arena
With basketball season warming up, AmericanAirlines Arena decided to add some Cuban flavor to the venue. The home of Miami Heat will now be serving Sergio’s Cuban. The Miami-based restaurant chain is ready to serve up their Cuban staples to Miami’s sport and concert lovers alike.
CEO of Sergio’s Restaurant Carlos Gazitua is looking forward to serve Miami Heat fans Cuban comfort food.
“It’s an honor to open up shop at the home of Miami Heat,” Gazitua said. “Event goers are going to love our homemade empanadas, croquetas, Cuban bowls, pan con bistec, and our award winning Cuban sandwich.”
Sergio’s fast casual concept will definitely catch the eyes of Miami Heat fans. Their stand is taking over the Latin Flavors Zone on the first floor of AmericanAirlines Arena.
Sergio\'s CEO Carlos Gazitua next to the company\'s new stand in AmericanAirlines Arena.
Arts & Culture:
Narciso Rodriguez at the Frost
Famed designer Narciso Rodriguez opened his exhibition \'An Exercise in Minimalism\' with two receptions at the Phillip and Patrica Frost Art Musuem on October 15th and 16th. Cookie Gazitua, a Frost board member, assisted in organizing the well attended exhibition.
Cookie Gazitua, Pablo D. Cano and Narciso Rodriguez.
Ralph L Gazitua, Barbara Pimentel, Ivana Perez, & Juan Talleda. All photos credit World Redeye.
PortMiami growing its perishable traffic from Latin America
PortMiami has been working with the USDA in a cold treatment pilot program for perishables since 2013. As the closest US port of call to Latin America, PortMiami is a natural gateway for perishables but concerns over bug infestations formerly required shipping some fruits all the way north to ports past the 39th parallel (Philadelphia became the hub of choice) then trucking the fruits back down to the southeast. Treatments can now be done at sea or prior to export on select fruits and citrus, thereby reducing the time to market.
Eric Olafson, PortMiami Trade Development and Foreign Trade Zone 281, was interviewed by Fruitnet's Jeff Long in an article published Monday on perishables at PortMiami: PortMiami broadens its appeal. Click here for the article
Brazil's national spirit Cachaça
in the Olympic spotlight
It seems that no media segment covering the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro would be complete without live preparation of a Caipirinha, a simple cocktail consisting of Cachaça, raw sugar, and lime wedges over ice. The Caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil and Cachaça is the country's national spirit derived from pure sugarcane at an alcohol content between 38 to 48 percent alcohol by volume.
Did you know? Cachaça was formally recognized as a distinct product by the U.S. as part of a 2012 trade deal that reciprocated designations for Tennessee whiskey and Bourbon whiskey as distinctly American. These labels ensure that only the products produced in their native region can be labeled and sold within the other country, much like how the 'Champagne' moniker is reserved for vintages produced in northern France.
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Safety update: MDPD assists in WTDC fire drill
On August 10th, WTDC conducted a fire drill so that all WTDC employees and Tenants could become familiar with proper evacuation procedures. WTDC has been doing these fire drills twice per year with the assistance of our fire alarm company AFA and the Miami Dade Police Department. Each fire drill has proven to be more efficient than the last, with all tenants and employees clearing the building this drill in just over 2 minutes.
Recap of DBC Signature Breakfast:
Sizzling Hot Trade Talk
On August 9th, the Doral Business Council (DBC) hosted "Sizzling Hot Trade Talk," part of its monthly Signature Breakfast series. Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO, shared his experiences on the changing business climate with Cuba and discussed how the global economy can have a direct effect on the logistics industry.
International Business Reporter for the Miami Herald Mimi Whitefield moderated a panel of International Trade speakers including Elena Mendez, Eastern Region Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), Victor Mora, Managing Director of Lennox Global, and J.Steven Fancher, President & CEO of Florida Export Finance Corp (FEFC), and Mr. Gazitua.
Florida Export Finance Corp (FEFC) is a not-for-profit corporation with the mandate to expand employment and income opportunities to Florida residents by increased exports of goods and services resulting from assistance given by the FEFC to Florida. For more information on their programs to assist Florida based exporters, you can visit their website www.fefc.biz
Barbara Pimentel, Executive Vice President/Director for the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association (FCBF) pictured with Ralph L. Gazitua, President & CEO of WTDC at the DBC Signature Breakfast on August 9, 2016.
Cuba-US relations update:
Secretary Kerry visits Miami, weighs in on Carnival Cruise line policy excluding Cuban Americans
This week U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Miami to discuss the diplomatic re-engagement of Cuba with Cuban-American leaders and speak at Miami Dade College for its Honors Ceremony.
Sec. Kerry condmened Carnival Cruise Line's adherence to a Cuban law which does not allow Cuban born citizens to return to the island via boat. Carnival is now sailing to Cuba from PortMiami and its policy to exlcude Cuban Americans has caused considerable controversy.
IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas Wrap-Up
Another succesful IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas is in the books! It was great to see so many familiar faces as we discussed our Foreign Trade Zone Warehousing and Logistics capabilities for the Duty Free & Travel Retail industry.
While WTDC President & CEO Ralph L. Gazitua and Vice President Sean P. Gazitua were busy at the show, construction was completed on our 5000 sq.ft. expansion to our FTZ Temperature Control area. We are now better suited than ever to serve this industry and we look forward to an opportunity to discuss our services with you.
IAADFS is a trade association supporting the airport duty free stores and the companies that supply them. Annually IAADFS hosts Duty Free Show of the Americas, the largest Duty Free and Travel retail trade show in the hemisphere.
2015 a banner year for Spirits
Sales of whiskey fueled another year of growth for the Spirits industry in 2015, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS). Demand for American made Rye, Bourbon, and Tennesse whiskeys grew 7.8%. Bourbon also lead all exports with $728 million in shipments in 2015.
1948 Chrysler Windsor ready for export at WTDC
By Sofia Garcia, 4/1/2016
For ten days in March, I traveled to India with the International Business Honor Society from Florida International University (FIU) for a community service project. We worked with a women’s cooperative in Bandwhari, a village in the outskirts of Gurgaon near Delhi. In our free time, we also volunteered at a local government school.
The village, like most others in the region, is very conservative and traditional. Most women in the village are married by age 18 with child baring expectations soon to follow. The majority of women receive no formal education therefore limiting their work opportunities. Hence, the idea was to help these women create a sustainable business within the village that also adhered to and respected their traditional views.
Moroccan poufs were selected as the product for the project after much discussion. Not knowing how to make one myself, I practiced for several weeks in order to be able to teach the women how to make them. Once in India, we demonstrated how to create the patterns and properly stitch them together. We also taught them how to use Microsoft Excel in order to keep track of the simple finances of the business. The women are now selling the poufs in local Indian markets. In the future, the organization will also be helping the Bandwhari women with the exporting and selling of these artisanal items within the United States. The ultimate goal is to empower these young girls through business and also help them create additional income for their households. Yearly trips will continue to be made in order to help make this a sustainable project.
Sofia Garcia (FIU ’17) is an Operations and Customer Service Intern at WTDC. She is the recipient of a WTDC scholarship to FIU’s International Business Honor Society for the India community service project.
Cuba readies for la Feria Internacional de La Habana (FIHAV)
From November 2-7, Havana, Cuba, will be host to the country's largest trade fair la Feria Internacional de La Habana (FIHAV). Over 4500 national and foreign exhibitors from 60 countries will be displaying their goods and services at the sprawling Expocuba fairgrounds.
WTDC President & CEO Ralph L. Gazitua and Vice President Sean P. Gazitua will be in attendance to support their clients with interests in the country. This trip to Cuba will be Ralph's fourth visit this year and the third for Sean.
Duty Free and Travel Retail: Where are the biggest savings?
In an article last week, The New York Times broke down the shopping basics for American travelers looking to return to the States with Duty Free and Travel Retail purchases. Liquor and Tobacco purchases can represent a savings for savvy shoppers because of the high duty rates assessed to those products. Americans are allowed up to $800 worth of non-dutiable products upon returning from a foreign country (with some conditions), then the next $1000 of purchases are assessed a flat 3% duty, and any remaining value above $1800 is assessed via the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS).
While the article contains a viewpoint that not all Duty Free purchases can be bargains, the same could be said of any uninformed shopping experience. The article eventually weighs-in with enough factual information to aid the informed traveler and shopper.
WTDC's Foreign Trade Zone is a distribution point for Duty Free and Travel Retail items such as Liquor, Tobacco, Cosmetics, and Electronics.
Join the CSCMP Roundtable on Cuba
CSCMP Roundtable on Cuba
Date/Time: Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Presentation - 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M
Address: Nova Southeastern University
Carl DeSantis Building
3301 College Avenue
Davie, Florida 33314
Join Ralph L Gazitua, President and CEO of WTDC and Dan Gardner, President of Trade Facilitators, Inc. for an evening's discussion on business opportunities that are emerging in Cuba. During the event, Dan Gardner will provide an update on U.S. trade regulations with Cuba and Ralph Gazitua will share his recent on-the-ground experiences in developing commercial opportunities there.
WTDC awards scholarship to
FIU IBHS student
Congratulations to Ms. Sofia Garcia Wolter, FIU '17, recipient of a WTDC scholarship and internship. Ms. Garcia Wolter is a member of the FIU International Business Honor Society (IBHS) which hosted Mr. Ralph L. Gazitua as a guest speaker on October 20. Mr. Gazitua's presentation about entrepreneurship focused on the principles of family, faith, and health; plus the importance of those factors while pursuing business opportunities.
An essay contest was announced during the presentation with the proceeds going towards the winner's FIU IBHS Service Trip to India and Ms. Garcia Wolter submitted the winning essay. On Oct. 27, Ralph Gazitua, Sean Gazitua, and Sean Powers from WTDC presented a $1000 check to Ms. Garcia Wolter and FIU IBHS Advisor and Professor David Wernick, pictured below.
Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC Vice President, is a proud alumnus of FIU's International Business Program and is now actively involved with the FIU President's Council and the FIU Alumni Association Athletics Subcommittee, pictured here with his father Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC President and CEO.
A GMCC Event: The Business of Education: Returning Your Investment in the Community
The Business of Education: Returning Your Investment in the Community
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is hosting an education summit on November 9. WTDC President & CEO Mr. Ralph Gazitua has been invited to participate as a panelist and will be representing the Miami Dade College (MDC) Supply Chain Management Advisory Committee as well as the internship programs of MDC and WTDC.
Delegation of Colombian university students visits WTDC
Thank you to the great students of Universidad de Boyacá for coming to visit WTDC as part of a program through the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. These students received a presentation on Miami's importance as a logistics hub and the advantages of Foreign Trade Zones from WTDC President & CEO Ralph L. Gazitua.
International Business Seminars hosted by San Ignacio College
San Ignacio College and the Graduate School of the University San Ignacio de Loyola in Peru are organizing a series of international seminars in Miami during the month of November 2015 focused on business opportunities in Chile, Colombia and Peru.
PERU, CHILE & COLOMBIA: HOW TO ACCESS THESE KEY MARKETS IN THE PACIFIC ALLIANCE
Date: November 16-18
Address: San Ignacio College - Miami
3905 NW 107th Ave, Suite #301,
EL MERCADO DEL ESTADO DE FLORIDA COMO UN PUNTO DE ENTRADA Y EXPANSION PARA EL MERCADO DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS
Date: November 18-21
Address: San Ignacio College - Miami
3905 NW 107th Ave, Suite #301,
Ralph L. Gazitua, President and CEO of WTDC, and Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC Vice President, are traveling with their family to Havana, Cuba, from September 18-21 to see the Holy Father Pope Francis as part of the pilgrimage from the Archdiocese of Miami led by Archbishop Wenski.
This will mark the third papal encounter for Mr. Gazitua, as he had an audience with Pope John Paul II in Miami in 1987 just months after his diaconate ordination and traveled with his eldest son to Cuba in 2012 to see Pope Benedict. Ralph Gazitua is a Permanent Deacon of the Catholic Church and his spiritual vocation is detention ministry. He is Chaplain to the Miami Dade Police Department and Everglades Correctional Institution.
CBS 4- Local Volunteer Chaplain Headed to Cuba for Pope Visit
Miami Herald - (9/18/15) For pilgrims in Cuba, a chance to connect to roots, religion (By David Smiley, Joey Flechas, and Volker Ter Haseborg)
Impact with Jackie Nespral for September 13, 2015
NBC 6 - Miami Catholics Prepare to go to Cuba for Pope Visit
ABC - Pilgrim Seeing Pope 'like being at the Super Bowl'
Welcoming Cuban entrepreneurs to review best practices
While in Havana to witness the raising of the US flag over the US Embassy, WTDC President & CEO Ralph L. Gazitua had an opportunity to meet a number of Cuban entrepreneurs. Over dinner at Atelier restaurant in Havana, Mr. Gazitua learned much about their opportunities as business owners but also the challenges they face in Cuba.
Ralph L. Gazitua knows how hard it is to survive in the restaurant industry; his nephew is Carlos Gazitua the successful CEO of Sergio’s Restaurants, a Cuban restaurant chain with over forty years in business in South Florida. Sergio’s is the first national Cuban restaurant franchise in the U.S. with plans to expand nationally.
Sergio’s founder Blanca Cabrera is the first Hispanic woman on the National Restaurant Association Board. Like Blanca, Niuris Higueras is a passionate entrepreneur with big goals of growing her small business in Cuba. Niuris runs Atelier, a small restaurant in Havana.
Niuris Higueras (Left), Owner of Atelier Restaurant of Havana, Cuba, pictured with Carlos Gazitua (Right), CEO of Sergio's Restaurants of Miami, Florida, USA.
This week Carlos Gazitua and Nuiris Higueras had lunch at Sergio's restaurant in Doral to exchange ideas and best practices of running a small business. Carlos shared Sergio’s organization of product sourcing, employment, labor, and technology which helps maintain each location. They even discussed how to maintain a clean restaurant, synergy opportunities and of course, Cuban food.
Carlos Gazitua enjoyed his conversation with Niuris. “The private small restaurant business in Cuba is in an early stage and has many challenges,” Gazitua said. “Sharing best practices with industry leaders can have a significant impact on the sector in Cuba. Hopefully meetings like today urge Cuba's entrepreneurs to demand more access to information, goods, services and products from the Cuban government; and in turn grow local economies for the Cuban people"
USA Today features WTDC
As formal relations between the United States and Cuba continue to evolve, so do the business opportunities that exist for U.S. companies within Cuba. Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO, was quoted in the August 24th USA Today article 'Cuba and Iran not quite open for business' by Charisse Jones:
"I jumped on it," he says of the new opportunity. "We want to be able to break ground.... That's why we decided to go there."
To read the USA Today article in its entirety, please click here
For more information on WTDC Cuba Consulting services, please click here
New Video for MDC's School of Supply Chain Management
This week a new promotional video was released to promote Miami Dade College's BAS in Supply Chain Management. Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO, makes a cameo in the video and highlights MDC's goal to make its program one of best in the country. Currently, Mr. Gazitua is Chair for the Miami Dade College Supply Chain Management Advisory Committee. Click the pic below to jump to video...
WTDC welcomes new Intern
We are pleased to introduce a new intern at WTDC: Mr. Matthew Hertzog. A native of Miami, Hertzog is a recent Florida State University (FSU) graduate and is pursuing a Masters in International Business. He is currently working in Sales and Marketing focused on international business development. WTDC has worked with 47 student Interns over the last 5 years, preparing them for careers in management and logistics.
As formal relations between the United States and Cuba continue to evolve, so do the business opportunities that exist for U.S. companies within Cuba. Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO, was quoted today in the USA Today article ‘Cuba and Iran not quite open for business’ by Charisse Jones:
“Miami-based businessman Ralph Gazitua has flown to Cuba twice this year. His logistics company, WTDC, a designated "foreign trade zone'' that handles the shipping of goods to international destinations, consults and handles shipping for companies looking to send state-approved commodities to Cuba.
"I jumped on it,'' he says of the new opportunity. "We want to be able to break ground . ... That's why we decided to go there.''
To read the USA Today article in its entirety, please click here
For more information about WTDC Cuba Consulting services please click here
On Friday, August 14, the American flag flew above the U.S. Embassy in Havana for the first time in 54 years. In a small ceremony broadcast around the world, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke of the restoration of diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba. The ceremony included an introduction by U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, an oration by Cuban American Richard Blanco of his poem of hope for the two countries separated only by the Florida Straits, and the flag raising ceremony featuring the same three US Marines who lowered the U.S. flag from the Embassy in 1961.
Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO, was honored to attend both the raising of the flag at the Embassy and a flag raising at the residence of US Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis. Since President Obama’s announcement of the intent to restore relations between the US and Cuba last December, Mr. Gazitua has been involved in numerous high level meetings forecasting the coming changes. WTDC offers consulting services for companies looking to send state approved commodities to Cuba.
The participation of U.S. Marines Jim Tracy, F.W. "Mike" East, and Larry C. Morris (pictured above with Mr. Gazitua) was truly a patriotic highlight. These Marines made a promise to one day return to Havana to see the U.S. flag fly again above the U.S. Embassy.
All photos courtesy of Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC
Watching the U.S. Marines raise the American flag in the U.S. Embassy-Havana.
The U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba.
Mr. Gazitua walks with Secretary Kerry across the grounds of the residence of US Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis.
Mr. Gazitua pictured with U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, current US chagre d'affaires in Havana at his residence.
Mr. Gazitua pictured with the US Marines currently stationed in Cuba and the American Eagle that once adorned the USS Maine Memorial in Havana.
About WTDC: WTDC is a Foreign Trade Zone in Miami, Florida, USA, family owned and operated by the Gazitua family since its founding in 1977. WTDC is a full service logistics company specializing in international distribution and global transportation management. We provide transportation services via Road, Rail, Air or Ocean. WTDC specializes in servicing the Duty Free and Travel Retail industries. Phone: 305-594-7484 www.wtdc.com
First cruise line from Miami to Cuba gets approval
On July 7th, Carnival Corporation received approval from the US Department of Treasury and US Department of Commerce to introduce the first cruise line to sail from the US to Cuba. Under their newly-formed Fathom brand, this line is set to begin operations in May 2016 and is focusing on "social-impact" travel which falls in line with the approved categories for legal tavel to Cuba. The seven-day cruises will be departing from PortMiami with premium pricing, $2,990 per person and up.
Port Everglades expansion
On July 8, Port Everglades gained approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers as well as a commitment of $1.2 million toward its engineering and design phase. The plan to deepen the channels from 42 to 48 feet would allow Port Everglades to acommodate Post-Panamax megaships. The $300+ million dredging project, is now moving onto the engineering and design phase expected to take up to two years. The following contruction phase is expected to take an additional three years.
WTDC has a full range of transportation services available to its customers and makes booking via Road, Rail, Air, and Ocean on a daily basis.
Miami Dade College
honors distinguished Alumni
At the 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Gala, distinguished individuals representing a variety of industries were honored by Miami Dade College.
WTDC President & CEO Ralph L. Gazitua, a 2009 inductee, was in attendence to welcome the new inductees of the MDC Alumni Hall of Fame. He currently gives back to the school by serving as Chair for MDC's Supply Chain Management Advisory Committee.
WTDC President & CEO Ralph Gazitua, left, and wife Cookie Gazitua, are pictured at the event with President & CEO of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Barry Johnson and President & CEO of Professional Bank Raul G. Valdes-Fauli
WTDC welcomes new Intern
We are pleased to introduce a new Intern at WTDC: Mr. Javier Cepeda. Mr. Cepeda is a Florida State University (FSU) graduate and is pursuing a Masters in International Business. He is currently working in Sales and Marketing. WTDC has worked with 45 student Interns over the last 5 years, preparing them for careers in management and logistics.
Employee of the Year
Congratulations to Andres Martinez, our WTDC Employee of the Year for the fiscal year 2014-2015. Andres goes above and beyond his Maintenance duties, he consistently keeps a proactive attitude, and maintains a safe and clean work environment.
US announces plans to open Embassy in Cuba
On Wednesday, July 1, President Obama announced plans to formally re-establish diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba including the opening of embassies in the respective capitols of each country.
Your Project Cargo logistics service provider: WTDC FTZ 281-4
Project and Out-of-Gauge Cargo require the proper infrastructure to be handled effectively. WTDC's oversized yard is ideally situated to handle FTZ and Domestic cargo of all sizes. WTDC regularly uses cranes for Heavy Lift Transfers and performs smaller operations with its 15,000 lb Forklift.
WTDC has an on-site Packing and Crating Department that can crate (or re-crate) anything from engine parts to HVAC systems, all in ISPM-15 Compliant materials.
WTDC attends WCA Conference
WTDC Vice President Sean P. Gazitua attended the WCA Network's Sino-Americas Regional Conference in Miami, June 20th-23rd. Mr. Gazitua met with our agent partners from Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Italy, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Spain, and Vietnam, among others.
WTDC has a full range of transportation services available to its customers and makes bookings via Road, Rail, Air, and Ocean on a daily basis.
FCBF signs Internship MOU with Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College's Supply Chain Management students now have the opportunity to further develop their experience in logistics through a newly introduced Internship program with the Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association (FBCF).
At its General Membership Meeting on June 24, FCBF signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with MDC. The MOU outlines FCBF's role as an Internship hub and conduit for MDC Supply Chain Management student Internships. FCBF is concurrently training its members on how to establish Internships and what can be expected of the incoming MDC students.
WTDC President & CEO Ralph L. Gazitua introduced the MOU at the meeting. He is Chair for MDC's Supply Chain Management Advisory Committee.
Miami welcomes WCA Conference
The WCA Network's Sino-Americas Regional Conference comes to Miami June 20th-23rd. Consisting of over 5800 member offices in 187 countries, the WCA network is the largest and most powerful organization of independent freight forwarders. WTDC will be meeting with agent partners from Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Italy, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Spain, and Vietnam, among others.
Cuba-US update: Senate bill and Papal visit
Last week Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) introduced a bill to lift the embargo, especially as it pertains to agriculture and farming interests, and enable extensions of credit to Cuba.
Pope Francis will visit the cities of Havana, Holguin, and El Cobre, during his visit to Cuba from the 19th-22nd of September. Pope Francis was an integral part of opening the dialogue between the United States and Cuba.
FCBF to introduce Internship plan
At its General Membership Meeting on June 24, the Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association (FCBF) will roll out its Internship Program developed in coordination with Miami Dade College's Supply Chain Management Program. The purpose of the Internship program is to prepare Miami Dade College students for our logistics community and for FCBF to serve as a resource for its members interested in developing interns. WTDC President & CEO Ralph L. Gazitua will be a guest speaker as he is Chair for MDC's Supply Chain Management Advisory Committee.
WTDC welcomes 2 new Interns
We are pleased to introduce two new Interns at WTDC: Mr. Felipe Angulo from Florida International University (FIU) and Ms. Argiroth Lizardi from Miami Dade College (MDC). Mr. Angulo and Ms. Lizardi are both working in Operations Customer Service. WTDC has worked with 45 student Interns over the last 5 years, preparing them for careers in management and logistics.
Left to Right: Hernan Gutierrez, Director ProChile USA, Ralph L. Gazitua, President & CEO WTDC, Sebastian Estades, President Chile-US Chamber of Commerce, Sacha Garafulic, Trade Commissioner Pro Chile Miami
From market analysis to trade, logistics, legal, and market entry services, the seminar and workshop presented a well-rounded outlook to the hundreds in attendance. ProChile Director Roberto Paiva outlined how the growth of the US economy and current exchange rate presents an immediate opportunity for Chilean SMEs to promote their exports to the US. ProChile in Miami Commercial Director Sacha Garafulic and Enterprise Florida Director of International Trade Development Ilona Vegas expanded on the opportunity by highlighting the unique advantages of the southern US states, namely their large population, quality of life, and strong logistics infrastructure. For companies ready to relocate or establish an office within the US, Branch USA Managing Director Jaime Silva Jr. introduced his company’s market entry services.
This seminar was the first of its kind for the Chile-US Chamber of Commerce. The Miami-based organization led by President Sebastian Estades has a directive to promote trade and commerce between the US and Chile and to encourage their cross-cultural understanding. By having more events in Chile, the Chamber will be a more accessible resource to its community. Chile-US Chamber Vice President Jaime Silva coordinated 4 additional seminars with ProChile in Santa Cruz, Talca, La Serena, and Ovalle, all within an 8 day period. Over 500 business professionals showed great interest in learning practical tools and tips to conduct business in the USA.
Left to Right: Eric Lobo G, General Manager Loginsa SA, Ralph L. Gazitua, President & CEO WTDC
This event and its concepts were well covered in the Chilean press (Spanish), click below for more
A safer and more secure WTDC
WTDC is committed to instituting best practices to better serve the needs of its employees and customers. Last week, with the assistance of the Miami-Dade Police Department, WTDC held a Fire Drill and successfully cleared the building in under 3 minutes. We work with our tenants, customers, and employees to educate them on evacuation routes and safety policies. WTDC is a Drug Free Workplace and encourages healthy lifestyle choices for its employees.
Thank you to the MDPD for assisting us in our Fire Drill.
We are now 4138 days without an injury accident, a number our staff takes pride in when they meet each morning for a safety refresher. Trainings for Forklifts, OSHA, HazMat, First Aid and CPR add additonal layers of preparation for our staff. A Safety and Security committee meets each month to review these processes. They say practice makes perfect; and while we certainly don't claim to be perfect we are definitely proud of the initiative our staff has taken to make WTDC a safer, and better, company.
Linking Chilean entrepreneurs
with the US market
A ProChile event in cooperation with the Chile-US Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Florida, WTDC, Branch USA, SOFOFA, and Loginsa SA
Internacionalización de PYMES hacia el Mercado de los Estados Unidos de América
Centro de Conferencias SOFOFA
April 20, 2015
On behalf of the Chile-US Chamber of Commerce, we would like to introduce to you a business seminar in Santiago, Chile. Directed towards medium sized Chilean businesses, the purpose of the event is to stimulate trade, logistics, jobs, and economic growth with Florida and Texas through the establishment and guidance of local offices for Chilean companies.
MDC prepares today's students for tomorrow's logistics industry
Did you know that Miami Dade College (MDC) is preparing its students for the fast moving world of trade and logistics? MDC now offers a BAS in Supply Chain Management. The curriculum was developed in direct connection with the needs of our local logistics industry and MDC is ensuring the program is further connected to local industry by establishing the Supply Chain Management Advisory Committee. WTDC President & CEO Ralph L. Gazitua, himself a member of MDC's Hall of Fame, is Chair of the Committee and is focused on developing Internships for MDC students in concert with FCBF.
PortMiami's Deep Dredge
PortMiami's outer channel is nearing completion of its deep dredge from 42 feet to 50/52 feet. Florida Governor Rick Scott has championed efforts to elevate Florida's position with major shippers and recently flew to California to further the cause. The dredging compliments other infrastructure upgrades (PortMiami Tunnel, new gantry cranes) readying PortMiami to be the only port South of Virginia able to handle the enormous Post-Panamax ships by July 2015.
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Heavy Lift Transfers
FAA clears Amazon for drone tests
As a follow up to an interesting story we shared last year, Amazon has received clearance from the FAA to test delivery of small packages via drones in Seattle.
FedEx buys TNT for $4.8 billion
Why is FedEx's plan to purchase TNT more likely to be approved by EU regulators than the 2013 bid by UPS? An excellent article from Wall Street Journal details that the new FedEx footprint in Europe would increase to 22% market share and make it a true competitor to UPS & DHL in that market. EU regulators had denied the UPS bid because it would have too much market share and could limit consumer options.
Duty Free Show Wrap-Up
Last week WTDC attended the IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO, and Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC Vice President, discussed our Foreign Trade Zone Warehousing and Logistics capabilities for the Duty Free & Travel Retail industry with current and future customers.
The face of Crystal Head Vodka and star of SNL, Blues Brothers, Trading Places & Ghostbusters: Dan Aykroyd!
WTDC's Sean Gazitua with LVP Sangria's Jason Sabo and Pandora Vanderpump at the Bacchus booth.
US Chamber of Commerce: US & Chile trade booming thanks to FTA
The US Chamber of Commerce released an article on March 30 detailing the dramatic trade growth between the United States and Chile as a result of the US-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Notably, in the last decade US exports to Chile had the highest percentage increase (464%) of any of the US top 40 trade partners. Read the entirety of the article here
The US Chamber of Commerce is also a proponent of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), an initiative that enables such FTAs and will be up for Congressional review in the next session. To learn more about TPA and take action, click here
Linking Chilean entrepreneurs
with the US market
A ProChile event in cooperation with the Chile-US Chamber of Commerce, WTDC, Branch USA, SOFOFA, and Loginsa SA
Internacionalización de PYMES hacia el Mercado de los Estados Unidos de América
Centro de Conferencias SOFOFA, Av. Andres Bello 2777, Piso 2, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile
April 20, 2015
On behalf of the Chile-US Chamber of Commerce, we would like to introduce to you a business seminar in Santiago, Chile. Directed towards medium sized Chilean businesses, the purpose of the event is to stimulate trade, logistics, jobs, and economic growth with Florida and Texas through the establishment and guidance of local offices for Chilean companies.
This event is hosted by ProChile, the economic development extension of the Chilean government, in partnership with Miami-based Chile-US Chamber of Commerce, Branch USA, and WTDC, a Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company, as well as Chile-based SOFOFA, the Chilean Manufacturer’s Association, and Loginsa SA, a Chilean logistics provider. Click here for more information
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Reminder: FTZ Annual Reports Due
Reminder to all FTZ Operators: Your Annual Report is due March 31 to the Foreign Trade Zones Board and is submitted through OFIS. WTDC is both an FTZ Operator and FTZ Consultant, assisting 13 other companies in their FTZ applications and operations.
Vehicle Exports: 1976 Trans Am and 1971 Mustang Mach 1
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Chile-US Trade Events
Export.Gov: "U.S. goods exports to Chile increased 548 percent in the 10 years since the FTA went into effect, from $2.7 billion in 2003 to $17.6 billion in 2013."
The last of the remaining tarriffs on goods not covered in the 2004 Free Trade Agreement between Chile and the United States will be phased out in 2015. Chile has now surpassed Venezuela as a top trade partner with Miami, and you are invited to two events covering trade between Chile & the U.S:
Chile – United States: A Thriving Relationship 10 Years after the FTA
SPEAKER: H.E. Juan Gabriel Valdés, Ambassador, Embassy of Chile,
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables
50 Alhambra Plaza
Coral Gables, FL, USA
A ProChile event in cooperation with the Chile-US Chamber of Commerce, WTDC, SOFOFA, and Loginsa SA
Internacionalización de PYMES hacia el Mercado de los Estados Unidos de América
Centro de Conferencias SOFOFA, Av. Andres Bello 2777, Piso 2, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile
On behalf of the Chile-US Chamber of Commerce, we would like to introduce to you a business seminar in Santiago, Chile. Directed towards medium sized Chilean businesses, the purpose of the event is to stimulate trade, logistics, jobs, and economic growth with Miami-Dade County through the establishment and guidance of local offices for Chilean companies.
This event is hosted by ProChile, the economic development extension of the Chilean government, in partnership with Miami-based Chile-US Chamber of Commerce and WTDC, a Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company, as well as Chile-based SOFOFA, the Chilean Manufacturer’s Association, and Loginsa SA, a Chilean logistics provider. Click here for more information
WTDC: 38 years and counting
A letter from WTDC Vice President Sean Gazitua
Next week marks the 38th anniversary of the founding of WTDC. As a family company, we have the unique ability to tailor our services and infrastructure to better serve our customers. Over the last 5 years, WTDC substantially upgraded our facility and processes for the Duty Free and Travel Retail market. From becoming the first active Foreign Trade Zone in PortMiami's FTZ 281 in 2012 to the installation of our FTZ Temperature Control area last year, we are better suited than ever to provide logistics and inventory management of Spirits, Cosmetics, and Electronics.
FTZ Annual Reports Due
Reminder to all FTZ Operators: Your Annual Report is due March 31 to the Foreign Trade Zones Board and is submitted through OFIS.
WTDC is both an FTZ Operator and FTZ Consultant, assisting 13 other companies in their FTZ applications and operations. WTDC reported managing a flow of FTZ inventory valued over $71 million in 2014, primarily from the Duty Free & Travel Retail industry.
Lawmakers passed an emergency bill last week to extend funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) until the end of this week. While essential services would continue if the funding ceases (TSA, CBP, Coast Guard will still report for duty and operations should continue as normal), the services that support those departments, administrative roles such as accounting and training, would largely be furloughed.
Of particuclar concern to the Logistics community, as noted by the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) and published last week by Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association (FCBF) would be the following DHS roles:
MDC's Supply Chain Management Advisory Committee names WTDC's Ralph L. Gazitua as Chairperson
WTDC President and CEO Ralph L. Gazitua accepted his nomination to become Chairperson for the Miami Dade College (MDC) School of Business Supply Chain Management Advisory Committee (SCMAC). The SCMAC will advise MDC on course curriculum, industry trends, technology, and serve as ambassadors linking MDC's students to the logistics workforce.
Former PortMiami Director
Bill Johnson selected to lead Enterprise Florida
Beginning March 1, Florida's economic driver Enterprise Florida will have new leadership when Bill Johnson, former Director of Port Miami and Chairman of the Florida Ports Council, will replace current President and CEO Gary Swoope when he steps down at the end of the month.
Johnson's appointment brings a new focus to Governor Rick Scott's goal to surpass Texas in terms of jobs creation. $139 million is in the current budget for 20 port projects across Florida to further the $582 million spent by the state on ports over the past three years to position itself as a global gateway.
Over 180 exhibitors confirmed for IAADFS Orlando
Over 30 new exhibitors will show their Duty Free and Travel Retail wares at the Duty Free Show of the Americas hosted by IAADFS (International Association of Airport Duty Free Stores) in Orlando, March 22-25, 2015. As of January 30, 183 exhibitors have signed up for the annual trade show, the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. WTDC attends each year to have face time with clients, see what's new in the industry, and inevitably... wear silly hats.
Why megaships now dominate shipping lanes
Much has been made about the PostPanamx ships that will soon make their way through an expanded Panama Canal and up the East Coast. However, megaships already traverse less cumbersome shipping lanes and are almost exclusively owned by the largest of carriers. As a result of the most recent economic crisis, many large carriers consolidated and new orders for ships were made almost exclusively to conserve fuel and crew costs by maximizing the amount of TEUs each megaship could carry. The CSCL Global carries nearly 5 times as many TEUs as a standard Panamax ship.
WTDC Operations & Customer Service Intern: Manoella Talavera
The WTDC Internship Program provides a unique learning experience to college students interested in logistics. Ms. Manoella Talavera, Masters in International Business from FIU '15, is now Interning with WTDC Operations and Customer Service. Her Internship is focused on Organizational Management, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), customer report cards, and a comprehensive review of internal processes. Prior to seeking her Masters at FIU, Ms. Talavera earned a bachelor's degree from FIU, a double major in International Business and Management. We are excited to have Ms. Talavera working with us at WTDC and look forward to sharing her accomplishments with our customers.
Honoring our fallen protectors
Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO, serves as Chaplain to the Miami-Dade Police Department and its Narcotics and Gang Units. Above he is pictured (R) at the 5th Annual New Year Prayer Observance for Law Enforcement, Family, and our Community, alongside Reverend Dr. Richardson (L) and Honor Guard Marcus De Rosa (C). Mr. Gazitua is also Chaplain to Everglades Correctional Institution.
Discussing the changes to
United States-Cuba relations
Members of the Senate met on Tuesday, February 3, to discuss the implications of the Obama administration's changes to US-Cuba policy and additional meetings will now occur in the House.
Closer to home, The Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc. (FCBF) will host A Forum to Enhance Florida’s Strategic Thinking and Planning on Cuba, Present and Future Challenges and Opportunities, on Wednesday, February 18, from 7:30 am to 12 pm, at the MACC Doubletree Airport Hotel. Keynote presentation by John M. Andersen, U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration.
Changes in United States-Cuba relations begin this Friday
Although tourist travel restrictions to Cuba have not changed and only Congress can fully lift the embargo, a number of smaller U.S.-Cuba policy changes go into effect on Friday. Among them are changes to the amount of money that U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba can spend per day and their ability to use credit cards on the island, easing of restrictions on sending telecommunications and internet devices, and the ability of travelers to bring small amounts of items such as Cuban cigars into the United States.
An Evening at the Frost...
WTDC had the pleasure of sponsoring 'An Evening at the Frost...', a Chile US Chamber of Commerce Arts and Culture event at the The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU. WTDC President & CEO Ralph L. Gazitua and his wife Cookie are Chair for Arts and Culture for the Chamber. Patrons enjoyed a welcoming ceremony and went on a guided tour of the world-class museum.
Guests included Consul General of Chile Eduardo Salinas, ProChile in Miami Director Sacha Garafulic, the Chamber's Board of Directors and a number of Chilean Artists.
Miami-Dade County's Maria Dreyfus-Ulvert presented a certificate to Chile-US Chamber President Sebastian Estades and made reference to Chile's climb from 7th to 6th Best Trading Partner with Miami-Dade County.
Cookie Gazitua, Chair of the Advisory Board for the Frost Art Museum in addition to her role with the Chamber, had the pleasure of introducing the Frost's new Director Dr. Jordana Pomeroy as well as the upcoming exhibitions at the Frost.
Remembering the Haiti earthquake
Monday, January 12, 2015, marked the 5 year anniversary of the tragic 7.0 earthquake that shook the Port-au-Prince area causing widespread damage to the country's infrastructure and over 200,000 casualties.
CNN's Thomas Streit published a read-worthy op-ed piece this week that delves into the effectiveness of the recovery efforts and sheds light on subsequent programs that have offered hopeful and lasting effects on the health and welfare of the Haitian people. Read more of that piece here.
In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, WTDC served as a logistics hub for the coordination of relief efforts by the FAA (emergency airport control tower), FEMA (breakdown of hundreds of relief-aid filled ULDs flown in from across the country and loaded into containers), Project Medishare (exported an ambulance and supplies), as well as the relief-aid of numerous charities and NGOs.
A number of college students from Haiti have participated in WTDC's Internship Program. Philippe Dennery, WTDC Customer Service, began as an Intern from Miami-Dade College, worked in our Accounting Department through college, and is now key personnel for our Duty Free and Travel Retail Spirits accounts. Philippe later recruited his sister, Lara Dennery, to Intern with our Human Resources department. Ann Vixamar, an Intern from Barry University, is also from Haiti and is completing her International Internship with a focus on Social Media Marketing and the Duty Free & Travel Retail market.
We're excited about what lies ahead for us as a company in 2015. 2014 has paved the way for a successful 2015, and here is a glimpse at our year in review...
WTDC reached a number of milestones this year including our 1000th FTZ entry in only two years, the completion of a Temperature Controlled FTZ area, the growth of our Air, Ocean, & Domestic Transportation services, and a renewed commitment to safety highlighted by our 4000th consecutive day without an injury incident.
Duty Free & Travel Retail: In March, WTDC attended the IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas in Orlando, an opportunity for us to see current and potential customers face to face. Click here for More
Infrastructure Upgrades: FTZ Temperature Control storage area, Disabled accessibility upgrades, new racks and shelving. Click here for More
Chile-US Chamber of Commerce: Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO and his wife Cookie Gazitua named Chair for Arts and Culture and present Dia de la Cultura Chilena. Click here for More
Internship Program: We welcomed our 45th and 46th Interns. Special thanks to Barry University, FIU, and Miami-Dade College. Click here for More
Vehicle Exports: Aston Martin race car, 2016 Bentleys, 1967 Camaro, VW Bus, Mustang Shelby, Le Mans racecars. Click here for More
We would like to thank you for reading about our company and the logistics topics we found of importance this year. See you in 2015!
Her name was Lola, she was a race car
This racecar driven by David Hobbs for Carl A. Haas Racing team in the 1970s was received at WTDC this week. The one of a kind 8400cc T310 crafted by the now defunct Lola Cars International was built for the CanAm circuit. Bobby Rahal later drove it to a win at the 35th Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races in 1985, and it is still making the racing rounds on the distance circuits.
Foreign Trade Zone Anniversary
WTDC marked its 2nd anniversary of becoming a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Operator on December 12, 2014. WTDC was the first active Operator in FTZ 281, a new FTZ granted to Miami Dade County's Port Miami in 2012.
As an FTZ Operator moving cargo through its own Zone, WTDC has an insider's look at the inner workings and advantages of FTZs. We managed an average of $1 million a week of inventory, primarily from the Duty Free and Travel Retail industry, through our Zone in 2013 while assisting 12 of our own customers and colleagues to become Foreign Trade Zones themselves as FTZ Consultants.
Art Basel hits the Beach
Art Basel, its satellite fairs, and a collection of independent art shows and galleries brighten up Miami each December. Art patrons flock to Miami Beach and the Wynwood neighborhood in Miami in search of good weather (highs in the 80s) and world class art exhibitions (250 galleries exhibiting at Art Basel alone). Art Basel continues its residency at Miami Beach Convention Center and is open to the public Thursday to Sunday.
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum at FIU hosts its annual Breakfast in the Park on December 7, 9:30 to Noon, an opportunity to share breakfast, a lecture by renowned American contemporary artist Daniel Arsham, and guided tours of The Sculpture Park. More from Frost
FTZ Temperature Control Warehousing
Coming Soon! WTDC will be ready to offer FTZ Temperature Control Warehousing. With an ambient temperature of 65-70 degrees and humidity controls, this space is ideal to store wines, dairy based liqueurs, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and sensitive electronics.
Internships at WTDC
The internship program began at WTDC four years ago and over that time 45 students have honed their business skills at our company. We have developed relationships in higher education at each of the local universities, a process that has not only yielded consistent talent for our organization but also a symbiotic relationship developed where we are able to add value to the students, professors, and administrators responsible for creating logistics based curriculum.
Local universities have since used WTDC as an example organization for companies looking to create an Internship infrastructure. We've adopted a "Creativity over Productivity" motto for the program, one that drives home the requirement for the Internship to be a true learning based environment and not one of employee day-to-day responsibility. In turn, our student interns have been able to grow into their roles as well-rounded young businessmen and businesswomen.
For more information on WTDC's Internship Program or how to get involved with your local universities, click here.
WTDC received its 1,000th Foreign Trade Zone Inbound since going live two years ago in December 2012. Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) operations can be successful cost reduction tools for companies importing or exporting in the United States. WTDC provides Foreign Trade Zone Warehousing and Foreign Trade Zone Consulting.
A few FTZ Benefits:
- Save time with electronic Customs Documentation (7512s and 214s)
- Simplified inventory management (No need to separate entries)
- Weekly or monthly summary entries (MPF savings)
WTDC would like to thank the Chile-US Chamber, Jaime Silva Sr. and Jaime Silva Jr. for putting together an amazing showcase of Chilean Art & Culture at the Koubek Center in Miami Dade College. Along with the art and culture of Chile, Gabriel Mistrel's (1945 Nobel Prize winner in Literature) life and work was celebrated throughout the event.
We at WTDC are pleased to introduce to you EZ-Workdesk, developed by Engineering Innovation. We are officially representing this cutting-edge device starting this month.
EZ-Workdesk is designed to scan the address barcodes of a package, capture weight and dimensions, then communicate the results to your computer. Within a few seconds, it generates and prints a label.
If you handle significant parcel volume on a daily basis, this solution will help automate your process for a more efficient workflow.
A representative from Engineering Innovation will be in Miami on September 24th. If you are interested in receiving a quick presentation in your company, please send a request to WTDC's Ivy Lellis.
Click here for more information on the company Engineering Innovation:
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FTZ Temperature Controlled Storage upgrades in progress
Beginning December 2014, WTDC will be able to offer its customers the option of Temperature Controlled Warehousing under its Foreign Trade Zone bond. With an ambient temperature of 65-70 degrees and humidity controls, customers are already requesting their allotment of this space to store wines, dairy based liqeurs, cosmetics, pharmeteceuticals and neutraceuticals, as well as sensitive electronic equipment.
For more information, please contact WTDC Vice President of Sales & Marketing Sean P. Gazitua
Did You Know??
In a Bonded Warehouse, you are required to pay Harbor Maintenance Fee on each import. HMF is currently .125% of the merchandise value.
Did you know that in a Foreign Trade Zone you consolidate the HMF payments quarterly?
Paying HMF quarterly is a significant cash flow strategy and cost saving measure for importers. Consolidating paperwork through electronic filing is just one of the many reasons companies are working with our FTZ.
Congratulations to Philippe Dennery, Freight Auditor, our March Employee of the Month!
Bloomberg: Miami-Dade County sees economic impact from Brazil
The Honorable Luiz de Araujo Castro, former Consul General of Brazil at the WTDC hosted Beacon Council event on Brazil
Pictured above: The Honorable Luiz de Araujo Castro, former Consul General of Brazil.
Yesterday Bloomberg published an article highlighting the importance of Latin America and Brazil's economic impact on Miami-Dade county. Last year, WTDC sponsored an event with the Beacon Council focused on harnessing the growing Brazilian market. The Beacon Council is prominently featured in the Bloomberg article for its continued efforts to attract foreign companies to Miami-Dade County.
Inside the Ropes at the Cadillac Championship in Doral
Sean P. Gazitua, (R) WTDC VP of Sales & Marketing, and Tommy Stevenson, (L) General Manager for AKSA USA/JAT Power at Cadillac Championship in Doral
At last week's PGA WGC Cadillac Championship, Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC VP of Sales & Marketing, and Tommy Stevenson, General Manager for AKSA USA/JAT Power, walked inside the ropes with Jeff Ogilvy's group as Honorary Observers.
The annual tournament is a signature event for our Doral community and Tiger Woods won (again!).
Did You Know??
In a Bonded Warehouse, you have to destroy, pay duty, or export merchandise when it has been in the U.S. for 5 years.
Did you know that in a Foreign Trade Zone you do not have any time restrictions?
Considering Spirits do get better with age, move your Bonded Spirits approaching the 5 year limit to a Foreign Trade Zone and avoid a very costly destruction.
CEO Corner and CEO Ralph Gazitua at Port of Miami where President Obama spoke about Private Infrastructure Development
President stated, "You ask any CEO where we they rather locate their business and hire new workers. Are you going to set up shop in a country that's got raggedy roads, runways that are pot-holed, and backed-up supply chains? Or are you going to seek out high-speed rail, Internet, high-tech schools, new state-of-the-art power grids, new bridges, new tunnels, new ports that help you ship products made in America to the rest of the world as fast as possible? That's what people are looking for. That's what CEOs are looking for."
Global Trade Magazine Features WTDC in The ABCs of FTZs article
To read the article please click here
FTZ 281 adding 1 million square ft.
Foreign Trade Zone 281 continues to grow through the efforts of WTDC and its consulting clients. More than 1 million square of new FTZ warehousing space are already under contract and we expect that number to double by the end of the year.
Who is applying for Foreign Trade Zone status and why?
Recap of FL Governor Rick Scott's May trade mission to Chile
Florida Governor Rick Scott traveled to Chile on a trade mission during the last week of May. Over 100 executives, politicians, and trade related officials made the trip including Bill Johnson, PortMiami Port Director, and Steven Cernak, Port Everglades Chief Executive & Port Director, and Phil Brown, Greater Orlando Aviation Executive Director.
Jose Perez-Jones, Seaboard Marine Senior Vice President, received an award for his continued commitment to promote Florida trade and transportation within Latin America. Governor Scott also announced that Chilean company Crystal Lagoons Corp, creators of the world's largest pool, are relocating their corporate offices to Miami. Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO, (pictured below, right, with Gov. Scott) attended on behalf of our company.
Chile ranks sixth among Florida’s top products export destinations, having amassed more than $3.9 billion in exports in 2011. Florida exports to Chile increased by 24.3 percent from October 2011 to October 2012.
Miami-Dade Police Department K-9 Unit trains at WTDC
Congratulations to Castell Chavez, Transportation Department, our June Employee of the Month!
WTDC featured in SigEp Journal, fraternity's national publication
Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC Vice President of Sales & Marketing, is an active alumni of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Florida International University. The values of this organization reflect his personal beliefs and have translated to his leadership in the workplace. Sean G. began hiring SigEp interns 3 years ago and the practice has proved very beneficial for WTDC, as now a number those interns are full-time employees.
Florida: The State of Foreign Trade Zones
By Gary M. Goldfarb, WTDC Executive Vice President 7/16/13
The State of Florida has a wealth of assets and every potential to grow into a state dominated by Foreign Trade activities. There are several foreign trade zones in the State of Florida that play an important role in the growth of foreign trade, but none have developed the necessary traction to attract important manufacturing, assembly or distribution companies to promote job growth.
Miami-Dade County recently obtained a Foreign Trade Zone grant that covers most of the county in a new designation called ASF (Alternate Site Framework) and allows companies in the county to obtain foreign trade zone status at their existing facilities without having to relocate into a compound.
Since the start of 2013, there have been 11 applications for status in Miami-Dade County, with over 1.4 million square feet of warehousing space being activated and almost 700 jobs retained and an additional 100 jobs to be added… all this in a period of 6 months. The projections for the remainder of the year call for the total square footage to add up to 2.8 million and approximately 800 new jobs created. This does not include the effects of the existing zones in the county which have permitted an additional 300,000 sq. ft. and an estimated 300 jobs.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has been very active promoting Foreign Trade with Latin America and Europe, recently traveling to Chile and France on Trade building missions. Additionally, economic development organizations at the state and local level understand the need for trade based jobs. Florida’s four principal ports (PortMiami, PortEverglades, Jaxport and Port of Tampa) can be engines for growth with their diverse populations with multi-language skills.
Safety 1st... and 2nd... and 3rd...
A key element to achieving any goal is implementation. With measurable objectives, an abstract concept like ‘Safety’ can become reality. WTDC is taking strides to make itself a safer place for its employees by implementing 5S initiatives. Safety is a byproduct of a trained and educated workforce completing their duties in an organized environment free of obstacles. Started by Japanese automobile manufacturers in the 1980s, the 5S process standardizes organization.
There are five primary 5S phases:
1. Sorting (Seiri)
2. Straightening (Seiton) (Set in order, Stabilizing)
3. Systematic cleaning (Seiso) (Sweeping or Shining)
4. Standardizing (Seiketsu) (Standard Operating Procedures)
5. Sustaining (Shitsuke) (Sustaining the Practice)
Whether a company decides to embrace 5S, an ISO Standard, or Lean Six Sigma practices, their ultimate success depends on the Implementation and the employees’ continued investment in its practices.
Our FTZ yard is ideal for storage and heavy lift transloads for Out of Gauge Crates, Container Sized Generators, and OTR Tires
The World Trade Center Miami announces that Air Cargo & SeaCargo Americas is scheduled for November 6-8, 2013
The purpose of Air Cargo & SeaCargo Americas is to increase two-way trade and business opportunities for the seaports, maritime and aviation companies, airports, and related logistics focused industries in the Western Hemisphere. More than 250 companies will showcase their products and services. At the 2011 show and conference, more than 7,000 international maritime and aviation executives attended the show from more than 65 countries.
Winning 3PL relationships, a DC Velocity interview with AWI's Mark Richards
DC Velocity: You have come up with a six-step process for selecting a third-party provider that allows everybody to win. Could you summarize those six steps for us?
M. Richards: One of the first steps is to understand yourself. Someone will contact us saying they need help looking for a third party and what's the price. I'll say, "Well, we can get to that, but can you tell me what you are trying to do with this and what your objectives are? Why are you even thinking about outsourcing?" Really, the first step is understanding who you are as a company and what your objectives are...
WTDC is a proud member of Associated Warehouses Inc. (AWI), a network of the nation's top independent 3PLs
August 15, 2013
Automating Small Package Receiving
Do you receive many small parcels for different customers on a daily basis?
WTDC Consulting develops customized technology solutions for our clients and their Operations. We are currently installing a technology and system implementation that receives up to 500 different packages per hour, capturing customer information, dimensions and weight automatically. Our clients are now able to provide Just in Time information to their customers. For additional resources click here
Our FTZ Yard is ideal for heavy lift projects and out of gauge storage
Are you on Instagram? Follow us at @wtdclogistics for an insider look at our day to day WTDC Operations
Congratulations to Mickie Irizarry, WTDC Import Desk Customer Service, August Employee of the Month
A Message from our FTZ Customer: Tortuga Rum Cake Company
For nearly 30 years Tortuga Rum Cake Company has continued to deliver the world’s best selling rum cake, using a four generations old secret family recipe and the finest ingredients. Each cake is hand glazed with 5 year old Tortuga Gold Rum and vacuum sealed to lock in the delicious freshness and ensure a shelf life of up to 12 months. Tortuga rum cakes contain less than .5% alcohol, which is legal to sell to all ages.
We have a very strong brand presence across the Caribbean, North America and into Europe. The Tortuga experience is often a nostalgic one tied to unforgettable vacations and expressed with a gleam in the eye and a fond tale of the first bite. Named the 2013 “Greatest Caribbean Gift” by Porthole Cruise Magazine, Tortuga has been recognized as “Best Cruise Souvenir” for the nine consecutive years!
In addition to our award winning rum cakes, the Tortuga line includes Chocolate Rum Turtles with Sea Salt, three flavors of rum fudge, Caribbean sauces, and exotic flavored coffees. Our prestigious 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is reserved for our more discriminating coffee aficionados.
If you have interest in our Tortuga product line for distributorship or to sell in your retail stores please contact Tanya Lazarus, Caribbean & Latin American Sales Manager by email or 305-378-6668 x 320.
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At WTDC, we take pride in delivering logistics solutions to our
clients. We understand the needs of each company are unique
and we tailor our process around your cargo and schedule. On a
daily basis we process shipments of all sized to businesses and
consumers. We offer:
• Complete Supply Chain Management
• U.S. Customs Bonded Warehousing
• Container Freight Station (CFS)
• Air Cargo Assemblage and Consolidation
• Prepositioned Inventory Management
• Boat, Vehicle, & Machinery Loading & Export
• Fast turnaround of your cargo so you can transfer the
WTDC Manages the Supply Chain. Our staff of dedicated
professionals can help you streamline your entire logistics
process. From providing inbound logistics and export services to
managing your inventory in our facilities, we provide impeccable
service and confidence.
In addition to the service above, WTDC provides:
• Aerospace Logistics
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• eCommerce and Fulfillment Services
• Cold Storage & Transportation
• Vehicle & Machinery Loading & Export
• Project Rigging & Handling
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