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February 16th Newsletter

Posted on February 16th, 2017 at 4:11 pm

Reminder: WTDC will be open on President's Day, Monday, Feb. 20th



U.S.-Cuba Relations Update


First U.S. origin container arrives in Port Mariel for cruise industry 


This week Savino Del Bene-Miami (SDB) completed its first shipment of agricultural products from Port Everglades to Cuba’s Port Mariel to service the cruise ships  in Havana's  cruise terminal. SDB received a 2 year exemption from the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) for these recurring shipments. 


John Paul Brigneti, VP Global Logistics Cruise & Marine Solutions for Savino Del Bene Miami, added, “This shipment represents a major milestone for SDB and for the cruise industry. It is great to see this shipment come to fruition after nearly two years since first visiting Cuba and Port Mariel to understand its capabilities and operations.”


Seatrade Cruise News: Savino Del Bene OKd to supply Cuba cruise operaion from the US


John Paul Brigneti - license 'a major achievement'

John Paul Brigneti, VP Global Logistics Cruise & Marine Solutions for Savino Del Bene-Miami



U.S.-Cuba Relations Update


More Oceania cruises departing from PortMiami to stop in Cuba


PortMiami will be the departure point for 6 additional Oceania cruises in 2017. The 684 passenger cruise liner will include educational sessions about Cuban culture to qualify for an exemption to visit the island. The new journeys, available starting November 14th, will be from 6 days to 13 days in duration. The routes expand beyond Havana to include stops in Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba as well as other destinations in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.


Miami Herald: Oceania cruises adds more Cuba trips from Miami with multiple stops on the island




The Business Forum Group launches in Doral


Last night Co-Founders Pete De La Torre and Tony Calatayud introduced their new business enterprise: The Business Forum Group. Doral Mayor J.C. Bermudez opened the event  at the InterContinental at Doral Miami by advocating his support for Pete and Tony's vision. Also in attendance were Councilwoman Ana Maria Rodriguez and Councilwoman Claudia Mariaca. The group is starting in Doral but plans to take its business leveraging concept focused on 12 key verticals to different communities. 


Click to read more on The Business Forum Group 




FIU Intern Nicolas Gonzalez


WTDC welcomes Nicolas Gonzalez! Mr. Gonzalez, FIU Class of 2019, School of International and Public Affairs, is completing his internship with WTDC Operations. Thank you Nicolas!




Live! from the 2017 Miami International Boat Show 


Join and follow us on our WTDC social media outlets today, Thursday, February 16, as our WTDC Interns Kevin Maloy and Marcello Cardillo will be corresponding from Miami International Boat Show. Thursday is Premier Day, check in to see what's new and happening at the boat show scheduled to run through this weekend, Feb. 16-20. Click for album



For Boats and Personal Watercraft, WTDC handles container and flat-rack loading, export documents, warehousing, packing and crating, customs clearance, and transportation. Contact WTDC for your next export of boats or marine supplies.

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WTDC featured in FIU BizNews

Posted on November 1st, 2016 at 3:42 pm

A commitment to service drives an FIU business student.

As someone who helped steer an immigrant family business through challenging times, Ralph L. Gazitua, President and CEO of Miami logistics firm WTDC, knows what it’s like to struggle for success. He hopes his story will inspire FIU students to reflect on their own experiences and values, and make community service a key component of their careers.

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To further these goals, Gazitua and his son, FIU Business alumnus Sean P. Gazitua, created an essay contest, asking members of the International Business Honor Society (IBHS) to reflect on his service mission and their own values. On October 12, 2016, the pair awarded Andrea Alonso, a finance major, a $1,000 scholarship to help her participate in the annual IBHS service trip in 2017. It is the second time WTDC has presented the award to an FIU Business student.

“Andrea captured so much of who we are,” Ralph Gazitua said. “She reminded us of how much we have to give back and how easy it is to lose everything in a minute; it came from the heart.”

The scholarship reinforces Alonso’s determination to reach the career and life goals she has set.

“It has made me believe in my capabilities more,” said Alonso, who graduates in 2017. “I have entered several other scholarship competitions before but never won. I am happy I never gave up in applying, because it serves as a lesson that if you work hard and don’t give up, you will succeed in the end.”

Struggles help set the path for success.

Through an annual trip abroad, the College of Business’ IBHS executes an international service project. In 2017, the students plan to return to India, where they are working with a group of women to create a source of sustainable income through craft work. Last March, nine students visited the village of Bandhwari, near New Delhi, teaching the women and girls to create the Moroccan pouf, an ottoman-style hassock.

“My biggest learning experience next year will be interacting and helping women in India to find their strengths and help them develop the adequate skills in order for them to start their micro businesses,” Alonso said. “It’s an experience that I will share with future employees and co-workers.”

Their partnership with the College of Business also gives WTDC executives access to a valuable talent pool of students to help drive the company’s continued growth. Sean P. Gazitua (BBA ’04), now vice president of WTDC, pointed out that the company works closely with the college to identify interns as well as part- and full-time employees that would be a good fit for WTDC.

commitment-to-service-3From left to right, Jose M. Aldrich, Sean P. Gazitua, Andrea Alonso, Ralph L. Gazitua, David Wernick and Donald D. Roomes

“WTDC was started by my grandfather, father and uncle John 40 years ago, and we’re always looking to reenergize the company,” he said. “We want to bring in university students and graduates interested in the logistics field.”

Father and son recalled the immigrant family’s struggles, as well as the challenges WTDC has faced over time, and how they’ve adapted the business model to meet the changing demands of the marketplace.

“Our students are our future leaders, and we want to make sure that talent we’re developing stays in Miami,” said Ralph L. Gazitua. “The best way to harvest new talent is to work with them, to guide them.”

IBHS faculty advisor David Wernick noted that relationships like the one with WTDC benefit both College of Business students and the partner companies. Students learn firsthand about the business life, issues and trends, while business owners and executives get access to promising young talent and a chance to give back to the community by supporting projects that have a real social impact.

“Working with a dynamic, family-run company like WTDC is a perfecting opportunity for students interested in international entrepreneurship, marketing, and logistics to get a behind the scenes,” said Wernick, senior lecturer in the Department of Management and International Business. “Students participating in IBHS get practical information that can benefit their careers while expanding their personal and professional networks and learning about internship opportunities.”

The Gazitua family has maintained close ties to FIU for nearly two decades. Son Luis Andre, now an attorney, is an FIU alumnus (BA ’00) while both Ralph L. Gazitua and Sean P. Gazitua have served on the university’s President’s Council. Additionally, Ralph L. Gazitua’s wife Cookie Gazitua is a member of the Advisory Board for the Frost Art Museum at FIU.

Excerpts from Andrea Alonso’s essay on Ralph Gazitua’s presentation to IBHS students:

I am grateful that he believes in our IBHS society, and admire him for his humility and work ethic. Not many people believe that family, faith, and giving back to the community should be our top priorities.

When I was six years old, I had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Mexico. The city that impacted me the most was Oaxaca, because although it was the poorest city, it was where people were the happiest. This trip had a huge impact in my life and inspired me to want to help whoever I could, regardless of their background.

I believe that he is doing so much more than just helping individuals, and serving the community. He is also teaching people to not to be afraid to ask questions, to stand up for what they believe is right, to take risks, work hard, and to aim for success

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FIU Program Creates Business Opportunities For Women in Bandwhari, India

Posted on April 1st, 2016 at 11:36 am

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.


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FIU Whitepaper on FTZs & WTDC

Posted on August 1st, 2013 at 3:56 pm

WTDC is pleased to present the following Whitepaper on Foreign Trade Zones, a product of Florida International University’s Chapman Graduate School of Business. Foreign Trade Zones can be an effective cost reduction tool and Florida companies are especially well positioned to capitalize on FTZ benefits. WTDC and the Gazitua family have a strong alliance with FIU and it was an honor to serve as case study for this FIU Master’s Project.

We welcome you to read through the Whitepaper and follow up with WTDC for any questions or comments on Foreign Trade Zones. To view a YouTube presentation of the slideshow, click here


For additional FTZ information, visit our website



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