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February 1 Newsletter

Posted on February 1st, 2016 at 5:04 pm

Temperature Control expansion


WTDC has commenced expansion of its FTZ Temperature Control Warehousing. We will continue to provide updates through construction and completion. As mentioned in our last newsletter, WTDC’s FTZ business rose 37% in 2015 thanks in part to temperature control services for our Wine and Spirits customers from the Duty Free and Travel Retail industry.




Reminder: FTZ Annual Report due


FTZ Operators: The Annual Report is due on March 31 and includes all information from January 1 to December 31 of last year. Reports must be submitted via OFIS.


The Foreign Trade Zone Board offers free webinars on the topic of submitting the FTZ annual report. The next webinar is on Wednesday, February 10.


Click here for more information on FTZ Board webinars on Filing an Annual Report




USA & Cuba relations update:

Export Financing & Business Travel


Last week the United States laid out new policy changes in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and Cuban Assets and Control Regulations (CACR). Of note to the trade and transportation industries are changes regarding the way products for export to Cuba originating from the United States may be financed, with agricultural products being a noted exception.


The financing of exports precedent involved rerouting to a third country and/or cash only payment in full for most commodities, two common factors that many policy changes eliminate. Additional changes release last week include expanding definitions for business interactions with the Cuban people as well as business travel to the island.


U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said, “...These regulatory changes will also facilitate exports that will help strengthen civil society in Cuba and enhance communications to, from and among the Cuban people.  Looking ahead, we will continue to support greater economic independence and increased prosperity for the Cuban people, as we take another step toward building a more open and mutually beneficial relationship between our two nations.” (From Commerce.Gov)


Read more from the New York Times


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Leap Year, Did you Know?


You likely already noticed that this February there are 29 days as we are in a leap year. You also probably know that leap year is every four years, but did you know...

  • Presidential elections in USA fall within leap years (More time for debates!)
  • We have a leap year to closer align the Gregorian calendar (365 days) with the solar year (365.242 days).
  • Leap year only occurs on years divisible by 4 and century years divisible by 400 (Sorry, 1900 and 2100!) to account for the 26 second difference in Gregorian and solar years.
  • 10 dates were skipped in October 1582 to align the new Gregorian calendar with the old Julian calendar instituted in 46 B.C.




Save the Date: Lod Mosaic at the Frost Art Museum


The Arts & Culture Committee of the Chile-US Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its next event:


Lod Mosaic, Tour with Chile-US Chamber

Patricial and Phillip Frost Art Museum-FIU

FIU, 10975 SW 17th Street, Miami, FL 33199


Photo Credit: The Arab Daily News


Lod Mosaic Exhibition description from The Frost


If you are interested in attending please click here to RSVP

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May 1 Newsletter - Chile Event, Safety Standards

Posted on May 1st, 2015 at 9:22 am

ProChile seminar promotes Chilean SME trade with US

While the United States is the largest non-copper destination for Chilean exports it is not among the top trade destinations for cargo originating from Chilean Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs are referred to as PYMES in Chile: Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas). Together with the Chile-US Chamber of Commerce and SOFOFA, ProChile held a seminar and workshop on April 20 in Santiago, Chile, to present trade opportunities in Florida and Texas and encourage SMEs to expand their US market share.




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

A seminar covering logistics was presented by Ralph L. Gazitua, President & CEO of Miami-based WTDC, as was a workshop led by Eric Lobo G., General Manager for Santiago-based Loginsa SA. Loginsa is WTDC’s designated agent in Chile and the companies work together to provide door to door transportation services for companies participating in the Chile-US tradelane. Mr. Gazitua, of Chilean descent himself, related the pride he shares in running a family-owned third generation SME. Mr. Gazitua addressed the importance of managing inventory from origin to end user as well as the prepositioning of inventory for timely distribution throughout the Americas and Caribbean.


This event and its concepts were well covered in the Chilean press (Spanish), click below for more




 Pulso (Print)


Diario Financiero


Pro Pyme







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.



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