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Nov. 2 Newsletter: Cuba readies for FIHAV, Duty Free Savings, CSCMP & GMCC Events

Posted on November 2nd, 2015 at 5:14 pm


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.


Click here for the NY Times article on



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.


Register through the website of Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) here





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

Date/Time: Monday, November 9, 2015
  7:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Address: Kovens Conference Center-
  FIU Biscayne Bay Campus
  3000 N.E. 151 Street
  North Miami FL 33181


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.


Click here to Register






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.



Date: November 16-18

Address: San Ignacio College - Miami

 3905 NW 107th Ave, Suite #301,
  Doral, FL 33178

Click here for additional information



Date: November 18-21

Address: San Ignacio College - Miami

 3905 NW 107th Ave, Suite #301,
 Doral, FL 33178

Click here for additional information



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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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