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March 16 Newsletter

Posted on March 16th, 2016 at 2:47 pm

USA & Cuba Relations update:


Ahead of Obama's trip to Cuba, new regulations, hotels, and airlines make news


New US policy changes towards Cuba were announced this week, less than a week before President Obama is scheduled to visit Cuba from March 20 to 22, 2016. President Obama will be traveling to Cuba alongside executives from a number of US companies including Marriott and Starwood Hotels who have applied for authorization to operate hotels in Cuba.


On Monday of this week, United Airlines submitted paperwork to operate flights from their US international hubs to Havana's Jose Martí International Airport. The business announcements reflect a rollback of a number of policy restrictions, the 5th such rollback by the Obama administration since December 2014. Some notable new regulations released today include:


  • Cargo vessels and airlines can now make stops in Cuba and continue on their routes without special licensing
  • Educational travel itineraries can be now made for individuals, they no longer need to travel with a group
  • Banking regulations allow for less blocking of funds
  • Cuban citizens can now be hired in the US, making way for entrepreneurs, artists, and athletes
  • Scholarships can now be extended to Cuban citizens

Read more from Bureau of Industry and Security


Read more from the Miami Herald


Read the United Airlines announcement


Attended Festival del Habano XVIII


Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO, traveled to Havana, Cuba, March 3-5 to attend XVIII Festival del Habano. This was Mr. Gazitua's 6th time traveling to Cuba since March 2015 after announcements were made restoring diplomatic relations with the United States. The Habanos Festival is the island's foremost tradeshow for the cigar tobacco industry. Popular themes this year were Cohiba's 50th anniversary celebration and 2016 Limited Edition cigars from Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta.





NAIOP Panel on Cuba's effect on South Florida real estate


At Thursday's NAIOP South Florida Chapter Meeting, WTDC President & CEO Ralph L. Gazitua joined a panel of South Florida professionals to speak about the evolving relations between the United States and Cuba and how the South Florida Real Estate Market may be affected. NAIOP is the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.




Final 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.



MiamiHerald: 'Bucking trends, PortMiami had a good year in 2015'


Overall trade with the United States may have fallen, as did numbers at many of the country's biggest ports, but PortMiami showed a 5.75% gain in 2015, equating to an additional $1.37 billion in trade flowing into the Port.


Somewhat surprisingly, medical devices with Costa Rica had the biggest impact on PortMiami's surge in trade. World City's Ken Roberts broke down the numbers in his article published in this week's Business Monday edition of the Miami Herald on March 14: 'Bucking trends, PortMiami had a good year in 2015.'


Click here to read the full article




International Women's Day Photo



On March 8, WTDC recognized the women in our company on International Women's Day. WTDC has three women in manager roles: Vera Gazitua, Accounting Manager, Virginia Diez, Operations and Customer Service Manager, and Castell Chavez, Transportation Manager. Thank you for all you do!

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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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USA Today features WTDC in article: Cuba and Iran not quite open for business

Posted on August 24th, 2015 at 2:10 pm

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

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May 15 Newsletter - Think outside the giftbox, new agent agreements, Florida World Trade Month

Posted on May 15th, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Thinking outside the giftbox

A spirits client recently put together a promotional giftbox set to combine their rum, In-Bond at our Foreign Trade Zone, with gift items produced in the US and Caribbean. In a Foreign Trade Zone environment such kitting Manipulations are possible. Even if WTDC could not physically manage the manipulation at its facility, FTZ regulations allow the manipulation to be performed at a nearby location.




Florida World Trade Month



Each May is World Trade Month and Enterprise Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and World Trade Center Miami have made a collective effort to promote Florida as a trade hub by promoting ‘Florida World Trade Month’.

Did you know?
61,000 companies in Florida export products or services

Florida as a Gateway – Goods valued at $153.2 billion entered or exited through Florida’s two US Customs Districts

Florida ranks #8 in agricultural commodity exports, supporting 109,000 Florida jobs with an economic impact of $13+ billion

There are a number of events, training seminars, tours of ports and airports, and resources published to highlight Florida trade.


Click the logo below for more information:



WTDC announces new agent agreements


WTDC Transportation evolved as a need to better manage the supply chain of our Duty Free and Travel Retail customers in the Spirits industry. Now, WTDC regularly manages products from many industries from the manufacturer to the consignee. WTDC is a licensed NVOCC, IAC, and coordinates Road & Rail movements.

We are proud to announce two new agen agreements that will ensure optimal performance for our current and future customers.

Dominican Republic – CaribeTrans SA is WTDC’s designated agent in the Dominican Republic.  The companies provide door to door transportation services for companies shipping to/from US and Dominican Republic. WTDC’s agreement with CaribeTrans marks a rekindling of a business relationship between the two family owned companies that began over 30 years ago.

Chile – Loginsa SA is WTDC’s designated agent in Chile. The companies work together to provide door to door transportation services for companies participating in the Chile-US tradelane. Ralph L. Gazitua, President & CEO of Miami-based WTDC, is pictured below with Eric Lobo G., General Manager for Santiago-based Loginsa SA. They recently promoted their logistics capabilities at a seminar in Santiago, Chile.




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