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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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Oct 2 Newsletter - PortMiami Dredge, Cuba Sanctions update

Posted on October 2nd, 2015 at 12:03 pm


PortMiami completes Deep Dredge


Big Ships Welcome now reads the sign on Biscayne Boulevard leading to PortMiami. On September 18, PortMiami officially announced completion of its main harbor channel dredge from 42 feet to 52 feet deep.


PortMiami is now the only port of call south of Virginia ready to accept the larger Post-Panamax ships. New gantry cranes can now service ships 22 containers wide and reach 11 containers below the ship deck and 9 containers above it. The dredging was the final component of $1 billion of infrastructure upgrades to PortMiami including the PortMiami Tunnel, new gantry cranes, and intermodal improvements.

Read the release from FL Governor Rick Scott here

Read the release from Miami Dade County here






US-Cuba relations update


US Department of the Treasury and Department of Commerce published amendments to further clarify President Obama's 2014 announcement of the easing of Cuba Sanctions, click for release


President Obama briefly met with Cuban President Castro at the United Nations in New York click for article in New York Times


Carnival announces Miami to Cuba cruises for Spring 2016, the humanitarian themed cruise stops in Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba click for article on FoxNews


Miami Archbishop Wenski deems Pope Francis' 'emotional trip' to Cuba a success click for article in Miami Herald



Gazitua family reflects on Papal Pilgrimage to Cuba


WTDC President & CEO Ralph L. Gazitua and Vice President Sean P. Gazitua traveled with their family to Havana, Cuba, as part of the Archdiocese of Miami pilgrimage to see Pope Francis. They visited Iglesia de Jesús de Miramar, as pictured below, and were honored to be among those seated at the Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, Cuba. Click here to see photos from their trip








Exporting from the United States for International Trade Professionals


Date/Time: Thursday, October 8, 2015

Presentation - 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M 

Address: Miami Free Zone

2305 N.W. 107TH AVE,
CONFERENCE ROOM 2M10, Miami, FL 33172


Trade with Cuba is a central focus of Becker & Poliakoff's monthly compliance seminar. WTDC's President & CEO Ralph L. Gazitua is part of a great lineup of speakers including Jonathan Barnes, Special Agent for U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security, Jay Brickman, VP Government Services for Crowley Maritime Corp., Jennifer Ahrens, Corporate/Compliance Officer for Robertson Forwarding Company, and Jennifer R. Diaz, Shareholder of Becker & Poliakoff.

Register for the event here




Join the CSCMP Roundtable on Cuba



Date/Time: Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Dinner - 5:45 P.M - 6:45 P.M.   

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 the fantastic 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.


Points to be covered during this one-of-a-kind panel discussion include: Benefits from the trade policy changes Export license exceptions Current opportunities between Cuba and the U.S. The future of business relations for the U.S. and Cuba.


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



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