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Sept. 19 Newsletter: Irma Recovery, WTDC Safety Record Milestone

Posted on September 19th, 2017 at 4:16 pm

September 19, 2017 WTDC Newsletter : Hurricane Irma - Keys supplies - WTDC Safety Milestone: 5000+ days accident free - Irma's wake: Duty Free and Travel Retail responds Florida & Caribbean begin Hurricane Irma recovery First Harvey, then Irma, and now... Maria? It seems as if the southern United States and Caribbean can barely rebound from one storm before another is already on its way. Many of us in Miami consider ourselves lucky to have been spared the brunt of the storm. We've certainly learned a great deal about our preparations for both storm impact and recovery. We've also learned a great deal about our neighbors. We are energized by our staff and community's response to each other and to those more affected than ourselves. Continue reading below to support WTDC's supply drive for Florida Keys residents and the Duty Free and Travel Retail community supporting the Caribbean. WTDC opened our offices again on Tuesday, Sept. 12. All staff have reported and it's our pleasure to announce that WTDC made it through the storm unscathed. In fact, thanks to our proximity to the airport grid we never lost power! WTDC took all necessary precautions with our data and physical infrastructure. We completed a full data backup before the storm and we were able to watch our camera system throughout. Our reinforced concrete block structure and roof designed for hurricane winds held up as designed with no damage to report. We would like to send a big thank you to our staff. They have been exceptional despite challenges the storm has presented like debris and power outages. We are proud of their commitment to serving our customers. Our eyes now turn to Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean and hope all those in its path weather the storm well. Supplies Drive for Florida Keys Residents Donations needed! Our friends in the Florida Keys are in major need of basic supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. We are teaming up with ACE Transport to encourage and assemble donations. The plan is to fill up 3 - 5 Truckloads of supplies and drive them down with a convoy of semi-trucks this weekend. Requested items: �??�?�¢?�??�?�¢ Water, Baby items, Non-perishable Foods, Feminine Products, Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Fans, Toiletries. No clothing please. We will be collecting the items at ACE Transport: 10901 NW 146 Street Suite 1, Hialeah Gardens, FL 33018. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cutoff for supplies is Friday, 5 p.m. 5000+ days without an injury accident WTDC is proud to announce the achievement of an important milestone: 5000 consecutive days accident-free! We remain committed to safety through ongoing forklift training, CPR and first aid training, education, random drug screening, fire safety, HazMat training, as well as following best practices from OSHA. Irma's wake: Duty Free and Travel Retail responds WTDC's Foreign Trade Zone is the hub for a number of companies doing business in the Caribbean. In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irma, two Duty Free & Travel Retail companies have pledged their financial support of recovery efforts, among others: International Association of Airport and Duty Free Stores (IAADFS) donates $10,000 to CARICOM's Disaster Emergency Management Agency to help the Caribbean. WEBB Banks created a Caribbean Disaster Relief GoFundMe campaign. Tito's Handmade Vodka will match the first $25,000 in donations. Visit to get updates about relief efforts and make donations. At the time of this publishing, they had raised nearly $83,000.00! Onlookers survey the Hurricane Irma storm surge damage in Peacock Park, Coconut Grove, FL. WTDC is located approximately 11 miles from this shoreline area.

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WTDC March 15 Newsletter: WTDC DFNI; Cuba A Year in Review; MDC Honor Society Scholarship; MDP Invocation & Benediction

Posted on March 16th, 2017 at 9:52 am

WTDC: 40 years in business!


WTDC, a Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company in Miami, FL, is celebrating its 40th anniversary of business with the promotion of Sean P. Gazitua as President & CEO. Founded by the Gazitua family on March 8, 1977, WTDC began as a U.S. Customs General Order Warehouse. WTDC has now evolved into a full service Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics Company, specializing in inventory management. 


Thank you for being part of our 40 year history, we look forward to many more!




Duty-Free News International features WTDC's Sean Gazitua


The recent promotion of Sean P. Gazitua to WTDC President & CEO promotion was featured in leading Duty Free & Travel Retail magazine Duty-Free News International (DFNI) last week. Special thanks to DFNI for this feature!

From the DFNI article:

“Duty-free and travel-retail industry logistics and Foreign Trade Zone company WTDC has announced the promotion of Sean P. Gazitua as president and CEO.

Gazitua developed an extensive grasp of Foreign Trade Zone Operations and Logistics Management working his way through the ranks at WTDC as operations manager, then director of Logistics, vice-president sales and marketing, and most recently as vice president.


Sean Gazitua succeeds his father, WTDC chairman Ralph L. Gazitua, as well as his uncle John Gazitua and grandfather Luis Rafael Gazitua, as the third generation of Gazitua to manage the company.” Click here to read more





Recap of GMCC event

'Cuba: A Year in Review'


On Tuesday, March 7th, WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua was a panel speaker at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s event ‘Cuba: A Year in Review.’ Mr. Gazitua spoke about the regulations between the U.S. and Cuba, his experience researching business opportunities on the Island, and what the future may hold for U.S.-Cuba relations.



Scholarship for Miami Dade College Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society


On Friday, February 24, WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua was a guest speaker for Miami Dade College's Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society inauguration ceremony. He announced that he would sponsor a scholarship for a student who best reflected on the key points of his speech in an essay to be submitted to WTDC.

We are proud to announce that we have selected Brianna Gutierrez as the winner of the $1000 scholarship.

“Ms. Gutierrez’s essay showed clear demonstration for God, Family, Business and Legacy which were the Key points of my speech. I was very impressed by the accomplishments of Brianna and her family detailed in her essay,” said Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC Chairman.




Community Involvement: Graduation ceremony for Colombian National Police trained by MDPD SWAT

WTDC Chairman and Miami-Dade Police Department Chaplain Ralph L. Gazitua gave the invocation and benediction for the graduation of the Colombian National Police’s training by MDPD’s special response team.

“It was an honor to give the invocation today for the graduation of the Colombian National Police trained by MDPD. We are blessed to have such skilled officers protecting our community. It is a great outreach program for the MDPD to share its knowledge and expertise so that other communities can benefit from having a highly skilled tactical response team,” said Mr. Gazitua.


Pictured with MDPD Director Juan Perez and the Colombian Lt. Col.



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