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Miami Dade College Night

Posted on January 29th, 2018 at 11:43 am

On January 25, students from the Miami Dade College (MDC) PortMiami Propeller Club hosted Miami Dade College Night. The evening was an opportunity for MDC Supply Chain Management students to network with logistics executives and featured a knowledgeable panel of elite Miami professionals eager to provide information on Miamiâ??s growing logistics prowess and how students may become involved in the industry. The evening kicked off with comments from MDC Dean of Global Business, Trade & Transportation, Dr. Rana F. Shehadeh. Following Dr. Shehadeh came a presentation from WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua who serves as Chair of the Supply Chain Management Advisory Committee (SCMAC) for MDC. Mr. Gazitua highlighted each of the SCMAC committees that brought new initiatives in classroom content, technology, Internships, and access to corporate executives in the form of mentors and guest speakers. The Committee provides access to logistics professionals for the students, a point mentioned by a number of panel members who said they wish they could have had such mentorship opportunities while they were studying. Mr. Gazitua also highlighted the career trajectory of Executive VP of the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders (FCBF) Barbara Pimentel. 38 years ago, Ms. Pimentel started as a receptionist for Mr. Gazituaâ??s company Florida International Forwarders (FIF) and worked her way up to become the areaâ??s only female Warehouse Manager and later to her leadership role with FCBF, the 2nd largest organization for Customs Brokers and Forwarders in the country. Ms. Pimentel spoke to those glass ceilings she helped to break and had encouraging words for all the young female logistics professionals. In addition to Ms. Pimentel, the panel of speakers included Dr. John Wensvee, MDC Vice Provost of Academic Schools, Richard DeVillers , Sr. Executive Assistant to the Director of PortMiami, Greg Chin, Communications Director of the Miami Dade Aviation Department, and Charly Berio, US Consumer Product Safety Commission. The panel addressed topics such as eCommerce, opportunities for growth and cooperation between the private and public sectors (as well inner dialog among divisions of the public sector), how students can become involved in the logistics industry, and Miamiâ??s growing importance as a Global Gateway, not just a Gateway to the Americas. Dr. Wensvee chronicled his success in aviation as an example for the limitless opportunities available to MDC students while Mr. Berio emphasized the role his organization plays to keep the American public safe while still trying to make logistics more efficient. Discussion on Amazonâ??s recent nod to Miami as a Top-20 finalist for a 2nd Amazon HQ presented Mr. Chin and Mr. DeVillers with an opportunity to highlight the record cargo traffic at the ports. This was lightheartedly followed by another encouraging reminder from Ms. Pimentel that it was the Customs Brokers and Forwarders who are working hard every day to build those numbers to where they are today. Congratulations again to the MDC students who put together this fantastic event. WTDC served as the Gold Sponsor for the event and we look forward to participating again next year. A special thank you to Propeller Club President Phil Everingham and to President of Farovi Shipping Mr. Jorge Rovirosa for introducing the Propeller Club to MDC. We must also thank Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo Padron, MDC Kendall and West Campus President Dr. Beverly Moore Garcia, MDC Vice Provost Dr. John Wensveen, and MDC Department of Business Sarah Tuskey MDC Assistant Professor-Supply Chain Richard Sarabia, for their continued support of the Supply Chain Management program at Miami Dade College.

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WTDC Oct. 17 Newsletter -- Watching the ships roll in / Welcome to the team Carlos Benito

Posted on October 17th, 2017 at 2:07 pm

Watching the ships roll in - Maersk Gerda at PortMiami PortMiami reported on October 12th that the Maersk Gerda is the longest and tallest vessel to ever call PortMiami. Gerda is a massive 367m long and 43m wide. For the golfers among us, that's the equivalent of a floating 400 yard par 4! Welcome to the team Carlos Benito - Intern from FIU WTDC welcomes Carlos Benito to the team! Carlos, originally from Spain, is completing a fall Internship with WTDC Sales & Marketing Department and is a senior at Florida International University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. We're looking forward to great things from Carlos! For more information on setting up Internships�?� with FIU students, click here Coming soon: Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show The 58th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will run from November 1-5, 2017. Hundreds of vendors will be displaying their yachts and boats of every shape and size from mega-yachts to kayaks. Did you know that WTDC specializes in the loading of boats into containers for export? This cost effective method is preferred by boat vendors to reduce the price of international shipping. For boats that have a slightly wider bow, WTDC can even secure the boat and trailer vertically within the container. For more on WTDC's boat loading and export, click here. Commerce and NRF data point to rising retail sales in September - Logistics Management article By Jeff Berman, Logistics Management Group News Editor �?�· October 13, 2017 September retail sales data issued by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF) showed annual gains. Commerce reported that September retail sales at $483.9 billion were up 1.6% over August and 4.4% annually. And total retail sales from July through September rose 3.9% compared to the same period in 2016. View story from Logistics Management: Commerce and NRF data point to rising retail sales in September �?�  Air & Sea Cargo Americas is right around the corner Air & Sea Cargo Americas will be held on November 1 - 3, 2017 at the Miami Airport & Convention Center. Hosted annually by World Trade Center Miami, the�?� Air & Sea Cargo Americas will bring together top executives from all sectors of the aviation, maritime and logistics industries to exchange views and experiences to enhance the growth of the cargo industry in the Western Hemisphere. The conference and show is designed to: �?� �?� �?� Increase two-way cargo growth and international business in the Americas �?� �?� �?� Present updates on the latest security and safety regulations being used in the Western Hemisphere to secure cargo from the intrusion of biological, chemical or explosive materials �?� �?� �?� Provide a forum on international aviation, maritime and logistics issue in the Western Hemisphere �?� �?� �?� Report on MIA's expanding role as on of the certified pharmaceutical ports. �?� Click picture below to register for Air and Sea Cargo Americas.

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WTDC Newsletter: PortMiami hits record TEUs, US expels Cuban diplomats, Sergio's aids Maria relief

Posted on October 4th, 2017 at 5:29 pm

October 4, 2017 WTDC will be open on Columbus Day, Monday, October 9, 2017 FacebookTwitterWTDC LinkedInInstagramEmail WTDCWTDC Website PortMiami posts record number of TEUs in August 2017 PortMiami reports that containerized traffic reached 99,546 TEUs (20 foot container equivalents) in the month of August 2017, an 18.5% percent from the previous year. New services from Hapag-Lloyd and Seaboard Marine have complimented the $1.3 billion infrastructure improvements made to the port. â??The PortMiami team understands that the key to the portâ??s growth and success is largely dependent on our commitment to providing our partners with fast and reliable service,â?? said Port Director and CEO Juan M. Kuryla. â??We canâ??t thank them enough for their trust in PortMiami.â?? (As quoted in SFBJ). Read more from South Florida Business Journal: PortMiami's cargo traffic increases over 18% since last year Read more from American Shipper: Port Miami posts record-breaking month for container volumes PortMiami - Photo: American Shipper Sonic attack spurs U.S. to expel Cuban diplomats and withdraw non-essential employees from Cuba On Tuesday, Oct. 3, the United States announced that it would expel 15 Cuban diplomats from the Cuban Embassy in Washington in light of sonic attacks made upon U.S. citizens and diplomats while in Cuba. This action follows last week's announcement that the U.S. has issued a travel advisory to its citizens visiting Cuba and has ordered all non-essential diplomats and their families to return from the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. While the Cuban government has denounced the attacks and the U.S. has not formally blamed Cuba for the incident, the U.S. has taken the stance that Cuba has failed to protect the health and wellness of U.S. citizens on the island. Read more from CNN: US expels Cuban diplomats following Havana attacks View story from CBS Miami: U.S. urges travelers not to visit Cuba after sonic threat NAFTA review puts Foreign Trade Zones in spotlight Interest by the Trump Administration to renegotiate existing trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and to bolster U.S. exports has brought national interest to U.S. Foreign Trade Zones. FTZ industry leader Erik Autor, president of the National Association of Free Trade Zones (NAFTZ), vocalized his support of U.S. jobs in the FTZ sector and the key elements that should be taken into consideration during any agreement modification during a June hearing with U.S. trade and policy representatives: â??The Association has supported NAFTA because the agreement provides American companies and workers with new opportunities for growth and prosperity, reflects commerce and the economy of the 21st Century, and positions the FTZ program to be even more effective in promoting American jobs and competitiveness,â?? says Autor. Read more from Logistics Management: Foreign Trade Zones in the spotlight Celebrating Ernesto Garcia and his 20 years with WTDC Ernesto Garcia, WTDC Warehouse Supervisor, is celebrating his 20th year at the company. We would like to thank Mr. Garcia for his years of leadership, responsibility, and dedication. He has seen the company evolve from a General Order warehouse to its current Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company status, all the while bringing his positive attitude and years of experience to work each day to make WTDC a better company. Thank you Ernie, WTDC would not be the same without you! Sergio's Restaurants aid in Puerto Rico relief efforts Sergio's Restaurant opened its doors as a drop off point for food and supply donations to aid Puerto Rico in its recovery from Hurricane Maria. Carlos Gazitua, CEO of Sergio's Restaurant, explained that their community restaurants were a reliable and familiar place for concerned South Florida citizens to drop off supplies that would later be collected and transported to the island by Headquarter Toyota. Florida Governor Rick Scott evenstopped by Sergio's Restaurant to lend a helping hand to the relief efforts. He is pictured below (right) with Carlos Gazitua, Sergio's Restaurant CEO (left). Way to go Sergio's! Thank you for assisting our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico during their time of need. Can't make it to Cannes? TFWA & DFNI have you covered TFWA World Exhibition and Conference is underway in Cannes, France. Equal parts showcase, networking, and industry advancement make this one of the Duty Free and Travel Retail industry's biggest events of the year. TFWA has made its daily exhibition publication available online and industry publication DFNI is on-site chronicling the events and exhibition on their blog. WTDC is a logistics service provider for the Duty Free and Travel Retail industry. Many of our clients and their customers are participating at the TFWA World Exhibition and we look forward to seeing the exciting new products and services that will emerge from this year's conference. Read more about WTDC's specialization in Duty Free and Travel Retail Read more from TFWA: TFWA-Daily-2017.1654.0.html" target="_blank">TFWA Daily Read more from DFNI: The DFNI Blog - TFWA Cannes 2017

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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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Hurricane Irma - WTDC Closed Monday, Sept 11

Posted on September 11th, 2017 at 11:20 am

(Monday, 9/11/17, 11 a.m.) Thankfully, we missed the brunt of Hurricane Irma. WTDC will be closed Monday, Sept. 11. We plan to be open regular business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 12. WTDC's offices have full power and all systems are operational. We did not sustain structural damage and are happy to report that our staff are safe. Thank you for your patience as we get back up to speed. Most of our staff are still without power at home and others are returning after evacuating.

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WTDC News September First

Posted on September 1st, 2017 at 12:34 pm

IN THIS ISSUE: Closed on Labor Day Reminder Helping Houston through Harvey Health and Wellness: Tai Chi and Zumba Classes MIA Air Cargo Tonnage Up by 4.8% Contact Us: (305) 594-7484 Follow Us: Focused on Safety 4988 days without an injury accident Proud members of: WTDC is a Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics Company, family owned and operated by the Gazitua family proudly celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017. We are a full service logistics company specializing in international distribution and global transportation management. We provide transportation services via Road, Rail, Air or Ocean. Temperature Controlled FTZ Warehousing Foreign Trade Zone Warehousing & Distribution (FTZ 281-4) U.S. Customs Bonded Warehousing & Distribution Container Freight Station (CFS) Domestic Transportation In-Bond Export Consolidator (IBEC) Licensed FMC, NVOCC, and IAC Heavy Lift, packing & crating, vehicle loading, and public warehouse Consulting Services: FTZ, Bonded Warehousing, Duty Drawback, FDA, etc. September 1, 2017 inShare Closed on Labor Day Reminder WTDC will be closed on Monday, Sept. 4, in honor of Labor Day. We will reopen on Sept. 5. Helping Houston through Harvey While the flood waters recede and Houston begins to work towards a new normal, the logistics community will continue its efforts long into recovery. American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) fields requests for emergency assistance in the logistics field and matches them with companies able to supply their infrastructure to assist. You can read more about the organization in this article from Logistics Management or by visiting ALAN's website. The Port of Houston has resumed partial operations and continues to update its status on its Twitter. The Journal of Commerce ( compiled a very useful list of announcements from logistics companies updating the status of their operations. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey and we wish the region a speedy recovery. Health & Wellness Program: Tai Chi & Zumba Classes WTDC Employees and Tenants attended a TAI CHI presentation at WTDC from Reza Dehbozorgi of Minuteman Press Doral as part of our Health and Wellness program. The following day, Martha Baptista from MBC Latinamerican Cargo led the group in a Zumba class. We are committed to making a WTDC a healthy work environment! MIA Air Cargo Tonnage Up 4.8% After a less than 1% increase of cargo shipments in 2016, MIA welcomed a surge of 4.8% increase in cargo tonnage for the first half of 2017. MIA reported a 114% growth in cargo tonnage on Middle East carriers over the course of this year rivaling the Mexican Carrier increase of 308%, via This can be attributed to the volume of several new freighter airlines to MIA, "most recent of which were Mexican airline AeroUnion and Qatar Airways." Article by 'Miami air cargo tonnage up by 4.8% in first half of 2017"

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