March 1st, 2017 at 2:43 pm
WTDC celebrates its 40 year anniversary
40 years in business! On March 8, 1977, WTDC was founded by the Gazitua family as a U.S. Customs General Order Warehouse. We've come a long way since those days but still maintain our commitment to service and our employees as a family owned and operated Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company.
"WTDC's future is focused on building a company that unites technology and best practices with the values we share as a family," said Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO.
Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC Chairman and former President & CEO, reflected on the values that led to his company's success, "First is God and Family, the core of our values and our responsibility to each other. Second is Continuing Education and Wellness, a sound mind and body are essential to peak performance. Third is Community and Business, giving back and enabling others in education as well as business relationships built upon transparency. And finally, Legacy, seeing that the Gazitua family business and tradition of excellence in logistics continues in a 3rd generation under my son Sean's leadership."
LiveLikeBella 5k Run/Walk
On Saturday, February 25, WTDC employees and their families participated in the 3rd annual LiveLikeBella 5k Run/Walk at Zoo Miami. Over 2500 people attended the 5k and assisted the local charity in raising almost $150,000.
LiveLikeBella is a childhood cancer foundation focused on ending childhood cancer. It funds innovative pediatric cancer research, provides support for families with children in treatment, and even assists families with the purchase of of headstones and urns if the child passes away. The charity continues after Bella's passing to be an inspiration to families afflicted by cancer and to bring resources to fight childhood cancer.
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. Sigma Beta Delta recognizes the scholastic achievements by students studying business, management, and administration.
Mr. Gazitua is currently the Chair of the Supply Chain Management Advisory Committee for the School of Business at Miami Dade College and is pictured below with Dr. Beverly Moore-Garcia, President of Miami Dade College Kendall Campus, and Dr. Sandra Torres, Assistant Professor at Miami Dade College - School of Business and Advisor to Sigma Beta Delta.
Cuba, A Year in Review
Join the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua, and a panel of speakers for a discussion on the changes, advances, and regulations between the US and Cuba up until this moment. Panelists will discuss their experiences setting up and conducting business operations on the island and what the future might hold.
9 a.m. Registration
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Ralph Gazitua, Chairman, WTDC
Alicia Lines, Regional Director, Financial Distribution Service
Ritchie Lucas, Associate Publisher, Cuba Trade Magazine
Ana Quintana, Policy Analyst, Latin America and the Western Hemisphere, Heritage Foundation
Aliette Rodz, Partner, Shutts & Bowen LLP
Click here for event info and registration
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February 16th, 2017 at 4:11 pm
Reminder: WTDC will be open on President's Day, Monday, Feb. 20th
U.S.-Cuba Relations Update
First U.S. origin container arrives in Port Mariel for cruise industry
This week Savino Del Bene-Miami (SDB) completed its first shipment of agricultural products from Port Everglades to Cuba’s Port Mariel to service the cruise ships in Havana's cruise terminal. SDB received a 2 year exemption from the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) for these recurring shipments.
John Paul Brigneti, VP Global Logistics Cruise & Marine Solutions for Savino Del Bene Miami, added, “This shipment represents a major milestone for SDB and for the cruise industry. It is great to see this shipment come to fruition after nearly two years since first visiting Cuba and Port Mariel to understand its capabilities and operations.”
Seatrade Cruise News: Savino Del Bene OKd to supply Cuba cruise operaion from the US
John Paul Brigneti, VP Global Logistics Cruise & Marine Solutions for Savino Del Bene-Miami
U.S.-Cuba Relations Update
More Oceania cruises departing from PortMiami to stop in Cuba
PortMiami will be the departure point for 6 additional Oceania cruises in 2017. The 684 passenger cruise liner will include educational sessions about Cuban culture to qualify for an exemption to visit the island. The new journeys, available starting November 14th, will be from 6 days to 13 days in duration. The routes expand beyond Havana to include stops in Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba as well as other destinations in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.
Miami Herald: Oceania cruises adds more Cuba trips from Miami with multiple stops on the island
The Business Forum Group launches in Doral
Last night Co-Founders Pete De La Torre and Tony Calatayud introduced their new business enterprise: The Business Forum Group. Doral Mayor J.C. Bermudez opened the event at the InterContinental at Doral Miami by advocating his support for Pete and Tony's vision. Also in attendance were Councilwoman Ana Maria Rodriguez and Councilwoman Claudia Mariaca. The group is starting in Doral but plans to take its business leveraging concept focused on 12 key verticals to different communities.
Click to read more on The Business Forum Group
FIU Intern Nicolas Gonzalez
WTDC welcomes Nicolas Gonzalez! Mr. Gonzalez, FIU Class of 2019, School of International and Public Affairs, is completing his internship with WTDC Operations. Thank you Nicolas!
Live! from the 2017 Miami International Boat Show
Join and follow us on our WTDC social media outlets today, Thursday, February 16, as our WTDC Interns Kevin Maloy and Marcello Cardillo will be corresponding from Miami International Boat Show. Thursday is Premier Day, check in to see what's new and happening at the boat show scheduled to run through this weekend, Feb. 16-20. Click for album
For Boats and Personal Watercraft, WTDC handles container and flat-rack loading, export documents, warehousing, packing and crating, customs clearance, and transportation. Contact WTDC for your next export of boats or marine supplies.
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February 1st, 2017 at 4:09 pm
February 1, 2017
Reminder: FTZ Annual Reports
are due on March 31, please contact WTDC if you require assistance filing
Last week WTDC succesfully passed its C-TPAT Validation. We are proud of the warehousing and transportation procedures that we have implemented as a company and look forward to working with our partners to providing a secure supply chain.
U.S.-Cuba Relations Update:
First legal import from Cuba in 50 years arrives at Port Everglades
It was a busy week in South Florida regarding shipments to and from Cuba. On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the first legal shipment from Cuba in 50 years arrived in Port Everglades. The import was of an artisinal charcoal made from Cuban Marabú, an invasive species to the island. The charcoal is produced by private farmers as part of a cooperative and falls under the legal perameters established by the Obama administration.
Miami Herald: Charcoal — first legal cargo from Cuba in more than 50 years — arrives at Port Everglades
Miami Dade College presents speaker panel 'Realities of Doing Business in Cuba'
On Thursday, Jan. 26, WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua participated in the Miami Dade College Speaker Series seminar 'Realities of Doing Business in Cuba.' Speakers addressed the legal, political, social and economic factors surrounding exploring business opportunities between the United States and Cuba.
Savino Del Bene's John Paul Brigneti attended and gave a brief introduction to his company's recent approval by BIS to ship agricultural products to Cuba's Port Mariel to service the cruise ship industry. You can read more on that project here. WTDC assisted Savino Del Bene-Miami with its recent approval to become a Foreign Trade Zone.
Dr. Sandra Torres, Assistant Professor, Miami-Dade College School of Business, was the moderator. Dr. Torres is administrator of an MDC Internship Program. If your company is interested in having an Intern from Miami Dade College, please click here so we can make the connection.
Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC Chairman
John Paul Brigneti, Savino Del Bene VP Global Logistics Cruise & Marine Solutions
Pictured Left to Right:
-Alex Cuello, Probate Attorney,
-Dr. Sandra Torres, Assistant Professor, Miami-Dade College School of Business
-John Price, Managing Director of Americas Market Intelligence, LLC,
-Juan Flores, Chairperson MDC School of Business Hialeah
-Ralph L. Gazitua, Chairman, WTDC
-John Paul Brigneti, VP Global Logistics Cruise & Marine Solutions, Savino Del Bene - Miami
Miami International Boat Show returns to Miami Marine Stadium
The annual Miami International Boat Show kicks off Feb. 16 and continues to Feb. 20. WTDC handles container and flat-rack loading, export documents, warehousing, packing and crating, customs clearance, and more for boats and personal watercraft. Contact WTDC for your next export of boats or marine supplies.
WTDC loading a sailboat into a container for export.
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January 16th, 2017 at 9:00 am
Sean P. Gazitua named
President & CEO of WTDC
WTDC proudly announces the promotion of Sean P. Gazitua as its new President & CEO. Mr. Gazitua has an extensive grasp of Foreign Trade Zone Operations and Logistics Management, having worked his way through the ranks as an Operations Manager, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and most recently Vice President of WTDC.
Mr. Gazitua succeeds his father Ralph L. Gazitua, now Chairman of WTDC, (as well as his uncle John Gazitua and grandfather LR Gazitua) as the third generation of Gazituas to manage the company which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017.
Click here to send a congratulatory note to
Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO
WTDC announces São Paulo office
WTDC proudly announces our new logistics office in São Paulo, Brazil. A local presence in São Paulo allows WTDC to better serve its customers shipping to and from Brazil, particularly with Brazil's intricate import customs and duties. Sergio Brandao Filho, WTDC Business Development Manager – Brazil Trade Lane, brings more than 20 years operating with Customs and Logistics in Brazil to our team and will manage the São Paulo office. In coordination with local partner GNH Logistics, WTDC will be able to offer seamless door to door logistics services.
Click here to read more
WTDC attends NRF Big Show
This week Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO, (pictured below at left) and Sergio Brando Filho, WTDC Business Development Manager - Brazil Trade Lane (pictured below at right), are in New York, NY, at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Retail's Big Show. This annual Expo has over 500 exhibitors, 300 speakers, and 33,000 attendees.
New forklifts for the new year
Our new fleet of eight Clark forklifts have arrived! WTDC's warehouse is racked two rows deep requiring extensive use of double-reach lift trucks. With five double reach lift trucks and three sit-down forklifts we are better equipped than ever to serve our customers. Thank you to our friends at National Lift Truck Service for putting this deal together!
Two upcoming Cuba speaking engagements for WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua
Realities of Doing Business in Cuba
Miami Dade College, School of Business, Hialeah Campus
Thursday, January 26, 2017
5:30 p.m. EST
Realities of Doing Business in Cuba will feature a panel discussion with the legal, logistics, tourism, and social aspects of doing business in Cuba.
Click here for additional details
Doing Business in Cuba
A Business Intelligence Online Webinar
Thursday, January, 26, 2017
1-2:30 p.m. EST
During this webinar, we will provide a practical overview on how to conduct business in Cuba, covering the following topics:
- US Sanctions
- Changes to US government regulations
- A look at Cuba's political and business environment
- Cuban new foreign investment law, structures allowed, warranties for the investors, taxation, dispute resolution mechanism available, relevant labor laws
- Foreign direct investment
- The New Free Zone of Mariel
- Import-export regulations
- Intellectual property protection
- Immigration and customs regime
- Trade usages and local business practices
Deitra Crawley, Partner, TAYLOR ENGLISH DUMA LLP
- Ralph Gazitua, Chairman, WTDC
- Professor Ted Henken, Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies, BARUCH COLLEGE*
- Peter A. Quinter, Esq., Chair, Customs and International Trade Law Group, GRAYROBINSON, P.A.
- Dr. Janet L. Walsh, President and CEO, BIRCHTREE GLOBAL, LLC
Dec 16th Newsletter, Sean P. Gazitua named WTDC President & CEO, WTDC opens office in Sao Paulo, WTDC attends NRF17 in NYC, New Forklifts to start the New Year, US-Cuba Relations Update, Two Upcoming Cuba Speaking Engagements for WTDC Chairman Ralph L - Read More
December 29th, 2016 at 9:38 am
JOC: Off-dock yard could speed truck turns at Miami port
On December 20, Journal of Commerce reported that PortMIami officials are considering a 100 acre off-dock container yard in western Miami-Dade County to alleviate congestion. As it stands today, the 522 acre PortMiami could only handle 1.6-1.7 TEUs of projected container volume, a target within reach based on 2015's 15% growth to 1 million TEUs handled. Empty containers and chassis could be stored at the off-dock site clearing up space for future infrastructure improvements.
JOC: Off-dock yard could speed truck turns at Miami port (Subscription may be required)
Helping His House: Successful Annual Pajama Drive
Thank you to all those who donated! WTDC completed its Second Annual Pajama Drive for the the boys and girls of HisHouse, a faith-based non-profit organization dedicated to offering safe, caring homes, and restoring joy to the lives of South Florida children from abandoned, abused, and neglected homes. If you would like to learn more about HisHouse or make a donation, we encourage you to visit their website https://www.hhch.org/about/.
WTDC Intern Kevin Maloy travels abroad with FIU
WTDC Intern Kevin Maloy, FIU School of Business '18, is spending his winter break on an 11 day FIU travel abroad program. Highlights include visits to companies such as Siemens and Migros, a visit to the US Embassy in Vienna, and plenty of holiday sightseeing. Way to go Kevin!
WTDC Intern Marcello Cardillo promoted to Marketing Department
WTDC Intern Marcello Cardillo recently completed his Internship and will join WTDC's marketing department. Mr. Cardillo has been assisting in WTDC's marketing efforts with Cuba, as he spent his formative years on the island in international school as an Italian citizen.
WTDC Holiday Party recap
In traditional Cuban Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) fashion, WTDC celebrated its Holiday Party with the roasting of a pig and plenty of food and drink for our family, customers, and friends. Happy Holidays indeed!
December 29 WTDC Newsletter, PortMiami considers inland container yard, Intern Marcello Cardillo promoted to Marketing Department, WTDC Intern Keving Maloy Maloy travels abroad wth FIU, WTDC Holiday Party Recap - Read More
December 15th, 2016 at 3:39 pm
Holiday Hours of Operation:
WTDC Closed Dec. 26 for Christmas
WTDC Closed Jan. 2 for New Year's
Happy Holidays from WTDC & Friends
Pete De La Torre radio program welcomes Ralph Gazitua
On Thursday, Dec. 15, WTDC President & CEO Ralph L Gazitua joined the Pete De La Torre radio program on WBRN to discuss the evolving relationship between the United States and Cuba as well as the Gazitua family legacy which includes WTDC, now in its third generation of management and ownership by the Gazitua family. Replays on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. A link to download the interview will be available on WTDC's blog for one week, click below to access the interview download.
Listen anytime, link to podcast download of the Pete De La Torre show featuring Ralph L. Gazitua
FIU Masters grad Jose Ramirez completes WTDC Internship
Congratulations to Jose Ramirez who graduated from FIU this week with a Masters in Engineering Management, Logistics track. Originally from Venezuela, Mr. Ramirez also completed his WTDC Operations Internship this week. Thank you for bringing your amazing talents to WTDC. Best of luck, you will be missed!
FIU student Juliana Serafim
begins WTDC Internship
Welcome to the team Juliana Serafim! Juliana, FIU Class of 2018, School of Construction, Civil Engineering, is from Brasilia, Brazil, and began her WTDC Operations Internship this week. Looking forward to working with you!
A good mix: Spirits Exports and Foreign Trade Zones
In its Foreign Trade Zone, WTDC manages prepositioned inventory of Wine and Spirits destined for export or the Duty Free and Travel Retail sector. On a daily basis, we stage orders for the customers of our Wine and Spirits clients. As an FTZ, WTDC communicates its forms electronically to U.S. Customs, an advantage that saves both time and money.
WTDC clients are sent transparent and comprehensive KPIs each month on our performance as their logistics provider. WTDC clients can also view their inventory levels and create orders online anytime in Magaya, our warehouse management system. Click here for more on FTZ Warehousing for Spirits.
U.S. & Cuba relations update:
Royal Caribbean & Norwegian cruises to Cuba approved
This week Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holding (NCLH) announced their approval to set sail from Florida to Cuba. NCLH stated that its first ship traveling to the island will be Oceania's 1,250-passenger Marina, approved for sail in March from PortMiami.
With short stops in Havana as part of a Caribbean itinerary, the recently announced cruises from RCL and NCLH stand to fare better the Carnival Fathom, the first cruise ship to travel to Cuba from the U.S. Carnival announced last month that the Fathom would end its week long cruises to multiple stops in Cuba next spring.
USA Today: Approved! Royal Caribbean, Norwegian
are going to Cuba
Miami Herald: Sailing soon from the U.S. to Cuba: ships from Norwegian and Royal Caribbean
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