WTDC Newsletter – December 1, 2020
- PortMiami set cargo volume records in October 2020
- Moderna files for Emergency Use Authorization with FDA for COVID-19 vaccine
- FMC will monitor top 3 shipping alliances monthly
- Congratulating Empresas Perrot on their 80th Anniversary
- President’s Corner: Giving Tuesday
|This Thanksgiving was like none other as many American families limited their holiday gatherings. Retailers rolled out online deals early this year to avoid crowding in stores but online shopping records still shattered on Black Friday and again this week on Cyber Monday. Adobe Analytics reported $10.8 billion in Cyber Monday shopping, an increase of over 15% from last year. Non-profits, schools, and faith based organizations hope that record spending continues today on Giving Tuesday. WTDC welcomes our colleagues to participate in any of our annual giving traditions. We are collecting new pajamas again for the children of His House, see article below, and each year WTDC sponsors Christmas gifts for children of the incarcerated through the Angel Tree Program. Last week, we shared a video of our WTDC employees and my son pitching in for our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. We hope the spirit of the holiday season encourages you to give back on Giving Tuesday. From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy Holidays!
-Sean Gazitua, President & CEO
|Giving Tuesday – Pajama Drive for His House
|Please join us in our 6th Annual Pajama Drive for His House Children’s Home. Each year, WTDC collects new pajamas for the children of His House, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the lives of children and families. We are already halfway We are collecting Boys and Girls Youth Sizes S to XL, and Boys and Girls Adult Sizes X-Small to XL. Collecting until December 18, 2020. Add our address to your online shopping cart! You can mail or ship to: WTDC attention Ginger Diez/PJ Drive, 2801 NW 74th Ave, Suite 100, Miami, FL 33122. For additional information you can contact WTDC Logistics Manager Ginger Diez below.
|Congratulations to our Chilean logistics partner Empresas Perrot on celebrating 80 years in business! We send our warmest wishes to Owner and General Manager Carlos Mauricio Perrot and his team. To celebrate our partner, WTDC posted an Empresas Perrot 80th Anniversary video created by our talented Intern Kristina Khudiakova, an International Business student at FIU. The video featured celebratory wishes and welcomed Empresas Perrot to the USA. It included cameos from the Mayor of Doral, PortMiami, City National Bank, ProChile, FEBICHAM, Chile-US Chamber, and the Gazitua family. You can see the video by clicking the image of Mr. Gazitua above. For more on WTDC and Empresas Perrot’s door to door logistics services between Chile and the USA, follow the link below.
|WTDC Holiday Hours
|Christmas – Closed December 25 New Year’s – Closed January 1
|PortMiami set cargo volume records in October 2020
|October 2020 was the busiest month in cargo activity in PortMiami history. The Port processed 107,088 TEUs (20 foot container equivalent units) in October, a 1.5% increase from the 105,573 TEUs recorded in October 2019.
|Moderna files for Emergency Use Authorization with FDA for COVID-19 vaccine
|On Monday, November 30, U.S. drug maker Moderna reported a 94.1% efficacy in its COVID-19 vaccine primary efficacy analysis of 30,000 participants, confirming initial results. The vaccine was 100% effective in preventing serious disease from the coronavirus. Moderna subsequently applied Monday to the U.S. FDA for Emergency Use Authorization as well to the European Medicines Agency for Conditional Marketing Authorization. Americans could begin receiving the vaccine injection as soon as December 21, 2020, if approved.
|NY Times: Moderna applies for emergency FDA approval for its Coronavirus vaccine
|Moderna Press Release – November 30, 2020
|FMC will now monitor top 3 shipping alliances monthly
|Last week the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued notice to the top three global carrier alliances – 2M. Ocean Alliance, and THE Alliance – that it will request trade data monthly that had previously been reported quarterly. The Commission’s Bureau of Trade Analysis requested the change based on recent fluctuations in the market and so that they can better . Shipper complaints of high Trans-Pacific rates, demurrage and detention surges, and lack of export container availability spurred the FMC to begin investigating ocean carriers operating in alliances in November 2020.