WTDC Newsletter – March 2, 2021

President’s Corner
This week WTDC welcomes our Chilean logistics partner Empresas Perrot to our offices. Today we met with City of Doral Mayor JC Bermudez (photo above) to discuss our strategy to grow the Chile-US trade lane. Next week on March 8th, WTDC will celebrate our 44th year in business. Our 43rd year was certainly like none other but we are grateful for the lessons learned, the customers who await the return of the Duty Free and Travel Retail markets, and of course our employees. Stay healthy, Sean Gazitua President & CEO
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PortMiami handled 113,835 teu (20 foot container equivalents) in January 2021, a 21% increase from January 2020’s 94,064 teu handled. The top 5 commodities were furniture, marble, cigars, melons, and vegetables, in that order. Many of the top 5 imported commodities climbed double digits in their import rank during January.
Container Management: PortMiami sees record cargo activity in January
Tai Chi demonstration for WTDC Health & Wellness
On February 26th, WTDC employees and tenants were treated to a Tai Chi demonstration by Reza Ray Dehbozorgi from Minuteman Press of Miami. Ray taught those in attendance Tai Chi movements and breathing exercises as part of WTDC’s Health and Wellness Program. Are you interested in learning more about Tai Chi? Ray offers free instruction at the 77th Ave entrance to Coral Reef Park on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. Feel free to join him!
Shore power for PortMiami
On February 17th, the office of Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced that the County, Florida Power & Light (FPL), and six of the biggest cruise lines will create a working group to determine the most effective way to bring shore power to PortMiami. New ships are being build with shore power electricity capabilities but PortMiami does not currently offer the service that would allow cruise ships to turn off their diesel engines while in port and draw electricity from the shore.
Miami-Dade County: Joint statement regarding shore power at PortMiami
Biscayne Bay Tribune: Mayor Levine Cava announces plans to bring shore power to PortMiami
Merck to produce Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
Today the White House announced that Johnson & Johnson will be assisted in their COVID-19 vaccine production by Merck, the pharmaceutical supplier of the measles, mumps, and rubella childhood vaccines, among others. Merck will dedicate one facility to producing the vaccine and another facility for “fill-finish” services, placing the vaccine in vials and packaging for distribution.
Washington Post: Biden to announce ‘historic partnership’: Merck will help make Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, officials say
WTDC Interns model for CAPHEINA clothing line
WTDC’s Interns had some fun out of the office last week collaborating as models for our tenant CAPHEINA, see photo above. CAPHEINA is a designer clothing brand that specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces, with headquarters located at WTDC. The brand is best known for its “Around the World Jackets”, which focus on sourcing handmade textiles directly from artisans in Latin-American countries (such as Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador) to ensure fair trade; while at the same time sourcing their denim jackets from top quality retailers (such as Levi’s and Lee). The company works with existing inventory thereby reducing its environmental footprint.