WTDC Newsletter – October 16, 2020
-President’s Corner: WTDC President & CEO Sean Gazitua speaks to FIU IBHS
-Save the Date: ProChile’s Chile Connected starts on Oct. 19
-WTDC and Empresas Perrot Announce Strategic Partnership to Create More Competitive Logistics Options for Customers in USA and Chile
WTDC and Empresas Perrot Announce Strategic Partnership to Create More Competitive Logistics Options for Customers in USA and Chile
WTDC, a Foreign Trade Zone and Freight Forwarder in Miami, Florida, USA, and Empresas Perrot Group Inc., a premier Trucking and Logistics Provider in Santiago, Chile, announced a strategic partnership that creates seamless connectivity for customers across their complementary domestic and international logistics networks in the USA and Chile. WTDC and Empresas Perrot will be exclusive agents within each other’s countries as part of the agreement.
“Pairing Empresas Perrot’s trucking and logistics network in Chile with WTDC’s expertise as a foreign trade zone, freight forwarder, and customs broker in the USA is a great benefit for customers of both our companies,” said Sean Gazitua, President and CEO, WTDC. “My grandfather was born in Santiago, Chile, so this partnership has special meaning to me. I would like to thank Empresas Perrot’s Owner Mauricio Perrot for his vision and his respect for our family. He represents the second generation of his family’s logistics business and I am a third-generation family owner and operator of WTDC. I look forward to working with Mauricio and the Empresas Perrot team to build a lasting relationship and a service.”
WTDC and Empresas Perrot provide door to door logistics services between the USA and Chile. We offer:
• Complete supply chain management between Chile and USA
• Freight Forwarding – Worldwide Air and Ocean transport
• Warehousing, consolidations, and fulfillment in Chile and USA
• Customs documentation and clearance in Chile and USA
• Drayage and port services in Chile and USA
• LTL and FTL trucking services in Chile and USA
• Last mile delivery, flatbed, and stepdeck in Chile and USA
WTDC has been working with ProChile Southeast USA, Empresas Perrot, and City National Bank-BCI (a Chilean owned financial institution based in Miami) to develop a door to door logistics program with special benefits for small and medium Chilean exporters. ProChile, a division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, promotes Chilean exports of products and services with special attention shown to small and medium sized enterprises.
Chile is currently ranked as the 26th top U.S. trade partner through August 2020 and ranked 29th in 2019 (WorldCity). South Florida now has two of the top three ports for Chilean trade through August of this year, with Miami International Airport ranking number 1 and Port Everglades ranking number 3 (WorldCity). The U.S. WTDC and Empresas Perrot introduce this logistics service to a trade lane with few barriers and room for growth thanks to the Chile-US Free Trade Agreement. The FTA was updated in 2015 to eliminate most tariffs on imports between either country.
“This strategic partnership with Empresas Perrot will assist WTDC’s growth in the wine and spirits, mining, renewable energy, and technology industries,” Mr. Gazitua added.
WTDC and Empresas Perrot are poised to deliver innovative and efficient logistics solutions for our clients and we look forward to sharing additional details on the success of this partnership.
WorldCity: Chile Trade Numbers
USTR: Chile FTA
WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua visited with Consul General of Chile in Miami Hernán Núñez Montenegro on October 16, 2020, to update him on the progress of WTDC’s alliance with ProChile, Empresas Perrot, and City National Bank-BCI.
Empresas Perrot visited WTDC the week of October 12, 2020. The companies formed a strategic partnership to deliver door to door logistics services between Chile and the USA. Pictured left to right: Efrain Rodriguez, Empresas Perrot General Manager, Gabriel Bedregal, Empresas Perrot Advisor & Commercial Manager, Maurizio Perrot Sepulveda, Empresas Perrot Ground Transport Manager, Carlos Mauricio Perrot, Empresas Perrot Owner, Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC Chairman, and Sean Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO.
On Wednesday of this week, I was the guest speaker for FIU’s International Business Honor Society (IBHS). WTDC has a long running partnership with FIU IBHS in support of their trade mission to Bandhwari, India. Each year, WTDC offers a $1000 scholarship towards student travel for the Bandhwari Women’s Project. My presentation focused on trade and logistics as well as my professional growth from working in the WTDC warehouse to my current role as President & CEO. As an International Business graduate from FIU, I was able to relate real-world scenarios to their studies. I introduced an essay contest to qualify for the scholarship and offered Logistics Internships in Operations and Sales and Marketing. Kristina Khudiakova, WTDC Social Media Intern and President of FIU IBHS, participated in last year’s Bandhwari Women’s Project and oversaw the direction of the Zoom presentation. Lead by the FIU IBHS Executive Board and their Advisor Dr. David Wernick, the Bandhwari Women’s Project aims to build sustainable business models for the women of Bandhwari, India. It’s a pleasure to see the passion these students have for bettering our world! Send an email to WTDC President & CEO Sean Gazitua
Save the Date: ProChile’s Chile Connected starts on Oct. 19
Chile Connected is a virtual business meeting that seeks to consolidate the U.S. as a destination market for innovative and high value-added Chilean products and services, such as creative industries, technology, healthy food and women-led businesses. Along with the B2B matchmaking event, Chile Connected will include a series of sector-specific panels with high-level experts and keynote speakers from both markets.