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WTDC March 15 Newsletter: WTDC DFNI; Cuba A Year in Review; MDC Honor Society Scholarship; MDP Invocation & Benediction

Posted on March 16th, 2017 at 9:52 am

WTDC: 40 years in business!

 

WTDC, a Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company in Miami, FL, is celebrating its 40th anniversary of business with the promotion of Sean P. Gazitua as President & CEO. Founded by the Gazitua family on March 8, 1977, WTDC began as a U.S. Customs General Order Warehouse. WTDC has now evolved into a full service Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics Company, specializing in inventory management. 

 

Thank you for being part of our 40 year history, we look forward to many more!

 

 

 

Duty-Free News International features WTDC's Sean Gazitua

 

The recent promotion of Sean P. Gazitua to WTDC President & CEO promotion was featured in leading Duty Free & Travel Retail magazine Duty-Free News International (DFNI) last week. Special thanks to DFNI for this feature!

From the DFNI article:

“Duty-free and travel-retail industry logistics and Foreign Trade Zone company WTDC has announced the promotion of Sean P. Gazitua as president and CEO.

Gazitua developed an extensive grasp of Foreign Trade Zone Operations and Logistics Management working his way through the ranks at WTDC as operations manager, then director of Logistics, vice-president sales and marketing, and most recently as vice president.

 

Sean Gazitua succeeds his father, WTDC chairman Ralph L. Gazitua, as well as his uncle John Gazitua and grandfather Luis Rafael Gazitua, as the third generation of Gazitua to manage the company.” Click here to read more

 

 

 

 

Recap of GMCC event

'Cuba: A Year in Review'

 

On Tuesday, March 7th, WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua was a panel speaker at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s event ‘Cuba: A Year in Review.’ Mr. Gazitua spoke about the regulations between the U.S. and Cuba, his experience researching business opportunities on the Island, and what the future may hold for U.S.-Cuba relations.

 

 

Scholarship for 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. He announced that he would sponsor a scholarship for a student who best reflected on the key points of his speech in an essay to be submitted to WTDC.

We are proud to announce that we have selected Brianna Gutierrez as the winner of the $1000 scholarship.

“Ms. Gutierrez’s essay showed clear demonstration for God, Family, Business and Legacy which were the Key points of my speech. I was very impressed by the accomplishments of Brianna and her family detailed in her essay,” said Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC Chairman.

 

 

 

Community Involvement: Graduation ceremony for Colombian National Police trained by MDPD SWAT


WTDC Chairman and Miami-Dade Police Department Chaplain Ralph L. Gazitua gave the invocation and benediction for the graduation of the Colombian National Police’s training by MDPD’s special response team.

“It was an honor to give the invocation today for the graduation of the Colombian National Police trained by MDPD. We are blessed to have such skilled officers protecting our community. It is a great outreach program for the MDPD to share its knowledge and expertise so that other communities can benefit from having a highly skilled tactical response team,” said Mr. Gazitua.

 

Pictured with MDPD Director Juan Perez and the Colombian Lt. Col.

 

 

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Duty-Free News International Features Sean Gazitua's promotion

Posted on March 15th, 2017 at 9:44 am


DFNI Sean

WTDC promotes Sean Gazitua as president and CEO

Posted by: David Tran DFNI
March 9, 2017

Duty-free and travel-retail industry logistics and Foreign Trade Zone company WTDC has announced the promotion of Sean P. Gazitua as president and CEO.

Gazitua developed an extensive grasp of Foreign Trade Zone Operations and Logistics Management working his way through the ranks at WTDC as operations manager, then director of Logistics, vice-president sales and marketing, and most recently as vice president.

Sean Gazitua succeeds his father, WTDC chairman Ralph L. Gazitua, as well as his uncle John Gazitua and grandfather Luis Rafael Gazitua, as the third generation of Gazitua to manage the company.

“WTDC’s future is focused on building a company that unites technology and best practices with the values we share as a family. We’ve come a long way since our founding 40 years ago but still maintain our commitment to service and our employees as a family owned company,” said Gazitua.

Gazitua was integral in building WTDC’s client base of manufacturers and consolidators. The company specialises in managing inventory in its Foreign Trade Zone, a cost saving measure for its customers. “This year we look forward to growing our existing accounts and further developing our transportation department with air and ocean freight forwarding. We are unique in the local market in that WTDC maintains rigorous- corporate standards of accountability while having the flexibility as a family owned company to customise our operations for our customers,” he added.

Founded by the Gazitua family on March 8, 1977, the company began as a US Customs General Order Warehouse, which stores cargo that has been seized by US Customs and helps alleviate congestion at seaports and airports. WTDC has now evolved into a full-service Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics Company, specialising in inventory management.

“It’s an honour to continue the Gazitua family tradition of excellence in logistics. My grandparents, father, and uncle are all included on the monument near PortMiami as ‘Pioneers in International Trade and Transportation Industry.’ We build upon that legacy each day at WTDC by providing excellent customer service and attention to detail for our customers.”

http://www.dfnionline.com/latest-news/people/wtdc-promotes-sean-gazitua-president-ceo-09-03-2017/

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WTDC celebrates 40 year anniversary with promotion of Sean P. Gazitua as President & CEO March 8th

Posted on March 8th, 2017 at 1:57 pm

WTDC, a Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company in Miami, FL, is celebrating its 40th anniversary of business with the promotion of Sean P. Gazitua as President & CEO. Founded by the Gazitua family on March 8, 1977, the company began as a U.S. Customs General Order Warehouse. A General Order warehouse stores cargo that has been seized by U.S. Customs and helps alleviate congestion at seaports and airports. WTDC has now evolved into a full service Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics Company, specializing in inventory management. 

 

"WTDC's future is focused on building a company that unites technology and best practices with the values we share as a family. We've come a long way since our founding 40 years ago but still maintain our commitment to service and our employees as a family owned company," said Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO. 

 

Mr. Gazitua developed an extensive grasp of Foreign Trade Zone Operations and Logistics Management working his way through the ranks at WTDC as an Operations Manager, Director of Logistics, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and most recently as Vice President. He was integral in building WTDC’s client base of manufacturers and consolidators. The company 

specializes in managing inventory in its Foreign Trade Zone, a cost saving measure for its customers. “This year we look forward to growing our existing accounts and further developing our transportation department with air and ocean freight forwarding. We are unique in the local market in that WTDC maintains rigorous- corporate standards of accountability while having the flexibility as a family owned company to customize our operations for our customers.” 

 

Sean P. Gazitua succeeds his father, WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua, as well as his uncle John Gazitua and grandfather Luis Rafael Gazitua, as the third generation of Gazitua to manage the company. “It’s an honor to continue the Gazitua family tradition of excellence in logistics. My grandparents, father, and uncle are all included on the monument near PortMiami as ‘Pioneers in International Trade and Transportation Industry.’ We build upon that legacy each day at WTDC by providing excellent customer service and attention to detail for our customers.” 

 

About WTDC: 

WTDC is a Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics Company in Miami, FL, family owned and operated by the Gazitua family. Founded on March 8, 1977, the company is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. WTDC is a full service logistics company specializing in inventory management.

 

For more information, contact:

 

Sean Powers, Sales and Marketing Manager, WTDC, 305-594-3887, spowers@wtdc.com

 

Sean Gazitua, President & CEO, WTDC, 305-594-7484, sgazitua@wtdc.com

 

 

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March 1st Newsletter; WTDC 40th Anniversary, LiveLikeBella 5k Walk/Run, Miami Dade College Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society, GMCC Event: Cuba, A Year in Review

Posted on 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.

 

 

LiveLikeBella.org

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

GMCC Event:

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

GMCC

 

Speakers

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 Newsletter

Posted on 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 - license 'a major achievement'

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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Febuary 1st Newsletter, U.S.-Cuba Relations Updates, C-TPAT Approved, Miami Dade College presents speaker panel 'Realities of Doing Business in Cuba', Miami International Boat Show returns to Miami Marine Stadium

Posted on 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 

 

 

C-TPAT Approved

 

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

 

 

U.S.-Cuba Relations Update:

Florida governor threatens to withhold state funding for ports that engage with Cuba

 

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, only a day after the first Cuban export hit Florida and the day before Port Everglades officials were scheduled to sign an MOU with Cuban port officials, Florida Governor Rick Scott expressed his displeasure with Florida ports engaging with Cuban officials. Gov. Scott threatened to withhold state funding to Florida ports that entered agreements with Cuba. As a result of Gov. Scott's comments, both Port Everglades and Port of Palm Beach canceled plans on Thursday and Friday, respectively, to sign agreements with Cuban port officials that had traveled to ink the deals.

 

Miami CBS4: Port Everglades Calls Off Pact With Cuba After Governor’s Threat

 

Miami Herald: Cuban delegation arrives amid threats by Gov. Scott to cut funding to ports that sign pacts

 

Miami Herald: Gov. Scott doesn't want Florida's ports making deals with Cuba

 

 

 

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 Sc
hool 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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