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Did You Know??
In a Bonded Warehouse, you are required to pay Harbor Maintenance Fee on each import. HMF is currently .125% of the merchandise value.
Did you know that in a Foreign Trade Zone you consolidate the HMF payments quarterly?
Paying HMF quarterly is a significant cash flow strategy and cost saving measure for importers. Consolidating paperwork through electronic filing is just one of the many reasons companies are working with our FTZ.
Congratulations to Philippe Dennery, Freight Auditor, our March Employee of the Month!
Bloomberg: Miami-Dade County sees economic impact from Brazil
The Honorable Luiz de Araujo Castro, former Consul General of Brazil at the WTDC hosted Beacon Council event on Brazil
Pictured above: The Honorable Luiz de Araujo Castro, former Consul General of Brazil.
Yesterday Bloomberg published an article highlighting the importance of Latin America and Brazil's economic impact on Miami-Dade county. Last year, WTDC sponsored an event with the Beacon Council focused on harnessing the growing Brazilian market. The Beacon Council is prominently featured in the Bloomberg article for its continued efforts to attract foreign companies to Miami-Dade County.
Inside the Ropes at the Cadillac Championship in Doral
Sean P. Gazitua, (R) WTDC VP of Sales & Marketing, and Tommy Stevenson, (L) General Manager for AKSA USA/JAT Power at Cadillac Championship in Doral
At last week's PGA WGC Cadillac Championship, Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC VP of Sales & Marketing, and Tommy Stevenson, General Manager for AKSA USA/JAT Power, walked inside the ropes with Jeff Ogilvy's group as Honorary Observers.
The annual tournament is a signature event for our Doral community and Tiger Woods won (again!).
Did You Know??
In a Bonded Warehouse, you have to destroy, pay duty, or export merchandise when it has been in the U.S. for 5 years.
Did you know that in a Foreign Trade Zone you do not have any time restrictions?
Considering Spirits do get better with age, move your Bonded Spirits approaching the 5 year limit to a Foreign Trade Zone and avoid a very costly destruction.
CEO Corner and CEO Ralph Gazitua at Port of Miami where President Obama spoke about Private Infrastructure Development
President stated, "You ask any CEO where we they rather locate their business and hire new workers. Are you going to set up shop in a country that's got raggedy roads, runways that are pot-holed, and backed-up supply chains? Or are you going to seek out high-speed rail, Internet, high-tech schools, new state-of-the-art power grids, new bridges, new tunnels, new ports that help you ship products made in America to the rest of the world as fast as possible? That's what people are looking for. That's what CEOs are looking for."
Global Trade Magazine Features WTDC in The ABCs of FTZs article
To read the article please click here
FTZ 281 adding 1 million square ft.
Foreign Trade Zone 281 continues to grow through the efforts of WTDC and its consulting clients. More than 1 million square of new FTZ warehousing space are already under contract and we expect that number to double by the end of the year.
Who is applying for Foreign Trade Zone status and why?
Recap of FL Governor Rick Scott's May trade mission to Chile
Florida Governor Rick Scott traveled to Chile on a trade mission during the last week of May. Over 100 executives, politicians, and trade related officials made the trip including Bill Johnson, PortMiami Port Director, and Steven Cernak, Port Everglades Chief Executive & Port Director, and Phil Brown, Greater Orlando Aviation Executive Director.
Jose Perez-Jones, Seaboard Marine Senior Vice President, received an award for his continued commitment to promote Florida trade and transportation within Latin America. Governor Scott also announced that Chilean company Crystal Lagoons Corp, creators of the world's largest pool, are relocating their corporate offices to Miami. Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO, (pictured below, right, with Gov. Scott) attended on behalf of our company.
Chile ranks sixth among Florida’s top products export destinations, having amassed more than $3.9 billion in exports in 2011. Florida exports to Chile increased by 24.3 percent from October 2011 to October 2012.
Miami-Dade Police Department K-9 Unit trains at WTDC
Congratulations to Castell Chavez, Transportation Department, our June Employee of the Month!
WTDC featured in SigEp Journal, fraternity's national publication
Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC Vice President of Sales & Marketing, is an active alumni of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Florida International University. The values of this organization reflect his personal beliefs and have translated to his leadership in the workplace. Sean G. began hiring SigEp interns 3 years ago and the practice has proved very beneficial for WTDC, as now a number those interns are full-time employees.
Florida: The State of Foreign Trade Zones
By Gary M. Goldfarb, WTDC Executive Vice President 7/16/13
The State of Florida has a wealth of assets and every potential to grow into a state dominated by Foreign Trade activities. There are several foreign trade zones in the State of Florida that play an important role in the growth of foreign trade, but none have developed the necessary traction to attract important manufacturing, assembly or distribution companies to promote job growth.
Miami-Dade County recently obtained a Foreign Trade Zone grant that covers most of the county in a new designation called ASF (Alternate Site Framework) and allows companies in the county to obtain foreign trade zone status at their existing facilities without having to relocate into a compound.
Since the start of 2013, there have been 11 applications for status in Miami-Dade County, with over 1.4 million square feet of warehousing space being activated and almost 700 jobs retained and an additional 100 jobs to be added… all this in a period of 6 months. The projections for the remainder of the year call for the total square footage to add up to 2.8 million and approximately 800 new jobs created. This does not include the effects of the existing zones in the county which have permitted an additional 300,000 sq. ft. and an estimated 300 jobs.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has been very active promoting Foreign Trade with Latin America and Europe, recently traveling to Chile and France on Trade building missions. Additionally, economic development organizations at the state and local level understand the need for trade based jobs. Florida’s four principal ports (PortMiami, PortEverglades, Jaxport and Port of Tampa) can be engines for growth with their diverse populations with multi-language skills.
Safety 1st... and 2nd... and 3rd...
A key element to achieving any goal is implementation. With measurable objectives, an abstract concept like ‘Safety’ can become reality. WTDC is taking strides to make itself a safer place for its employees by implementing 5S initiatives. Safety is a byproduct of a trained and educated workforce completing their duties in an organized environment free of obstacles. Started by Japanese automobile manufacturers in the 1980s, the 5S process standardizes organization.
There are five primary 5S phases:
1. Sorting (Seiri)
2. Straightening (Seiton) (Set in order, Stabilizing)
3. Systematic cleaning (Seiso) (Sweeping or Shining)
4. Standardizing (Seiketsu) (Standard Operating Procedures)
5. Sustaining (Shitsuke) (Sustaining the Practice)
Whether a company decides to embrace 5S, an ISO Standard, or Lean Six Sigma practices, their ultimate success depends on the Implementation and the employees’ continued investment in its practices.
Our FTZ yard is ideal for storage and heavy lift transloads for Out of Gauge Crates, Container Sized Generators, and OTR Tires
The World Trade Center Miami announces that Air Cargo & SeaCargo Americas is scheduled for November 6-8, 2013
The purpose of Air Cargo & SeaCargo Americas is to increase two-way trade and business opportunities for the seaports, maritime and aviation companies, airports, and related logistics focused industries in the Western Hemisphere. More than 250 companies will showcase their products and services. At the 2011 show and conference, more than 7,000 international maritime and aviation executives attended the show from more than 65 countries.
Winning 3PL relationships, a DC Velocity interview with AWI's Mark Richards
DC Velocity: You have come up with a six-step process for selecting a third-party provider that allows everybody to win. Could you summarize those six steps for us?
M. Richards: One of the first steps is to understand yourself. Someone will contact us saying they need help looking for a third party and what's the price. I'll say, "Well, we can get to that, but can you tell me what you are trying to do with this and what your objectives are? Why are you even thinking about outsourcing?" Really, the first step is understanding who you are as a company and what your objectives are...
WTDC is a proud member of Associated Warehouses Inc. (AWI), a network of the nation's top independent 3PLs
August 15, 2013
Automating Small Package Receiving
Do you receive many small parcels for different customers on a daily basis?
WTDC Consulting develops customized technology solutions for our clients and their Operations. We are currently installing a technology and system implementation that receives up to 500 different packages per hour, capturing customer information, dimensions and weight automatically. Our clients are now able to provide Just in Time information to their customers. For additional resources click here
Our FTZ Yard is ideal for heavy lift projects and out of gauge storage
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Congratulations to Mickie Irizarry, WTDC Import Desk Customer Service, August Employee of the Month
A Message from our FTZ Customer: Tortuga Rum Cake Company
For nearly 30 years Tortuga Rum Cake Company has continued to deliver the world’s best selling rum cake, using a four generations old secret family recipe and the finest ingredients. Each cake is hand glazed with 5 year old Tortuga Gold Rum and vacuum sealed to lock in the delicious freshness and ensure a shelf life of up to 12 months. Tortuga rum cakes contain less than .5% alcohol, which is legal to sell to all ages.
We have a very strong brand presence across the Caribbean, North America and into Europe. The Tortuga experience is often a nostalgic one tied to unforgettable vacations and expressed with a gleam in the eye and a fond tale of the first bite. Named the 2013 “Greatest Caribbean Gift” by Porthole Cruise Magazine, Tortuga has been recognized as “Best Cruise Souvenir” for the nine consecutive years!
In addition to our award winning rum cakes, the Tortuga line includes Chocolate Rum Turtles with Sea Salt, three flavors of rum fudge, Caribbean sauces, and exotic flavored coffees. Our prestigious 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is reserved for our more discriminating coffee aficionados.
If you have interest in our Tortuga product line for distributorship or to sell in your retail stores please contact Tanya Lazarus, Caribbean & Latin American Sales Manager by email or 305-378-6668 x 320.
For additional FTZ information, visit our website http://www.wtdc.com
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At WTDC, we take pride in delivering logistics solutions to our
clients. We understand the needs of each company are unique
and we tailor our process around your cargo and schedule. On a
daily basis we process shipments of all sized to businesses and
consumers. We offer:
• Complete Supply Chain Management
• U.S. Customs Bonded Warehousing
• Container Freight Station (CFS)
• Air Cargo Assemblage and Consolidation
• Prepositioned Inventory Management
• Boat, Vehicle, & Machinery Loading & Export
• Fast turnaround of your cargo so you can transfer the
WTDC Manages the Supply Chain. Our staff of dedicated
professionals can help you streamline your entire logistics
process. From providing inbound logistics and export services to
managing your inventory in our facilities, we provide impeccable
service and confidence.
In addition to the service above, WTDC provides:
• Aerospace Logistics
• Bonded & Domestic Warehousing
• eCommerce and Fulfillment Services
• Cold Storage & Transportation
• Vehicle & Machinery Loading & Export
• Project Rigging & Handling
• Packing & Crating
• Trade Financing
• Pick & Pack
• Duty Drawback
• Air Gateway