Trade logistics firms vital for South Florida’s international commerce

Hundreds of small trade logistics companies give South Florida a competitive edge in international commerce as ‘one-stop shops’ for companies moving products and improving their supply chains.

Concepts & Design Studio, which sells contemporary furniture and accessories imported from 10 suppliers in Spain and China, uses WTDC in Miami to handle trade logistics — all the steps required to move its goods from the manufacturers’ shipping bays in Europe and Asia to Concept & Design’s trucks for delivery to customers.

“WTDC arranges the overseas freight, containers, customs documents, inland freight and storage for our products,” said Tim Broderick, who co-owns the Miami-based Concepts & Design Studio with interior designer Julissa De Los Santos. “I don’t know all the details of exporting and importing furniture and it would take tremendous resources for me to learn,” noted Broderick, whose business sells furniture through its Modern Home 2 Go store and provides design services.

“I don’t have to invest in forklifts and containers and other equipment, so I can concentrate on finding the right products for our company. They take care of all the other details. It’s a one-stop shop for me.”
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“Trade logistics is extraordinarily important for this community,” said Jerry Haar, professor and associate dean of the College of Business Administration at Florida International University and an expert in international commerce.

 

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