U.S. Customs and Border Protection Inducts Vastera Exec

Kimberly Awalt named "Trade Ambassador" for Automated Commercial Environment Program

Kimberly Awalt named "Trade Ambassador" for Automated Commercial Environment Program

Dulles, VA — November 30, 2004 — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has inducted Kimberly Awalt, product management for U.S. Import Solutions for global trade management (GTM) specialist Vastera, as a representative in its exclusive Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Trade Ambassador Program.

The CBP's Trade Ambassador Program, which consists of 25 member companies, enables leaders in the global trade arena to help shape the processes and technical requirements surrounding ACE, a major initiative in CBP's modernization efforts.

ACE is a Web-based import and export tracking system that is replacing CBP's paper-based Automated Commercial Systems (ACS). ACE will process both imports and exports and will be linked to law enforcement, revenue management and mission support systems to enable integrated field operations and nationwide collaborative teaming. For example, ACE will give Customs officials at any port the ability to call up information from other border crossings.

Vastera said that Awalt was selected for the program because of her expertise in the area of customs management, trade compliance and global trade technology. In addition, Awalt will bring to the team the views and technical requirements of Vastera's global trade software users. Other companies joining Vastera in the Trade Ambassador Program include General Electric, General Mills, General Motors, Hasbro, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Northwest Airlines.

"We are honored to have Kimberly Awalt represent Vastera and its customers in influencing the design and development of this vital government trade initiative," said Tim Davenport, president and CEO of Vastera. "This achievement reinforces Vastera's long-standing commitment to assisting the federal trade community and to voicing our customers' needs and concerns to the government."

In addition to the ACE Trade Ambassador Program, Vastera also has representation in the CBP's Trade Support Network (TSN), a group of more than 150 trade representatives spanning the breadth of the trade community. The TSN was established in 1994 to provide a forum for the discussion of significant redesign efforts. Vastera TSN members include Larry Christensen (former Bureau of Export Administration director), George Weise (former U.S. Customs commissioner) and Chadd Westhoff (director of product management for Vastera).

For a look at how Tyco Fire & Security is tackling trade compliance issues in its global supply chain, see "Turning Global Trade Compliance Into a Competitive Advantage," in the August/September 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

For more information on the challenges and opportunities presented by increasingly global supply chains, see the special in-depth report in the August/September 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive, which includes the following articles:

For more information on the global supply chain, with a focus on security issues, see "Building the Secure Supply Chain," the Net Best Thing article in the June/July 2003 issue of iSource Business (now Supply & Demand Chain Executive) magazine.