Scott joins software firm TradeMerit
Trucking and cross-border trade policy veteran Sandra Scott has joined TradeMerit Corp., a Canadian logistics software integrator, as vice president of business development in the United States.
Scott worked more than 26 years for YRC Worldwide, the nation’s largest less-than-truckload carrier, and its predecessor Yellow Corp. before retiring in May 2006. She subsequently set up a consulting practice called SaSync Borders that provided import-export services for shippers and transportation providers doing business in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Among her areas of expertise are transportation, logistics, government affairs, cross-border trade facilitation, process management, automated customs systems, customs brokerage and cargo security. While at YRC she developed best practices for cross-border operations and logistics to ensure regulatory compliance with customs administrations around the world.
Scott served two terms on the Commercial Operations Advisory Committee, the industry panel that meets regularly to provide industry input to the Department of Homeland Security on how customs and security regulations impact trade. In that role, she helped develop motor carrier requirements for the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism and the Free and Secure Trade program for expedited clearance of pre-certified motor carriers. She also advised the Food and Drug Administration on its implementation of the BioTerrorism Act and is active on the Trade Support Network providing advice to U.S. Customs on its new computer system for managing international trade.
Ottawa-based TradeMerit is a start-up firm founded by Wael Aggan, who also co-founded ViaSafe before selling the company to fellow Canadian supply chain software company Descartes Systems Group in 2006. ViaSafe specialized in automating customs-related document changes, such as converting paper-based truck manifests to electronic format to reduce border wait times.
TradeMerit provides a single-window interface for international traders trying to track the status of orders and shipments from other countries. It’s core function replaces the need for an importer to visit the Web site of every manufacturing and logistics service provider, and customs administrations by providing an integrated, on-demand view of all activity by connecting data from multiple Web sites in the background.
The company’s primary target is small and medium-size enterprises who often lack the systems of major corporations to gain visibility into their supply chain, said Scott, who is also bringing her consulting practice to TradeMerit U.S. ' Eric Kulisch