Member Spotlight

Vanessa Untalan Suntay

Member Spotlight: Vanessa Suntay
April 2019

Maria Vanessa Untalan Suntay is a graduate from the University of the Philippines with a bachelor's degree of Mass Communication major in Film and Audio Visual Communication. She was once an executive producer for tv commercials/pageants/special events in her home country. Before moving to California back in 2007, she remembered being asked by the US Embassy’s consul in the Philippines on what she will do in the US and her response – "I will go with the flow".

Fast forward to 2019, Vanessa is a US licensed customs broker and certified customs specialist. From being a film graduate, she is now a global trade specialist serving Silicon Valley semiconductor companies with experiences of the following: classifying commodity and technology for Import and Export; managing deemed export and hardware export licenses; creating company policies/procedures/control plans to ensure export and import due diligence with solid knowledge of BIS’ Export Administration Regulations, CBP’s Code of Federal Regulations, DDTC’s ITAR; aligning with logistics/procurement/supply chain by promoting trade related tools/projects to become more effective in terms of timely export of goods/import customs clearance and delivery to external and internal customers. She credits her colleagues from DB Schenker and BAX Global for all the lessons learned as a customs entry writer and customer service representative. Her experiences from the freight forwarder side made her dependable amongst her current peers with skill set on customs brokerage and domestic/import logistics.

Vanessa outside the trade industry is a wife to her ever supportive husband and a loving mother to her 2 wonderful kids… She enjoys playing volleyball and is a volleyball coach at her daughter’s team from Holy Spirit School in Fremont Ca.


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