Polia Comella, Manager, Trade & Customs
Polia (Quinn) Comella is a Manager for Rockefeller Group Foreign Trade Zone Services, a division of Rockefeller Group Development Corporation and a part of Rockefeller Group. Rockefeller Group is a private corporation dedicated to excellence in commercial real estate development and services including foreign-trade zone (“FTZ”) feasibility, site selection, approval, activation, and operational support.
Polia is a licensed customs broker, IATA/FIATA certified and an Accredited Zone Specialist. She formerly served as FTZ Administrator for a multinational apparel and outdoor gear retailer. Polia has knowledge and experience integrating commercial WMS and ERP systems with FTZ reporting functions as part of FTZ implementation and managing overall Customs compliance processes. Polia was responsible for inventory management and Customs reporting in her role as a FTZ Administrator including coordination with Customs officials and carriers. She is also adept at Customs systems and import/export reporting processes including record keeping requirements.
Prior to her experience as a FTZ Administrator in retail distribution, Polia worked for a major freight forwarder and customs brokerage firm as a Customs Systems Development Supervisor in the Customs and Compliance Product Group.
Polia has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in International Business and Information Systems from the University of Washington Business School and a master’s in Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University. She served in the U.S. Army Reserve and is fluent in Bulgarian with good knowledge of German and an understanding of Russian, Serbian and Macedonian languages. Polia is an active member of the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones and participates on the Automation and Regulated Industries Committees.