Sorry for the late response. Was on vacation. I got past the jaxbexception. Turned out I still had jaxb 1.0 in my codebase taking precedence over the 2.0 I placed elsewhere. Now that I have 2.0 in all the right places, I'm able to import/export xml files !
thanks for the suggestions !
[ November 20, 2008: Message edited by: Nija Shah ]