About SIA Events


SIA's mission is to educate the international trade community in all aspects of technology transfer. SIA's unique relationship maintained with the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and other US Government agencies is key to the Society's success. Basics (Winter & Summer) Conferences 

The Basics conferences are geared to the newcomer to export controls or to experienced professionals who are seeking refresher training. These conferences provide an overview of export controls and the ITAR, followed by "how to" sessions covering topics such as: drafting and submitting requests for export authorizations (e.g., DSP forms, and Agreements); developing and implementing ITAR compliance programs; and using export authorizations and ITAR exemptions.

SIA holds two Basics conferences each year, one in the summer (in the Washington, DC area) and one in the winter (outside of the Washington, DC area).

Spring & Fall Conferences 

The Spring and Fall conferences are targeted to the experienced exporter. While there is some "how to" information provided at these conferences, they focus on more complex issues such as: recent policy and regulatory changes; foreign party due diligence reviews; export licensing and compliance requirements for mergers and acquisitions; recent enforcement actions; and customs and shipping issues.

The conferences are designed to address prevalent industry issues as highlighted by our membership. Speakers are drawn from the export controls community, including senior government officials from the Departments of State, Commerce, Homeland Security and Treasury. The Fall Conference is held in the Washington, D.C. area and the Spring Conference is normally held outside of the Washington, DC area. 

Basics (Winter & Summer) 
Basics Conference - These are typically geared to the newcomer to export controls. The target conference attendee has less than one year of experience. These conferences provide basic "how to" information on filling out and submitting requests for export authorizations (e.g., DSP-5s, 61s, 73s, 85s, and technical assistance, manufacturing, and warehouse and distribution agreements.) We normally have two such conferences each year, one in the Winter in the western half of the United States and the other in the Summer in the eastern half.

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