SIA's mission is to educate the international trade community by providing a forum for the exchange of information on the export and import process.
SIA's unique relationship maintained with the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, the Department of Defense’s Defense Technology Security Administration, and other US Government agencies is key to the Society's success.
SIA currently holds four conferences per year (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer). The Fall and Spring conferences are advanced sessions, and the Winter and Summer conferences are ‘basics” (beginners) events.
As we all are navigating the coronavirus pandemic, SIA, being agile in continuing to serve its membership, has shifted temporarily to a virtual format. For 2020 and 2021, SIA now is offering the following:
Fall, 2020: A three-day virtual advanced level forum, focusing on policy and advanced licensing issues, regulatory updates, legislative activity, foreign policy issues, and other relevant advanced topics.
Winter, 2021: A four-day virtual introductory level forum, focusing on basic export controls overview, licensing procedures and compliance issues.
Spring, 2021: A two-day out-of-town advanced level forum, for about 200 participants focusing on the processes and procedures relating to export controls and compliance, plus topical and timely policy and regulatory issues for the experienced exporter. (Subject to change, pending COVID-19 related circumstances).
Summer, 2021: A three-day Washington-based introductory level forum, for about 150 participants focusing on basic export controls overview, licensing procedures and compliance issues (Subject to change, pending COVID-19 related circumstances).