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To educate the international trade community by providing a forum for the exchange of information on the export and import process.

Winter Back to Basics | February 14-18

The Winter Basics Conference will now be held VIRTUALLY February 14 – 18.  With the health and safety of all participants in mind, the SIA Board changed this conference to be totally virtual.   

The SIA Back to Basics Conference is an important first step to exporting articles on the United States Munitions List (USML) and the Commerce Control List (CCL) and the associated defense services and technology. This conference is ideal for newcomers (less than 5 years of experience) to export licensing, as they will be provided with a step-by-step guide to using the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Emphasis will be placed on the license application process and the requirements for submitting licenses to the Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) as well as to the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) for review and approval. Attendees will become familiar with the various types of licenses, agreements, exemptions and exceptions and the requirements and conditions associated with each. U.S. Government (USG) speakers will provide insight into the procedures and policies governing the export licensing process.


Upcoming events

SIA Volunteer of the Year and Speaker of the Year (VOTY/SOTY) Awards & Virtual Presentation with DAS Miller

As a member of SIA, you can attend various SIA events throughout the year for free.  The Keynote Speaker for the upcoming Volunteer of the Year and Speaker of the Year (VOTY/SOTY) on Wednesday, January 26 at 1:00pm EST is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Mike Miller.


SIA Board Nominations

SIA is now accepting nominations for the SIA Board of Directors for the 2022-2024 Board Term. All nominees:

  • Must be an SIA Member in good standing and actively employed in the international trade community.
  • Must have been a member of an SIA conference committee or task force volunteer within the last three years.
  • Must have an understanding by both the candidate and his/her Company/Management that this is a volunteer leadership position that will demand many hours every month, some sustained periods of full-time effort, travel to/from conferences, and an annual multi-day offsite board meeting.

To nominate someone or yourself, go to:

Interested individuals must complete the Nomination Form and submit no later than COB February 28, 2022

Jill Garrison Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Announced

In honor and recognition of Jill Garrison’s contributions, commitment and spirit, SIA  established The Jill Garrison Lifetime Achievement Award.  This award is established to recognize individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the organization and have consistently demonstrated an exceptional commitment to SIA over the individual's career, doing so with the utmost integrity and spirit, as exemplified by Ms. Garrison.  At the 2021 Fall Conference, SIA President Marc Binder announced the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award winner – Ms. Jean Singer Rosch.

Jean has served as a long-time member of the Society for International Affairs and her name has been synonymous with SIA for many years.  Jean served the position of Business Operations/Secretary Treasure and then again from 2012-2016 serving as a Director of Planning and Education on the Board of Directors from 1999 to 2008.

Jean retired from industry after a distinguished and exceptional career in International Trade. From 1987 to 2011, Jean worked at ITT Corporation.  Jean worked her way  from Paralegal/Legal Secretary, to Contracts Manager, Export Administrator and finally Manager of Exports.  She witnessed first-hand ITT’s acquistion by Excelis, and ultimately by L3Harris.

Jean’s contributions over the years underscores the true meaning of this award.  Notably, when we lost Jill in 2019, Jean came out of retirement to serve as our interim Business Manager, helping SIA stay afloat until we could hire a new Business Manager.

A donation in the amount of $1,000­.0­­0 was made in Memory of Jill Garrison to the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation, on behalf of Jean Rosch.



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