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

Upcoming events

Our in person registration has closed but you can still attend the 2021 Fall Advanced Conference virtually! 

Click here to see what's in store for this conference packed with Government and Industry speakers!



This “Welcome Back” Hybrid Advanced Conference will focus on a number of advanced facets of international trade, to include: new rules, policy and process, information technology issues and solutions, and quarantine challenges in government and industry. Tailored for the experienced international trade professional, this event recognizes that business continuity depends on our ability to respond to ongoing change in and, at times, complete transformation of the landscape in which we work. Register for this event to hear from industry and government speakers shedding light on the increasingly complex and evolving regulatory landscape. Our wide array of panelists share practical solutions and underlying drivers for recent policy changes. Keep up to date on global supply chain concerns, streamlining holistic trade compliance programs with competing regulations, and emerging technologies. Delve into automation technology related to commodity jurisdiction determination, license exceptions/exemptions, and the latest expansion of CFIUS review. Hear updates from a keynote speaker and ensure your organization stays informed of the latest regulatory developments. Our hybrid format will bring together speakers, members, and attendees all either virtually or in person.

2021 Conference Committee

SIA President: Marc Binder, International Trade Compliance Strategies
Board Liaison: Candace Goforth, Goforth Trade Advisors LLC
Conference Director: Dave Allman, DLA Piper
Speaker Chairs: Sue Gainor, Greypoint Consulting & Julia Mason, CGI Federal
Hotel Chair: Adam Munitz, FH&H
Audio/Visual/Publications Chairs: Olaf Casperson, HCL & Randy Cook, Ankura Consulting
SIA Business Manager: Donna Dietz & Pati Colon


Wes Merrill 
University of Southern California

Export Control Officer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory(JPL) pursuing a career in Global Trade. Worked in international trade compliance for the past 5years, first at Raytheon and now at JPL, I have come to realize my passion for the industry and appreciation for the mentorship of others in this line of work. In particular, I am most inspired by the ever-changing nature of international trade, and the global perspective it requires me to have. The globalist perspective is increasingly necessary, and I am always looking for ways to further myself in this sector.

Isabella Bernado
Middlebury Institute
of International Studies  
Monterey, California

Erica Hackett  
The George Washington University

“Global trade controls. Cool . . . what is that?” This is the question I am asked, almost invariably, when I tell a person that I work for Boeing in Global Trade Controls(GTC).

Julius Moye  
Middlebury Institute of International Studies 

International Trade and Security Studies graduate student with training in compliance, risk rating, trade analysis and strategic trade controls. Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Returned Peace Corps Ukraine Volunteer.

As part of our educational mission, SIA has established a program that awards scholarships to students with a demonstrated interest in the field of international trade or related fields of study. Our hope is that the scholarship program will serve SIA’s members while also encouraging and equipping individuals to pursue a career in international trade. It is no secret in the age of Export Controls Reform (ECR) that the field is growing, and industry as well as the government have need for qualified professionals. The SIA Scholarship Program strives to assist in filling this need.

Newsletter | October 2021   
SIA presents the second edition for 2021 of our quarterly newsletter. This newsletter communicates to our membership organizational update, and information about SIA’s direction and focus for the coming months.

Member's Only Holiday Party - December 3, 2021

Please Join SIA for a magical evening of festive dining, drinking, and dancing, (music provided by DJ) as we sail down the Potomac River on the National Elite Yacht under the DC skies. The National Elite is a three-level yacht style dining vessel with a fully enclosed climate-controlled dining deck and cocktail lounge, open-air glass-enclosed aft deck off the cocktail lounge and third level open air sky deck.

National Elite Yacht
Departing: National Harbor – 137 National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD

December 03, 2021

6:00-7:00 | Cocktails on the Yacht  
7:00-8:00 | Yachting on water  
8:00- 9:00 | Return to dock for music, drinks, and food  

Attire: Holiday/Business  
Open Bar and Hor D'oeuvres and carving stations

Cost: $25.00 per person (Members are invited to bring a guest)

click here to register now

We are limited to the number of guests so reserve your space now.

Not a member, join today and welcome to your first member event!

Come Rock the Boat with SIA but remember,  what happens on the boat stays on the boat…


Thinking about running for the SIA Board? 

SIA will begin accepting nominations for the 2022-2024 Board of Directors in January, 2022.  Keep an eye on the website for further details. 

The Winter Basics Conference is scheduled for February 14-16 at the Gaylord National Harbor.  Further details and registration information may be found on the SIA Website

Looking for a job?  Take a look at the SIA Job Board

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The Compliance Toolkit has been updated.  Order yours today!

We have a new printed and digital version of the ITAR, get a copy today!

Remember - you can now get SIA publications either in print version or digital!

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

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