VMA's International Trade Symposium

Trade Symposium Attendees
Maritime Banquet Guests
3 Days
of Industry Discussion
& Networking Events


- Cancelled for 2020-

A Message from the Chair of the
International Trade Symposium Committee

Due to the limitations created by the pandemic drastically changing the conference experience, VMA's 17th Annual International Trade Symposium will be cancelled. Our committee and staff are dedicated to producing a high-quality program with an abundance of networking opportunities in a safe environment - and believe the high level experience we are known for providing cannot be achieved in the current environment.

However, VMA's Symposium is expected to be back in full force for 2021 and we look forward to seeing you there."

Marc Marling
Committee Chair
VMA International Trade Symposium

Networking, Panels, Speakers, & More!

Critical Industry Topics

VMA’s Annual International Trade Symposium is the East Coast’s premier conference addressing the topics most affecting port operations and cargo logistics, drawing-in attendees from around the globe.

Annual Maritime Banquet

The Virginia Maritime Association’s Annual Maritime Banquet draws in over 1000 industry professionals and maritime community members for networking, fine dining, awards, and announcements. The banquet has a history of selling out, so reserve your seats and/or tables soon!

Maritime Mixer Cruise

Enjoy a celebration of our industries, our port, and good old-fashioned camaraderie at the largest Maritime Mixer of the year! Hosted on the Spirit of Norfolk Cruise Ship! Please note that all Symposium packages include admission to the mixer.

Golf Outing

Enjoy a day of golfing exclusive to Symposium or Banquet attendees. Hosted by the Virginia Maritime Association.

VMA2020 Centennial
After Party

The VMA2020 Centennial After Party is the finale to a series of statewide celebrations recognizing 100 years of maritime industry growth...and the role that the Virginia Maritime Association has played in promoting and protecting it. For updates about the event, as it has been impacted by the pandemic, please visit the VMA2020 website.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

What to Expect

Save Your Schedule, Check Out Attendees, & Speaker Bios...Download the Virginia Maritime Association's Mobile App! Content for VMA's 2020 Symposium will be made available closer to the conference.

Day 1
  • Welcoming Remarks
  • Opening Speaker
  • Panel
  • Maritime Mixer Cruise
Day 2
  • Panels
  • Guest Speakers
  • Luncheon
  • Annual Maritime Banquet
Day 3
  • Golf Outing

Need somewhere to stay during VMA's Symposium?


We are accepting sponsorships for the upcoming Symposium. Please contact mneira@metrogroupevents.com to get started. For more information, view the sponsorship page.

Thank you to our current sponsors!

VMA Symposium Sponsors

Hosted By

Virginia Maritime

Have a Question? Contact us!


Jennifer Parham

Event Manager
Virginia Maritime Association

(757) 628-2663

Monica Neira

Monica Neira

Symposium Sponsorship Contact
MetroGroup Maritime

(212) 224-9611

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