VMA's International Trade Symposium

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



In light of the rapid spread and the dramatic impacts of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, VMA's International Trade Symposium will be moved from May to Tuesday September 22 through Thursday, September 24, 2020. We encourage you to review the Virginia Maritime Association's full announcement regarding the new dates and details on how the change may affect attendees and sponsors.

Networking, Panels, Speakers, & More!

Critical Industry Topics

VMA’s 17th 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. This year's symposium offers a NEW FORMAT with an extra day of programming!

100th Annual Maritime Banquet

The Virginia Maritime Association’s 100th 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! This year's banquet marks a significant milestone for the VMA...and all attendees are invited to attend the VMA2020 Anniversary After Party (See below).

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 at Bay Creek’s Signature® Golf Courses, including the Arnold Palmer. Hosted by the Virginia Maritime Association and exclusive for Symposium and/or Banquet attendees.

VMA2020 Anniversary After Party

Attendees of the 100th Annual Maritime Banquet are exclusively invited to attend the "VMA2020 Anniversary After Party," following the banquet. It 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.
Sponsorships for the VMA2020 celebration are separate from the International Trade Symposium & Banquet. They are available at the VMA2020 website.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

2020 VMA Symposium Schedule

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.

Sept 22
  • Speaker: The Global Impact of Trade Policies
  • Panel: Changing the Rules: Trade Policies in a New Decade
  • Maritime Mixer Cruise
Sept 23
  • Topics: Diversified Cargo, Supply Chain Technology, The International Trade Plan, Workforce Needs...and more
  • Inspirational Speaker, Cal Fussman
  • 100th Annual Maritime Banquet
  • VMA2020 Anniversary After Party
Sept 24
  • 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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