Singapore-made content has gained more interest from global markets and the export business is becoming more important for local publishers. Several trade publishers have won international awards for some of their publications. The Association is only involved with the nationwide 'Buy SingLit' programme to promote local literary publications.

Syed Ali Semait is the Chairperson of the Trade and General Publishing Council.

The activities of the Trade and General Publishing Council are:

1. To publish The SBPA School Library Purchasing Catalogue

2. To engage with government agencies such as the National Library Board (NLB), National Arts Council (NAC) and the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS)