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Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals, Issue 59 Volu

From: Federation of International Trade Associations
Subject: Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals, Issue 59 Volume 3 Number 11
Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 04:29:44 -0400 (EDT)

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Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals Issue 59 Volume 3 
Number 11
May 21, 2003
Issue 59
VOLUME 3 Number 11

Here's your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade 
This free bi-weekly newsletter reviews useful Web sites from the Web Resources 
at FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal at, an 
source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 5,000+ sites 
related to 
international trade. 

My name is John McDonnell, and for years I've been writing about useful Web 
sites for 
businesspeople, in various publications. Now I've focused on international 
trade, using 
my Web research skills to find sites that are useful for international 
and some sites that are just plain fun for anyone.

Here are the sites:


The recent SARS outbreak has had an impact on the economy of Hong Kong, but 
there's no doubt that this bustling hub of capitalism will make a comeback. 
Hong Kong has weathered other problems, including the Asian financial crisis of 
the 1990s, and it will undoubtedly emerge from this one stronger than ever. 
Hong Kong depends heavily on imports, since it has few natural resources. For 
that reason it has become a major player in international trade, and is one of 
the largest U.S. trading partners. 
A good place to look for resources about Hong Kong is The Economist Country 
Briefing on Hong Kong <> ( ), which has breaking news, 
background reports, economic analysis and forecasts, currency exchange rates, 
links to useful Web sites, and much more. 
There are many more links to Hong Kong at the FITA site. Go to the FITA 
International Trade Web Resources <> 
(, click on Regional Resources and 
Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column, then scroll down to Asia and 
click on Hong Kong in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Hong Kong" in the 
search box at <>.  


I've never tasted a hog plum, but if I ever need to find a supplier of hog 
plums all I have to do is go to HairyApe <> ( ), which calls itself "the largest interactive fruit, 
vegetable, and flower search engine in the world". This Web site has a database 
of importers, exporters, wholesalers, growers, and all sections of the fresh 
produce industry worldwide, and it's easy to use. Once you register (for a fee 
of US$50), you can search by product, country of origin, variety (e.g., Fuji 
Apples), and supplier location. The results list gives you all the contact 
information you need, including e- mail and Web site addresses. Suppliers can 
register to be included in the database for free, and there's even an Offers 
Board where exporters can post messages about special offers.  

Guía Export from Bell South is an excellent way to increase your exports to 
Latin America and the Caribbean. 
The Guía Export from Bell South is a Business to Business directory that is 
hand couriered to ensure delivery and currently has a circulation of over 
400,000 copies. 
It's like having a salesperson in 40 countries, and over 6000 cities! 
Click here to receive your FREE copy of Guía Export!  
Hear what others business owners are saying about advertising in Guía Export. 
Courtney E. Naiton, GM of Bearings & Drives, Inc said, "Our first set of ads 
went into the 2000 edition of the Guía. Within a couple of weeks, we began 
getting unsolicited phone calls, e-mails, and faxes from countries all over 
Latin America. We have since increased our advertising exposure in Guía, and 
have seen a direct correlation to an increase in responses." 
Click here <> to learn how Guía 
Export from Bell South can help you generate new customers from emerging 
markets in Latin America & the Caribbean 


There's a lot of work to be done to rebuild Iraq after the recent war, and 
business has a big role to play in the effort. The U.S. Department of Commerce 
Rebuilding Iraq <> ( ) 
site is a good place to visit if you want to find information about business 
opportunities in this rapidly changing area of the world. This site is updated 
on a daily basis, and you'll find lots of news and information about commercial 
opportunities, financing, contracts awarded, humanitarian assistance, and more. 
There's a guide to doing business in Iraq, news about subcontracting 
opportunities, and a daily fact sheet that are also worth checking out. 


I love finding new search engines (you're right, I don't get out much), and 
I've just found one that's especially fun. KillerInfo 
<> ( ) has a neat little 
feature called Quick Peek that lets you view a Web page before actually 
visiting it. If you see a site on your results list that looks interesting, 
just click on Quick Peek, and a window opens up to show you the page. 
KillerInfo is a meta search engine, which means it sends your query to multiple 
search engines and then presents the best results to you. It also clusters your 
results into categories in a right hand column, so you can click on the 
category that looks most relevant to your interest. You can also search for 
country-specific information by clicking on a country's flag at the top of the 
page. Note: KillerInfo sells sponsored listings, which means the top two or 
three listings in your search results may be paid placements. That doesn't 
affect the quality of the rest of the listings, however, so this is still a 
useful site. 

As part of FITA's Global Trade Shop 
<>, the FITA Web site offers 
the Global Trade Book Store <> 
( ), a source of important books at 
huge discounts for running your international business. Featured books change 
often. Today's featured titles include Import/Export: How to Get Started in 
International Trade <>, 
Business Without Borders: A Strategic Guide to Global Marketing 
<>, and Trading in the Global 
Currency Markets <>, among 
others. Take a look!

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