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Useful Sites # 64 about Israel, Transparency, Statistics and Allergies

From: FITA's Really Useful Sites
Subject: Useful Sites # 64 about Israel, Transparency, Statistics and Allergies
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 09:06:06 -0400 (EDT)

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Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals Issue 64 Volume 3 
Number 16
July 31, 2003
Issue 64
VOLUME 3 Number 16

Hello, John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for 
International Trade Professionals. In this issue I have a site that's your 
gateway to trade with Israel. In addition, I found a site that will show you 
which countries are the most corrupt and open to bribery, so you can avoid 
them. If you need official statistics from any country in the world, I have a 
site that will open the door for you. Finally, allergy sufferers all over the 
world will get relief at a site called the Allergy Prevention Center. As usual, 
these are all sites worth bookmarking.
If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's 
International Trade/ Import-Export Portal <> ( ) 
at, an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link 
library of 5,000 sites related to international trade.


Israel is a place I've always wanted to visit. I like history, and you can't 
walk outside in Israel without bumping into a historical site. But there's a 
lot going on in the present, too. Israel is the 20th largest export market for 
the United States with approximately $19 billion in two-way trade projected for 
2003. Israel also ranks as the United States' largest trading partner in the 
Middle East, just surpassing Saudi Arabia. If you'd like to learn more about 
exporting to Israel, go to the Strategis page on Israel Business 
<> ( ). This site, provided by the 
Canadian government, has loads of information about how to export to Israel, 
including the legal background, Israeli government policies, investment tips, 
tax breaks, and much more. 
For a good discussion of the business climate in Israel, with specific 
information about the energy market, go to the Department of Energy's Country 
Analysis Brief on Israel  <>( ). 

There are more useful links to Israel at the FITA site. Go to <>, click on 
Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column, then 
scroll down to "Middle East/Africa" and click on Israel in the drop-down box. 
Or simply type "Israel" in the search box at 


Bribery is, unfortunately, an accepted way to do business in some countries. If 
you're in international trade, it's critical that you know which countries 
operate by the greased palm system, if only to avoid them. Transparency 
International <> ( ), an 
organization that's part of the global anti-corruption movement, actually has 
rated which countries are the worst for bribery. Just click on "Bribe Payer's 
Index" in the dropdown box on the home page, and you'll go to a page where you 
can download the ratings. You'll also find a Global Corruption Report, 
information on combatting corruption, and lots more useful information.  

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Want to know how many people stole cars in Argentina in 2001? Or do you need to 
know how many women there are in the Parliament of the UK? Or maybe you'd like 
to know the ratio of males to females in primary school in Afghanistan. You can 
get the answers to these questions at OFFSTATS 
<> ( ), which has 
links to official international statistics sites. This, site, from the 
University of Auckland Library, New Zealand, has country statistics in a wide 
range of topic areas, including: demographics, economics, finance, crime, and 


It won't be long before hay fever season comes around, and if you're a hay 
fever sufferer like me, you'll appreciate the Allergy Prevention Center 
<> ( ). Even if you live in a part of the 
world where hay fever doesn't strike, this site can be helpful -- that's 
because allergies are wide-ranging, and come in many forms. If you're allergic 
to pollen, peanuts, seafood, insects, or just about anything else, you'll find 
information here that could make your allergies more manageable. There are 
articles, tips, and advice that will help you live a better life, without the 
sneezing, wheezing, and other discomforts that allergies create.  


FITA's Global Trade Book Store <> 
( offers some of the best books and 
publications available on international business and importing and exporting. 
Take a look at Building an Import/Export Business 
<>, How to Start an 
Import/Export Business: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Success 
<>, Importers Manual 
USA: The Single Source Reference Encyclopedia for Importing to the United 
States <> and much 

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