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Useful Sites # 78 about Poland, Latin America, Internet References and A

From: FITA's Really Useful Sites
Subject: Useful Sites # 78 about Poland, Latin America, Internet References and ATA Carnet
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 11:21:35 -0500 (EST)

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Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals Issue 78 Volume 4 
Number 4
February 18, 2004
Issue 78
VOLUME 4 Number 4

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Hello, John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for 
International Trade Professionals. Poland has had one of the fastest growing 
economies in the world during the last ten years, and in this issue I have a 
site that will help you take advantage of this incredible growth. Also, if you 
want to know what's going on in Latin America, I've got a site that will get 
you up to speed. Do you need to find an answer fast? The Web has lots of 
reference sites where you can get answers, and I have a site that will show you 
where to find them. Finally, every trader needs to know how to use Carnets, and 
I've got a site that will show you how to use them like an expert in no time.
If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's 
International Trade/ Import-Export Portal <> ( 
), an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 
7,000 sites related to international trade.


Like other countries in Central Europe, Poland has gone through enormous 
changes in the last 20 years. The transition from a communist, state-run system 
to a free market was jarring at first, but these days Poland has a robust 
economy with an impressive growth rate. Example: it was second in the world 
from 1993-2002 for annual growth rate in imports. With 40 million consumers, 
Poland is the largest market in Central Europe, and it's poised to join the 
European Union this Spring, which bodes well for anyone looking for new 
markets. Here's a site that will help you learn more about trade with Poland. 
The U.S. Commercial Service Doing Business in Poland 
<> ( ) page 
has everything you need to get started doing business in Poland. It's written 
for American firms, but no matter what country you're from, you'll find plenty 
of useful information here. There's a list of the 10 best prospects for 
exporting to the Polish market, quick facts about the Polish economy, and a 
Country Commercial Guide that gives detailed information on how to break into 
the Polish market (just click on "Market Research on Poland" and then "Country 
Commercial Guide"). 


If you have business interests in Latin America, you should bookmark LatinFocus 
<> ( ). This site calls 
itself "the leading source for Latin America economies", and it's probably 
right. LatinFocus has the latest news and commentary coming out of the region, 
categorized by country and presented both in English and Spanish. There are 
also daily listings of exchange rates, economic indicators, and a calendar of 
financial events. The site publishes a monthly forecast that includes experts 
providing economic briefings, market analysis, and political risk assessments. 
There are also many useful links if you click on "Web Directory".  


FITA's business-to-business marketplace 
<> at 
helps your company find more business by delivering tender opportunities, RFQ's 
and qualified offers to buy and sell. The FITA Buy/Sell Exchange 
<> give you access to a global 
network of affiliated trade sites that work together to bring together 
businesses across borders.

According to Tom Huynh of AAA Wholesale Distributor, " [FITA's 
partner powering the Buy Sell Exchange] has given us an opportunity to conduct 
our [giftware] business worldwide."

Click here <> to boost your 
trading with the FITA Buy/Sell Exchange, powered by


You'd think someone who writes about Web sites like I do would know exactly 
where to go when I need to search for a phone number, or a map, or a dictionary 
definition. I blush to admit it, but I don't always bookmark the sites I find, 
so I flounder around when I'm looking for information, just like a beginner. 
Well, I'm going to bookmark this next site, because Internet Reference Sources 
<> ( ) is a one-stop source for any reference 
question you may have. It has links to phone and address finders, almanacs, 
maps, dictionaries, medical information, stock quotes, recipe collections, 
weather reports, and hundreds of other indispensable sites.  


Although FAQ (frequently asked questions) pages didn't exist before the 
Internet, I wonder how we got along without them. FAQs take the most 
complicated subjects and reduce them to their basics, and they're great 
learning tools. Anyone who does international trade can benefit from visiting 
the ATA Carnet FAQ <> ( ), because it gives you all the information you 
need to make use of Carnets, which are useful documents for reducing the 
paperwork and expenses involved in importing and exporting.  

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