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Useful Sites # 80 about South Africa, Trade with the EU, Opportunities i

From: FITA's Really Useful Sites
Subject: Useful Sites # 80 about South Africa, Trade with the EU, Opportunities in Iraq and Quick Searches
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 10:26:15 -0500 (EST)

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Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals Issue 80 Volume 4 
Number 6
March 17, 2004
Issue 80
VOLUME 4 Number 6

Hello international traders! In this issue I take a look at a country that's 
way down in the Southern Hemisphere -- South Africa. It's a place with a 
growing economy and lots of potential as a market, so you'll want to take a 
look at the site I found about this southernmost African country. Next, I found 
a site that will help developing countries bolster their trade with the 
European Union. Also, I've got a site that has tons of links to help you do 
business in Iraq. Finally, I have an all-in-one search page that will make your 
Web searches faster and more accurate.
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.


The Republic of South Africa is known for diamonds and gold, but if you're 
prospecting for international trade, there's a lot of potential in this country 
at the southern tip of Africa. The CIA World Factbook says it's "a 
middle-income, emerging market with an abundant supply of natural resources; 
well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy, and transport sectors; 
a stock exchange that ranks among the 10 largest in the world", and a modern 
infrastructure. In 2002 it imported US $26.6 billion worth of goods, and it's 
one of the world's 50 largest economies. 
To learn more about South Africa, go to the South Africa page at MBendi 
<> ( ). Click on the categories to the 
left for information about the country's politics, economy, industry sectors, 
health, business assistance plans, and more. For more specific information, 
including a guide to doing business in South Africa, a guide to exporting to 
the country, company directories, and trade leads, click on the drop-down boxes 
to the right. 
There are many more links to Saudi Arabia at the FITA site. Go to FITA's 
International Trade Web Resources <> at, click on Regional Resources then go to 
Middle East/Africa and click on South Africa in the drop-down box. Or simply 
type "South Africa" in the search box at 
<>. There are some great books on trade with South Africa in 
the FITA Global Trade Bookstore <>, 
including Passport South Africa 
<$prodid=1-885073-19-4>, Doing 
Business in South Africa 
<> and the South 
Africa at a Glance 


The European Union is a huge market with lots of potential, and certain 
countries qualify for preferential treatment in breaking into it. To find out 
more, go to Expanding Exports Help Desk <> ( ). This site, provided by the European 
Commission, has resources to help developing countries gain a foothold in trade 
with the EU. There's information on qualifying for advantageous import tariffs, 
plus a guide to the documentation you need to qualify. There's also a trade 
statistics database you can search, to determine which EU country has the most 
potential for your products, and a Trade Forum that will help you find trading 
partners and contacts within the EU.  

Search Now and Win Great Prizes <>
No one need tell you of the opportunities offered by China's booming economy. 
But how can YOU profit by it? If it's a business partnership you're after, a 
quality product at a competitive price, an invaluable insight, or perhaps an 
opportunity arising from China's new closer economic partnership with Hong 
Kong, go straight to 
Search this website developed by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and 
you'll find whatever business and trade information you need. With the newly 
enhanced search engine, you can further cut research time to get what you're 
after, by selecting from 4 categories of information: Product and Company 
Information, Trade Events, Market Intelligence and Web Reference. 
See for yourself. After you've conducted a search, share what you think and you 
may win even digital cameras, camcorder and more great prizes in the Search and 
Find Lucky Draw! Find out the details now 


There are new opportunities every day for trade with Iraq, and if you want to 
find out about them, a good site to visit is the Export-Import Bank's page of 
Useful Iraq Links <> ( ). Here you'll find information and contacts 
for Iraqi banks and businesses, as well as legal information, trade leads, 
bidding opportunities with the U.S. government, links to U.S. government 
agencies, a guide to doing business in Iraq, and much more. 


There are so many ways to search the Web for information that you can easily 
get overwhelmed. That's why this next site is so useful. Soople 
<> ( ) is a page of search boxes 
that allow you to target your search in new ways. There are boxes that let you 
search for specific file types (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.); news stories; 
images; keywords within a site; definitions; stocks; numbers (UPS/Fedex 
tracking numbers, patent numbers, etc.); and even movie reviews. It's worth 
bookmarking, because it will help you find what you're looking for faster. 

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