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Really Useful Sites For International Trade Professionals

From: Federation of International Trade Associations
Subject: Really Useful Sites For International Trade Professionals
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 08:59:04 2001 -0400

Really Useful Sites For International Trade Professionals

Monday, June 11, 2001 Issue 9   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 9  
Here's your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. This free bi-weekly newsletter reviews useful Web sites from the Web Resources database at FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal at, an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 3,000+ sites related to international trade.

To see past issues, click on "Archive" on the bottom of this page or go to FITA's Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals at

Please feel free to pass this newsletter on to others.

My name is John McDonnell, and for years I wrote a weekly e- newsletter that profiled business-oriented Web sites. Now I'm using my Web research skills to find sites that are useful for international trade, as well as some fun sites that you'll enjoy visiting.


I've never had a clear grasp of the metric system of measurement, and now that my kids are learning it in school I'm lost when they come to me with a question. I'm in luck, however, because I just found a site that will help me. It's called Online Conversion at, and it has over 9,000 conversions and calculators for systems of measurement. It's not just for converting miles into kilometers, either. You can use this site to convert clothing sizes from one country to another, currencies, even the number of calories you'll burn by running.


If you're thinking of doing business with a company or investing in it, you want to learn as much as you can about it. One way to do that is by looking at the company's annual report. Annual reports give you a financial "snapshot" of the company, and they're a great starting point for your research.

Years ago you had to ask companies to mail you their annual reports, but with the Internet you can find a report and download it in minutes. Here are two sites where you can find annual reports, and they're free. You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader software to read these reports after you download them, but there are links at each site where you can download this free program.

The Annual Report Gallery at has over 2,200 reports online. You'll find links to the company's home page, its annual report, and analysts' reports.

Another good site is CAROL at You can search by company name or by industry. There are reports on companies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Besides annual reports, you'll find company profiles, financial reports, and stock analyses.


I had neighbors once who went on vacation for a week and accidentally left their front door unlocked. They would have benefited from the "Things To Do The Day You Leave" checklist at Free Travel Tips & Links at This site has tons of useful information for travelers. There are tips and advice about airlines, hotels, car rentals, cruises, restaurants, theme parks, traveling with kids, and much more.


Being a rabid Philadelphia 76er fan, I naturally want to get updates on my team whenever possible. One good site for that is Sports News at This well-organized site has breaking news on its home page, and a list of categories (Badminton, Cricket, Cycling, Golf, Soccer, Sumo, Wrestling, to name a few) that you can click on to get more detail about what's happening in your favorite sport.


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Published by Federation of International Trade Associations
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This newsletter is distributed by the Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA) for the benefit of the worldwide international trade community. If you have a question regarding this service, please contact FITA by email at


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