Really Useful Sites For International Trade Professionals

Monday, February 19, 2001 Issue 1   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 1  

Dear Trade Professionals:

Welcome to the first issue of FITA's Really Useful Sites, brought to you by the Federation of International Trade Associations.

My name is John McDonnell, and for three years I wrote a weekly e- newsletter that profiled useful Web sites. Now I'll be using my Web research skills to find sites that are valuable for international trade, as well as some fun sites that you'll enjoy visiting. All sites I profile will be from the database at FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal at, an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related to international trade.

So without further ado, here are some useful sites:

More Trade Leads

At Kansas University's International Business Resource Connection ( , you'll find an excellent collection of trade leads. Simply click on "Trade Leads" in the left column and you'll find this page. To me, the best part of this site is its ratings and reviews of trade lead Web sites, compiled by the IBRC staff and faculty. They rate sites "gold", "silver", and "bronze", according to their quality and usefulness, and there are short reviews that give you important details about each site (including any fees). Besides the trade leads database, this site also has reports on business and cultural practices of foreign countries; links to business resources (embassies, business directories, exchange rates, government agencies, transportation, etc.); country resources (news, weather, travel, facts, etc.); statistics and research sources; e-commerce resources, and much more.

U.S. Export Portal

U.S. Department of Commerce Export Portal ( This easy-to-use site has a wealth of information for U.S.companies looking to export their products, and international companies who are looking for U.S. suppliers. By simply clicking on the questions you want answered, you'll find Web-based resources to help you. You'll find everything from reports and statistics on the best markets for your products, to government programs that will help you, to step-by-step explanations of how to get started. This site can help any business make a good start in broadening its markets.

Are your prospects part of the international trade community? If so, here's an opportunity to showcase your service or product to 50,000 subscribers of Really Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional. FITA now offers limited sponsorship opportunities to selected organizations. For information, please contact Barney Lehrer, Director of eCommerce Development at or 1-800-969-FITA extension 4.

ATMs Around the World

If I'm planning a trip out of the country I'll naturally take enough money and credit cards to cover my expenses. But if I should need some extra cash while I'm on my trip, I'll want to find an automatic teller machine (ATM) where I can tap into my bank or credit card account and withdraw some money. I can find out the locations of these ATMs in the Travel Section of FITA’s Global Trade Shop (

Medical Conditions Around the World

Want to get an update on medical conditions in your country of destination before you leave? Go to the Centers for Disease Control's Blue Sheet at


Want to know how many U.S. dollars you need to make 100 Singapore dollars? Here's a link that will take you to the FITA/Oanda Currency Converter at, where you can find out that information. And here's a link that will take you to the FITA/Oanda "Currency Cheat Sheet" at, a printable currency conversion table that you can take on your travels.

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