Really Useful Sites For International Trade Professionals

Monday, June 25, 2001 Issue 10   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 10  

Here's your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional. 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 7,000+ sites related to international trade.

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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.


You can't go into business these days without first doing a business plan. Investors, bankers - just about everyone who gets involved with your new business is going to want to see the numbers, so you if you're starting a business and you don't have a plan, you'd better visit Sample Business Plans at This site has more than five dozen sample plans for all types of businesses (including import- export ones), and you can view them for free. There are also plans for marketing your business, starting a Web-based business, starting a non-profit, and more. And if you have questions about starting a business, there's an Ask the Experts page where you can get them answered.


Ever come away from a salary negotiation feeling that you settled for less money than you could have gotten? I have, many times. In fact, if I had half the money I negotiated myself out of early in my career, I'd be rich today. I wish I could have used at back then. This site allows you to search for salary data for hundreds of jobs in the U.S. and internationally. You get a chart with salary information plus cost-of-living data ("buying power") for the region you selected. It's a must-visit site before any salary negotiations.

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.


Letters of credit are an essential tool for international trade. You can find a good overview of them at Quick Guide to Letters of Credit at This easy- to-read site will give you some basic information and tips on how to use letters of credit. There's a CD-Rom for sale with more information, but there's no obligation to buy it.

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