Wednesday, January 19, 2005 Issue 102 Volume 5 Number 2  

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. Italy is a country with a healthy appetite for trade, and I've got a site in this issue that will help you research the Italian market. Plus, what sites do librarians use for research? I've got a list of them in this issue. And, you can get the jump on your competitors with the site I found on competitive intelligence. Finally, I have two sites where you can reach out to the victims of the tsunami tragedy.

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.


Italians have known the value of international trade since at least the time of Marco Polo, who brought back spaghetti, silk, and recipes for water ice from his travels in the Far East. These days, Italy has a diversified industrial economy with roughly the same total and per capita output as France and the UK, and a good portion of it comes from trade -- imports and exports both exceeded US $270 billion in 2003.

If you'd like to learn more about trade opportunities with Italy, a good site to visit is the Italy country profile at globalEDGE (TM) ( ). Click on categories of interest (Statistics, Economy, Corporations, etc.) in the left column, or you can read the latest news by clicking on headlines in the right column. Scroll down the page and you'll see links to Web portals with detailed country profiles and more useful information about Italy. There's enough here to keep you busy for awhile, and get your research off to a good start.

There are more useful links to Italy at the FITA site. Simply go to, then go to "Europe" and click on Italy. Or, you can type "Italy" in the search box at And the FITA Global Trade Book Store has several books about doing business with Italy. Take a look at Business Italy: A Practical Guide to Understanding Italian Business Culture, Doing Business in Italy and Passport Italy.



When I was in school, librarians were considered hopelessly out of touch, with their thick glasses and their pocket protectors. Times have changed, however, and librarians have come up in the world, because people understand that they're information experts. Librarians hold the keys to success in the Information Age, and any Web site endorsed by librarians is one I'm going to pay attention to. That's why I like the American Library Association's Best Free Reference Sites 2004, a collection of sites that librarians recommend. It's a page worth bookmarking, because it has links to sites about history, the environment, banking, food, science, market research, homework help, company research, word definitions, and much more.


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It's a high stakes world in business these days, and no company can afford to be ignorant of their competition. Luckily, there are lots of ways you can research your competitors on the Web. Just go to Super Searchers on Competitive Intelligence ( ), and you'll find hundreds of links to good sources of information. There are free and fee-based sites for specific industries, financial data, news services, market research, university libraries, company profiles, and research tips, to name just a few.



The tsunami that hit Asia on December 26 is not the biggest in recorded history, but the United Nations says the effects may be the biggest ever because many more people live in exposed areas than ever before. If you'd like to help in the massive relief effort for the countries affected by the killer wave, here are two sites to visit.
  • Catastrophe in Asia: How to Help ( ). This site has a list of recommended U.S. charities doing tsunami relief work. It is based on lists put together by the American Institute of Philanthropy, a watchdog group, and the Better Business Bureau. There are links to dozens of charities, plus advice about checking out charities before you send them your money.
  • Asia Quake Disaster: an In-Depth Look at CARE's Response. CARE staff in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand have been on the ground dispensing food, water purification tablets, shelter materials and basic medical supplies to victims in the hardest-hit areas. CARE has been providing poverty relief programs in these countries for more than 30 years, and it is a worthwhile charity to support. At this site you can read about the tsunami relief effort, and learn about many different ways to make donations.


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