Wednesday, February 2, 2005 Issue 103 Volume 5 Number 3  

Hello International Traders!

Our reader survey is in, and many of you asked for more sites about Australia. I'm featuring a great one in this issue, a site that will boost your trade with the Aussies. I also have a site that will give you inside tips about everything from cell phones to dealing with lawyers. If you do business in Hong Kong, I've got a site that will help you get the official paperwork right. Finally, I found a site that will give you almost as much information about U.S. and Canadian flights as an air traffic controller!

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 Australian economy is booming these days. It has a per capita GDP that puts it on a par with the dominant economies of Western Europe, along with low inflation, rising consumer confidence, and growing ties with China. The export sector has become so robust that the country is selling Peking Duck to China and salsa to Mexico. All this is good news for international trade, and if you'd like to research trade opportunities with Australia, a good site to visit is the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ( ). It's chock full of useful information, including articles about Australian trade (click on "Country Information", then "About Australia"). There are up to date statistics, government contacts, trade leads, health advisories, travel tips, and much more at this site.

If you represent a U.S. or Australian company, one part of this site you should definitely visit is the page about the Australia - United State Free Trade Agreement ( ). This historic agreement took effect on January 1, 2005 and you'll find many articles explaining the agreement and its benefits if you scroll down the page.

There are many more links to Australia at the FITA site. Go to, click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column, then scroll down to Australia, New Zealand and Oceania and click on Australia in the drop- down box. Or simply type "Australia" in the search box at And FITA's Global Trade Book Store has a few books about doing business in Australia. Check out especially Doing Business in Australia and Australia Business.



Hong Kong is one of the busiest trade centers in the world, and if you do business there you should visit Services Related to Submission of Trade Declarations and Cargo Manifests ( _index.html ), a page at the Hong Kong Census & Statistics Department site. There are links here to articles explaining policies and procedures, and documents you'll need for importing and exporting various types of products. Whether you're putting together a child's bicycle or exporting a shipload of agricultural products, it always saves time to read the directions first, and that's why this site is a must-visit if you're doing business with Hong Kong.


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Employers have come to expect a certain level of technology when it comes to recruiting online. The FITA Career Headquarters ( goes above and beyond this level of expectation. Instead of searching thousands of resumes and being flooded with resumes from unqualified candidates, you and your human resources staff will have access to a more qualified talent pool. You will not only be able to take advantage of our FREE posting special (includes access to FITA's searchable database of 900 resumes), but you will be able to receive lower pricing than the typical commercial job boards once the special expires February 28, 2005.

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There are several Web sites where you can get real time flight tracking information, but Flight Explorer ( ) sounds like it has a new twist on that concept. If you enter an airline and flight number at the Flight Explorer home page you can get basic tracking information, such as arrival and departure times, plus weather conditions. However, for $9.95 a month you can get much more: flight tracking for both commercial and general aviation in the U.S. and Canada; graphs with all flights arriving or departing a particular airport over a four hour period; detailed information on airports, airlines, and aircraft types; and enough other information to tickle the heart of pilots, aviation enthusiasts, and anyone who needs to keep up with flight information for business. There are other subscription plans available, with more features for commercial customers.



There's so much hype these days about everything from the benefits of yoga to the latest technology stock, that it's refreshing when someone cuts through the blather and gives you the straight scoop. Go to's 10 Things Story Archive ( ) to read a collection of articles with names like "10 Things College Financial Aid Offices Won't Tell You", "10 Things Your Orthodontist Won't Tell You", "10 Things Your Travel Agent Won't Tell You", and more. These articles have sobering insights and tips that will help you make more informed decisions before you part with your money.


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