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
If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's
International Trade/ Import-Export Portal ( http://fita.org ), an excellent
source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related
to international trade.
| AUSTRALIA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY|
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 ( http://www.dfat.gov.au/
). 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 ( http://www.dfat.gov.au/trade/negotiations/us.html
). 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 http://fita.org/webindex,
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 http://www.fita.org.
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
HONG KONG TRADE DECLARATIONS AND CARGO MANIFESTS
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 ( http://www.info.gov.hk/censtatd/eng/prod_serv/services/trade_decl
_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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There are several Web sites where you can get real time flight tracking information,
but Flight Explorer
( http://www.flightexplorer.com/ ) 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.
10 THINGS STORY ARCHIVE
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 Smartmoney.com's 10
Things Story Archive ( http://www.smartmoney.com/10things/index.cfm?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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