Hello International Traders!|
You wanted to see more sites about Canada, so I found two
information-rich sites you're bound to like. Also, I have a site
from Michigan in this issue that has a wealth of links to trade
information, for both importing and exporting. I've got a site
that has plenty of helpful information for disabled travelers,
too. Finally, I found a site with tutorials to help you become a
whiz at the computer.
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.
| CANADA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
Canada is the largest trading partner for most U.S. businesses,
and more than $1 billion in trade crosses the U.S. Canadian
border every day. Canada is a promising market for even non-
U.S.companies -- it is Mexico's second largest export market, and
racked up US $240 billion from all countries in 2003. If you'd
like to find out more about trade with Canada, here are two great
- MERX! (
http://www.merx.com ). The Canadian government is the second largest
purchasing entity in the world, and does billions of dollars
worth of business every year. At this site you can view the
latest public tenders from the Canadian government, and bid on
- Strategis ( http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/engdoc/main.html ). I've
written about Strategis before, but it's worth taking another
look at this information-rich site. To research Canadian
industries, click on "Business Information By Sector" in the left
column. You have several options for narrowing your search after
There are many more links to Canada 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 "North America" and click on "Canada" in the drop-down
box. Or simply type "Canada" in the search box at http://www.fita.org.
And FITA's Global
Trade Book Store has a few books about doing business in Canada. Check out
especially Success Secrets to Maximize Business in Canada and Canada Business Guide.
IMPORTING INTO THE US
Importing is an essential part of foreign trade, and yet it tends
to get forgotten because countries are so eager to promote
exports. If I were trying to get started in importing, one site
I'd visit would be ExportMichigan.com (
http://www.exportmichigan.com ). Yes, the name says
"ExportMichigan.com", but really, it has loads of good
information about importing. Just click on "Importing" in the
left column and you'll see what I mean. There is handy "how- to"
information, plus links to quality Web resources. You'll find
lots of useful information in the left column at this site --
click on "Trade Guides", for example, and you'll discover a
wealth of information, including country specific guides that are
full of great research.
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TRAVELING WITH DISABILITIES
Travel is not an easy proposition for people with disabilities,
and that's why General Accessible Travel Information (
http://gatorsport.phhp.ufl.edu/travel_general.html ) is such a
great site. Here you'll find links to sites that can assist
travelers with disabilities. You'll find information about
lodging, transportation, restaurants, attractions, maps, travel
agents who specialize in disability issues, and much more. This
site is an excellent resource for people with disabilities who
travel for business or pleasure.
What would life be without tutorials? I, for one, would be lost
without these how-to sites on the Web that explain in layman's
language the proper way to plant a garden, iron a shirt, fix a
leaky faucet, and hundreds of other subjects. Tutorials Directory
( http://www.tutorialsdirectory.com ) is a listing of some of
these sites, although limited to computer topics. Here you'll
find tutorials on things like operating systems, Web design,
Microsoft Office, computer graphics, Internet marketing, and
programming. These links will help you to find solutions to the
computer problems that cause you to lose sleep, grumble at your
spouse, and kick the dog.
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