Hello International Traders!|
Our reader survey showed that you want to know more about Brazil,
so in this issue I've got a site with plenty of resources for
trade with that leading South American country. Also, I found a
site from New Zealand that has country reports with fresh
information and statistics. Do you have a good grasp of what's
happening these days with China and Japan? If not, I have a site
that will give you background and expert analysis. Finally, I
have a site from the U.S. Census Bureau that's chock-full of
useful information for importers and exporters.
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.
| BRAZIL -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY|
Brazil is a country of vast resources. It has the second longest
river in the world, and the third largest forest. Actually,
there's some debate about whether the Amazon river is longer than
the Nile, but, at 4075 miles long, let's just say there's a lot
of water down there in Brazil. The country also has large
deposits of minerals, and is rich in natural resources. Add to
this that Brazil's economy is the leading one in South America,
with a large labor pool, and it becomes an attractive market for
If you'd like to learn more about trade with Brazil, go to the
Embassy of Brazil in London ( http://www.brazil.org.uk ), a site
with plenty of useful information about Brazil. Here you'll find
news and research about Brazil's culture, economy, environment,
foreign policy, government, history, and tourism, among other
topics. The site is particularly rich in business research,
including a a 208 page guide to investing and doing business with
Brazil (just click on "Business With Brazil" in the left column,
and you'll see it).
Also, don't forget to visit the websites of 3 FITA member assocations:
the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia and the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce in New York. All of these associations will assist you with your business in Brazil. And their websites also have extensive information about Brazil.
And FITA's Global
Trade Book Store has a many books about doing business in Brazil. Check out
especially Brazil (Culture Shock!), Success Secrets to Passport Brazil, and Doing Business in the New Latin America.
There are many more links to Brazil at the FITA site. Go to
http://fita.org/webindex/index.html, click on Regional Resources
and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column, then scroll
down to Latin America and Caribbean and click on Brazil in the
drop-down box. Or simply type "Brazil" in the search box at
COUNTRY RESEARCH FROM NEW ZEALAND
Although there are many Web sites that charge for information,
there is still good business research available on the Web for
free. An example of this is a site that I just found, the New
Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (
http://www.mfat.govt.nz/for.html ). This modest looking site has
a wealth of up-to-date business research about countries and
regions of the world. Simply click on a region of the world under
the "Country Relations" category, and then select the country
you're interested in. You'll find detailed reports on the
country's economy, maps, political overviews, statistics, contact
information, and more. Some of the information applies only to
New Zealand businesses, but much of it is applicable to companies
anywhere in the world. There is particularly good information
about the Middle East. Simply scroll down to "Newsletters" at the
bottom of the page, and click on "Middle East Economic and
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FOREIGN TRADE INFO FROM THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
I didn't do much business research before the Internet was
invented, but it certainly must have been a challenge to track
down information back then. These days, there are reams of data
at your fingertips, as long as you have a computer and a modem.
You can access the U.S. Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Statistics ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/index.html ), for
example, and get important U.S. trade data with the click of a
mouse. You'll find information about the Automated Export System,
Foreign Trade Zones, the Harmonized Tariff System, Schedule B
export codes, import and export statistics by state and country,
information about laws, regulations, and forms, and much more.
CHINA AND JAPAN'S TROUBLED TIES
Recently there has been more friction in the China-Japan
relationship, which has always had an undercurrent of tension.
Since these countries have two of the world's largest economies,
what they do has an impact on the rest of the world. If you'd
like to learn more about the history and current status of this
relationship, you'll find a good resource at the BBC's China and
Japan's Troubled Ties (
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4443821.stm ). This
page has an in-depth look at the situation, plus articles on the
history of China and Japan's relationship, and analysis of what
the future may bring. You can add your own opinion about the
conflict on a page of comments from visitors.