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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 Issue 112 Volume 5 Number 12
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• ARGENTINA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• HOT TRADE LEADS DATABASE
• CAFTA-DR
• EXALEAD
• EXPORT COMPLIANCE OFFICER POSITION FROM FITA'S CAREER HQ

Hello International Traders!

Argentina has loads of natural resources, and an economy that holds promise. In this issue I've got a site with links to help you make the most of the trade potential in Argentina. Also, I've got a site with the best trade leads databases on the Web. And, I found a new search engine with a lot of snazzy features to help you refine your searches. Finally, I have a site with pros and cons of the CAFTA-DR agreement that President Bush is stumping for.

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.

ARGENTINA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

Although Argentina's economy has had some ups and downs in recent years, it seems to be stabilizing now, with healthy numbers for GDP, inflation, and unemployment since 2003. The country is rich in raw materials, with a highly literate population, an export- oriented agricultural sector, and a diversified industrial base -- making it fertile ground for trade. If you'd like to learn more about trade with Argentina, go to the Argentina page ( http://www.exportminnesota.com/links/argentina.htm ) at Export Minnesota. Here you'll find links to dozens of helpful resources, including newspapers, government agencies, statistics, country profiles, forecasts, travel tips, contacts, and trade show schedules, to name just a few.

And FITA's Global Trade Book Store has a many books about doing business in Argentina. Check out especially Argentina Business: The Portable Encyclopedia for Doing Business With Argentina, Argentina (Culture Shock!), Passport Argentina: Your Pocket Guide to Argentine Business, Customs & Etiquette and Doing Business in the New Latin America : A Guide to Cultures, Practices, and Opportunities. And take a look at Latin Trade Magazine in both English and Spanish.

There are many more links to Argentina 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 Argentina in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Argentina" in the search box at http://www.fita.org.


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HOT TRADE LEADS DATABASE

In our reader survey many of you indicated that you wanted to see more sites with trade leads. Well, feast your eyes on the Hot Trade Leads Database at the Centers for International Trade Development ( http://www.citd.org/trade_info/sections.cfm?sid=23 ) site. This page has links to many trade lead databases on the Web (including the one at FITA's site), and there's enough here to keep you busy for months. I found hundreds of sites for importers and exporters, searchable by country or region of the world. And this is just one page at this useful site. If you click on "Trade Information Database" in the left column, you'll find links to statistics, market research, international standards, trade documentation, logistics, and much more.

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CAFTA-DR

The Central American Free Trade Agreement (later amended to include the Dominican Republic), which President Bush has been urging Congress to ratify soon, has stirred passions among countries and industries. Labor unions, political groups, the sugar and textile industries, and environmental groups, among others, have come out for or against CAFTA-DR. It's an issue that affects many companies involved with trade, and if you want to read a good analysis of it, go to the Competitive Enterprise Institute's study of CAFTA-DR ( http://www.cei.org/pdf/4561.pdf). Another good discussion of the pros and cons of CAFTA-DR is "What's Next for Free Trade?" ( http://americas.org/item_19087 ) at americas.org.

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EXALEAD

I love to find new search engines, especially when they have cool new features. Exalead ( http://www.exalead.com ) has some bells and whistles that I'm sure you'll find useful. For one thing, your search results have thumbnail pictures of the Web sites, and if you click on them you'll get a preview of the site, to see if it's worth visiting. Also, in the left column you'll see a list of related categories, which you can click on to refine your search. You can also sort the list by the country where the Web site is located, and by the document type available on the site (TXT, PDF, DOC, and XLS, among others). By giving you more options for sorting your search results, Exalead helps you find what you're looking for.

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EXPORT COMPLIANCE OFFICER POSITION FROM FITA'S CAREER HQ

In the new FITA Career Headquarters job seekers can now apply for jobs online and post their resume--free of charge--in an exclusive database that will be searched by hundreds of industry employers seeking employees with international degrees and/or related work experience. A featured job this week is for an Export Compliance Officer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions! And click here if you are an employer looking for uniquely qualified internationally-skilled staff.

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