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
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
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.
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 )
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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