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  Wednesday, June 22, 2005 Issue 113 Volume 5 Number 13  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• FRANCE -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• IMPORT REGULATIONS OF MAJOR COUNTRIES
• SPIDER NEVI
• TIPPING PAGE AT THE BBC's "h2g2"
• FITA Career Headquarters - Featured Job

Hello International Traders!

France has a thriving economy and lots of opportunities for trade, and I've got a site in this issue that will help you make inroads in the French market. Also, I found a site with import regulations for many of the world's major economies. Need to find some medical answers? I have a medical search engine that will help you find the right ones. Finally, I have a site that gives you practical information about tipping around the world.

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.

FRANCE -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

The people of France love marketplaces. To name just one example, the Les Halles marketplace in Paris has been around for more than 800 years. France is very active in the international marketplace, too, with imports and exports both in the US $419 billion range in 2004. If you'd like to research trade with France, go to Export Minnesota's France page ( http://www.exportminnesota.com/links/france.htm ). This is a great starting point for your research, with links to country profiles, trade statistics, business directories, trade leads, French government sites, news, cultural information, and much more.

And FITA's Global Trade Book Store has a many books about doing business in France. Check out especially Doing Business With France, France (Culture Shock!) and Passport France: Your Pocket Guide to French Business, Customs & Etiquette.

The French-American Chamber of Commerce chapters in the US are members of FITA. Look at their websites: Los Angeles, Atlanta, New Orleans, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Chicago, Boston, New York, Houston and Washington, DC.

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

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IMPORT REGULATIONS OF MAJOR COUNTRIES


Many readers indicated on our recent survey that they'd like more information about trade regulations and standards for different countries. Here's a site I found that has lots of useful information -- Import Regulations of Major Countries ( http://sme.tdctrade.com/ir/index.htm ). This page at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council site has information about import requirements for China, the U.S., the EU, Canada, Japan, and Australia. There are also links to the Customs Department sites for the various countries, where you can get further information.

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THE FITA BUY/SELL EXCHANGE
http://fita.worldbid.com

FITA's business-to-business marketplace at http://fita.worldbid.com helps your company find more business by delivering tender opportunities, RFQ's and qualified offers to buy and sell. The FITA Buy/Sell Exchange give you access to a global network of affiliated trade sites that work together to bring together businesses across borders.

Brian Napoli of The Shadigee Co.writes "Our business has increased since using Worldbid.com [FITA's partner powering the Buy Sell Exchange] At first, we did not take advantage of everything your site offers. Then, we started posting offers, researching offers and requests. Since then our business has increased fivefold."

Click here to boost your trading with the FITA Buy/Sell Exchange, powered by Worldbid.com.


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SPIDER NEVI

When someone in my family has a medical problem, I always make sure I research it on the Web. That's because there's so much medical information on the Web that everyone can be an informed patient. Now there's a new resource to use. It's called Spider Nevi ( http://www.spidernevi.com ), and it's a search engine that helps you find medical tutorials. The Web site says that Spider Nevi is "a non- commercial volunteer project started by a group of doctors from the UK and India, and its main purpose is to provide a free human-edited tutorials directory to the medical fraternity". Don't be scared off by the focus on doctors, however -- most lay people can easily understand these articles. Just type in a search word, and you'll get a list of articles about that subject, with symptoms, treatment, drug information, links to other articles and experts in the field, and plenty more.

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TIPPING PAGE AT THE BBC's "h2g2"

It's hard to know when to tip, especially if you're traveling in a foreign country. Some people don't tip at all, some tip too much, and I've even heard of movie stars who solve the problem by giving out autographed pictures of themselves as tips. For a fun and informative guide to tipping around the world, go to the Tipping Page at the BBC's "h2g2 - the unconventional Guide to Life, the Universe and Everything." (http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/alabaster/A640018). You'll learn something useful at this site, with practical advice like whether you should tip a waiter in New Zealand (only on the rare occasions when the bill says, "Service not included"), to whether you should tip a buggy driver in Egypt (yes).

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FITA Career Headquarters - Featured Job

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 a Traffic & Logistics - Administrator / Manager at Browne Dreyfus International, Ltd in New York City. 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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