Wednesday, July 6, 2005 Issue 114 Volume 5 Number 14  

Hello International Traders!

Look east to Thailand if you want to find a thriving market -- and I've got a site in this issue that will help you research opportunities there. Also, if you want deep demographic info about U.S. cities and towns, I have a site that will give it to you. Need to calculate the cost of goods coming into or going out of the U.S.? I found calculators that will do it for you. Finally, how do you find out the most reliable health information on the Web? I have a site that rates the health-oriented sites, so you can see which are the best.

If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal ( ), an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related to international trade.


If you're looking for markets in Asia, consider Thailand. The country has a well developed infrastructure, a free-enterprise economy, and welcomes foreign investment. Yes, it suffered in the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, but by all measures, Thailand has fully recovered, and it was one of East Asia's best performers in 2002-04. It had imports of US $81 billion and exports of US $88 billion in 2004, so this is a country where trade plays a significant role. If you'd like more information about trade with Thailand, go to the U.S. Commercial Service Thailand Page ( ). Click on "Thailand Market Profile" and you'll get a detailed look at the current state of Thailand's economy. Click on "Doing Business in Thailand" and you'll find reports on current market conditions and upcoming opportunities; profiles of Thai industries; information on the best prospects for exporting to Thailand; a country commercial guide; a list of trade events; and more. The site is oriented toward U.S. companies, but there's plenty of good information here no matter what country you're from.

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

There are many more links to Thailand at the FITA site. Go to, click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column, then scroll down to Asia and click on Thailand in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Thailand" in the search box at



The first Web-based calculator I ever used, ten years ago, was a simple mortgage payment calculator. If I entered a mortgage interest rate, amount, and term of the mortgage, I could find out what the monthly payment would be. Nowadays, there are hundreds of calculators on the Web, for everything from converting European shoe sizes into American ones, to figuring out complex scientific problems. You'll find a bunch of them at CSG Calculators and Converters ( ), and some are especially useful for importers and exporters. Just go to the home page (close the pop-up window) and scroll down to Grouped Converters and Calculators, then click on Business and Financial in the drop-down box. That brings you to a page with lots of great business calculators. Scroll down to Export Price Index (XPI) Calculator. This is an inflation calculator for adjusting costs from one year to another using the International Price Index (IPI) inflation index as a foundation, and is a useful tool for U.S. exporters. There's also an Import Price Index (MPI) Calculator, and many other handy business calculators.



Are you interested in career advancement opportunities? Are you looking for a career portal to serve you when you want to know of job opportunities - especially those with an international dimension - that advance your career? The best career portals provide those seeking career advancement with four key benefits:

  • Rich content-information that will help them manage their careers effectively and grow in their profession, craft, or trade;
  • Easy interaction-a way to communicate with their professional colleagues for learning, discussion, and debate;
  • Dedicated community-an online destination that is devoted to them and where they can associate comfortably with their peers;
  • Targeted opportunities-jobs that are relevant, providing them a way to advance their skills and knowledge in their field.

Where can you find such a career portal for international careers? Come and visit FITA Career HQ at Currently, over 500 job openings are posted - many requiring international skills. Membership is free; please log on now to take advantage of all the FITA Career HQ can offer you and your career. Active job seekers are also invited to post their resumes at no cost.



After 14 years in our house, my family is looking to move. We're moving north, closer to where my wife works, and we're looking at little towns near the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border. That's why I'm so happy I found ( ). This nifty site has reams of data about thousands of U.S. cities. There's information about the residents' income, education, ancestry, employment, and political affiliation, plus area house prices, crime statistics, weather, hospitals, schools, libraries, types of businesses, maps -- even satellite pictures! There are also Top 100 lists, which rank U.S. cities in categories like Highest Median Household Income, Youngest Residents, Shortest Commuting Times, etc. This site is a treasure trove of free information for businesses looking to research U.S. markets.



These days, if I have any medical condition from an ingrown toenail to heart disease, I can get plenty of information about it on the Web. There are hundreds of Web sites with free medical information, and the problem becomes one of figuring out which sites have the most credible information. That's why Consumer Health Webwatch ( ) is such a valuable site. The people at Consumer Reports and the Health Improvement Institute have created a detailed rating system for health-oriented Web sites, so you can easily find out which ones are the most reliable. On the main page, you'll find a list of the 20 most-visited health information sites, and each one is rated according to its ease of use, design, accessibility, whether it clearly labels advertising and sponsorships, and other criteria. Each site's strengths and weaknesses are spelled out, so you can make the best decisions about where to get your online health information.


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