Wednesday, February 8, 2006 Issue 129 Volume 6 Number 3  
This issue sponsored by GLOBAL SOURCES


Hello International Traders!

Estonia is one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe, and I have a site in this issue that will help you research this booming market. Would it help you to search a database with millions of articles? If so, I have the site for you in this issue. If you need to track shipments, I have a site with hundreds of links to shippers worldwide. Finally, pet owners will find plenty of useful info at the ASPCA site I profile in this issue.

And don't forget -- if you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's Really Useful Links ( ), which has a link library of more than 8,000 sites related to international trade.


The countries that spun off from the former Soviet Union have had mixed results economically, but one bright spot is Estonia. Estonia was ranked 4th (ahead of the U.S. and the UK) on the Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal 2005 Index of Economic Freedom, an annual survey that uses more than 50 variables, including trade policy, wages & prices, and property rights, to rank world economies. Estonia has a stable government, a sound fiscal policy, and strong electronics and telecommunications sectors.

If you want to investigate opportunities with Estonia, a good site to visit is Doing Business In Estonia ( ), from the U.S. Department of State. This is a useful guide to the ins and outs of doing business in Estonia, including: the political and economic environment; trade regulations and standards; trade and project financing; business travel; contacts, market research, and trade events; and more.

Another good resource is the Estonia Mini Portal (, one of the new features at the FITA site. The Mini Portal is a good place to start your research. There is an overview of the country, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, Estonian markets, taxes, labor market indicators, tips on doing business, and a search engine to help you find market research on the Internet. There's also a news feed with the latest Estonian news.

Click on "Useful Links" and you'll find a variety of sources for market research, trade leads, business directories, logistics, government contacts, travel, financing, and lots more.

The Estonia Mini Portal is one of many research gateways at the newly redesigned FITA site. To find Mini Portals for other regions or countries, just click on "Country Profiles" from within a Mini Portal, or at the FITA home page (

FITA's Global Trade Book Store has an excellent book about doing business in Estonia. Check out Doing Business With Estonia. And the Estonian American Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a FITA member association. Check out their website for more resources about doing business with Estonia.



It's been almost five years since I started writing this newsletter, and that's a long time in Web years. Many of the sites I first profiled don't even exist today. Some have changed dramatically, for better or for worse. One site that has improved is A-Z Freight Gateway ( ). When I first wrote about it this site had links to 45 airline cargo companies and eight express package delivery services. Now, the site has expanded to include links to hundreds of airline cargo companies and dozens of freight forwarders and package delivery services. If you ship a lot for your business, you should bookmark this site. At the home page, click on "Track and Trace" in the left column, and you'll find the list of links. You can also click on "Country Index" to find shipping professionals in countries worldwide.



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Although I try to focus on Web sites with free information in Really Useful Sites, there are times when a small investment of money can pay big dividends in your Web searching. You can find the day's news for free at many Web sites, but if you want a vast array of archived newspaper and magazine articles, one good site to visit is HighBeam ( ). For $19.95 a month you can search thousands of publications, and find articles going back 20 years. These are full text articles that you can download, export to Microsoft Office, or e-mail to an associate or friend. HighBeam lets you customize your experience by saving your search queries, organizing your results into folders, and receiving e-mail alerts on topics that you specify. HighBeam says they have 35 million documents from over 3,000 leading publications, so it's a comprehensive database.



I recently became a dog owner for the first time, and it has turned my world upside down. Owning a pet has brought joy but also new responsibilities into my life. Luckily, I found a Web site that has answers to some of the endless questions I have each day. The ASPCA Pet Care ( ) site has useful information about pet nutrition, safety, grooming, behavior, emergencies, travel tips, and much more. There's information here about dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, hamsters, birds, fish, and other common pets. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been around for 140 years, and it gives me a good feeling to know I'm getting advice from an organization that has such a long history of care for animals.



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. Featured job this week is for a Trade Finance Professional for the Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company based in Melbourne, Florida, serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. 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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