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  Wednesday, February 22, 2006 Issue 130 Volume 6 Number 4  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• VIETNAM -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• FEDEX GLOBAL TRADE MANAGER
• COUNTRY TRAVEL REPORTS
• ASKJEEVES KIDS
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - EXPORT/IMPORT COMPLIANCE MANAGER FOR UNZ AND COMPANY

Hello International Traders!

Vietnam is a fast-growing market that's full of opportunity, and if you want to research it, I have a great site to help you. Leaving for an international trip? Check out the Country Travel Reports site I have in this issue. If you export, import, or merely ship occasional packages overseas, read about the new tools FedEx has to help you at their Web site. Finally, your kids will get fast, age-appropriate answers to their questions at AskJeeves Kids, the 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 ( http://fita.org/webindex/index.html ), which has a link library of more than 8,000 sites related to international trade.

VIETNAM -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

Vietnam had a few rocky years during the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, but the country seems to be back on track. GDP growth since 2000 has been averaging almost 7 percent a year, and Vietnam's leaders have made a strong commitment to modernizing the economy and promoting trade (an example is the US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement of 2001).

If you'd like to research trade opportunities with this growing Southeast Asian nation, go to the U.S. Commercial Service Vietnam Page ( http://www.buyusa.gov/vietnam/en/ ). Click on "Doing Business in Vietnam" and you'll find reports on current market conditions and upcoming opportunities; Do's and Dont's for business practices in the country; information on the best prospects for exporting to Vietnam; a country commercial guide; trade regulations; a list of trade events; news about the Bilateral Trade Agreement; and more. The site is oriented toward US companies, but there's plenty of good information here no matter what country you're from.

Another good resource is the Vietnam Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/vietnam.html), 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, Vietnamese 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 Vietnam 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 Vietnam 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 ( http://www.fita.org ).

FITA's Global Trade Book Store has some excellent books about doing business in the EU. Check out Succeed in Business: Vietnam and Passport Vietnam: Your Pocket Guide to Vietnamese Business, Customs & Etiquette. And the US - Vietnam Chamber of Commerce is a FITA member association. Check out their website for more resources about doing business with Vietnam.

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FEDEX GLOBAL TRADE MANAGER

If you ship packages internationally, you need to check out this new offering from FedEx. Go to the FEDEX International Tools website at https://gtm.fedex.com/GTM?cntry_code=us or the FedEx home page ( http://www.fedex.com/us/?link=1 ) and click on "International Tools." You'll see a host of services for the international shipper. All you need to do is register (for free) and you'll be able to use FedEx Global Trade Manager, which helps you to: find international documents (Shipper's Export Declaration, Export Commercial Invoice, etc.) for 38 countries; estimate duties and taxes; obtain regulatory information; download country profiles; and more. The Denied Party Screening Tool is especially noteworthy. With that, you identify individuals and companies included in current government lists of unacceptable trading partners, thus avoiding some hefty fines. The Global Trade Manager is an amazing resource that is useful for both buyers and sellers.

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COUNTRY TRAVEL REPORTS

If I were leaving for an international trip, I'd be a little nervous, with all the unrest in the world today. I wouldn't be canceling my reservations, but I'd certainly want to read up on my destination country, which is why I'd visit Country Travel Reports ( http://www.voyage.gc.ca/dest/ctry/reportpage-en.asp ). This Canadian government site has detailed travel reports for more than 200 destinations worldwide. Here you'll find information about safety & security, crime, terrorism, getting around inside the country, natural disasters & climate, local laws & customs, entry/exit requirements, health concerns, and more information to help you have a safe trip.

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ASKJEEVES KIDS

In my family, I'm trying to keep up the image as Dad the Answer Man as long as possible. My older kids have figured out that I don't know everything, but my younger ones are still under the impression that I'm a genius with a photographic memory. However, there are times when even the youngest child asks a question I can't answer, and when that happens I send them to AskJeeves Kids( http://www.ajkids.com ). This is a fast, easy and fun way for kids to find answers to their questions online. Ask Jeeves for Kids uses natural-language technology that allows kids to ask questions, such as "Why is the sky blue?" or "Where do bugs go in the winter?" in the same way they would ask a parent or teacher. The service combines human editorial judgment with filtering technology to enable kids to find both relevant and appropriate answers on the Web.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - EXPORT/IMPORT COMPLIANCE MANAGER FOR UNZ AND COMPANY

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 Export / Import Compliance Manager for UNZ and Company, an international trade training organization since 1879. 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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