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  Wednesday, March 8, 2006 Issue 131 Volume 6 Number 5  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• TURKEY -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• COUNTRY RISK RATINGS ARCHIVE
• JET LAG CALCULATOR
• GARDENWEB
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - NAFTA TRADE ADMINISTRATOR

Hello International Traders!

Turkey is a gateway to both Europe and Asia, and if you want to get a foothold in the Turkish market, I've got a site in this issue for you. If jet lag is a problem when you travel, check out the site I found that will help you reset your body clock. I also found a site with tons of links to country risk ratings, so you can find out what the experts say about a country before you do business there. Finally, gardening season is here, and I have a site that will help you make your garden better than ever this year!

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.

TURKEY -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

At the center of Europe and Asia, Turkey has been a pipeline for trade goods traveling between the two continents for millennia. Today it has a lot to offer international businesspeople, including GDP growth of 9 percent in 2004, and inflation of only 7.7 percent in 2005 (a 30 year low). Turkey has applied to join the European Union, and its membership in the EU will have a positive effect on Turkish trade.

If you want to learn more about trade with Turkey, a good site to visit is the U.S. Commercial Service Turkey page ( http://www.buyusa.gov/turkey/en/country_commercial_guide.html ). Click on "Country Commercial Guide: Turkey" and you'll find a PDF file that's loaded with useful information about: the current political and economic situation; selling products & services in Turkey; trade regulations & standards; the investment climate; financing; travel; contacts; market research; and more.

Another good resource is the Turkey Mini Portal (http://fita.org/countries/turkey.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, Turkish 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 headlines from Turkey.

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 Turkey 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 Doing Business With Turkey and Culture Shock! Turkey. And the American-Turkish Council, the Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Maritime Trade are FITA member associations. Check out their websites for more resources about doing business with Turkey.

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COUNTRY RISK RATINGS ARCHIVE

The world is riskier than it used to be, and businesspeople need to be aware of risk factors when they research a new market. There are surveys and statistics on this very topic, and you'll find a good selection of them at Countryrisk.com's Country Risk Ratings Archives ( http://www.countryrisk.com/guide/archives/cat_country_risk_ratings.html ). This is a collection of links to country rankings, done by various organizations and governments. You'll find rankings for things like trade credit loss, sovereign default, confiscation/expropriation, war, etc. And this page is not the only valuable one at this site. In the left column you'll see links to other country rankings, data & statistics, and research & analysis sites. I found the Failed States Index ( http://www.fundforpeace.org/programs/fsi/fsindex.php ) particularly interesting.

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JET LAG CALCULATOR

If you fly overseas a lot, you probably have experienced jet lag. Flying across time zones disrupts the body's natural rhythms, and it can take days before your internal clock adjusts. The Jet Lag Calculator ( http://www.bodyclock.com ) has some good advice on how to handle jet lag, and you can find tips based on the length of your flight. The basic idea, it seems, is to reset your body's clock by exposing it to light at strategic times. This site has products for sale that can help, but it also has free advice about when to go out in the sun, and how much light you need to be exposed to in order to alleviate the effects of jet lag. There is also useful information here about conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD, or Winter Blues), and insomnia.

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GARDENWEB

It's getting to be that time of year again, when I get the urge to plant flowers, bushes, even trees on my property. Gardening used to be a hit or miss affair for me, with each plant's chances of survival dicey at best, but now that I've discovered GardenWeb ( http://www.gardenweb.com ) my plants will have a brighter future. I can do a keyword search for gardening information, and I'll get dozens of articles and instructions. Or, I can browse the FAQs for information about everything from African violets to weeds. GardenWeb also has message forums, which they say are the "largest community of gardeners on the Internet" where gardeners worldwide can ask and answer questions about every aspect of gardening.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - NAFTA TRADE ADMINISTRATOR

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 NAFTA Trade Adminstrator for Intermatic, Inc., a global manufacturer of consumer and industrial energy control products. 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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