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  Friday, March 31, 2006 Issue 133 Volume 6 Number 7  
This issue sponsored by TDCTRADE.COM

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• COUNTRY ENERGY ANALYSIS BRIEFS
• ATA CARNETS
• PEOPLE FINDER GUIDE
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - IMPORT/EXPORT SPECIALIST

Hello International Traders!

The United Arab Emirates has a booming economy and an open trade policy, and if you want to explore options for trade here, I have a great site in this issue. I also found a trove of country reports from the Department of Energy that will give you the inside scoop on scores of countries. I found a site about ATA carnets that will help you make the most of these time-saving documents. Finally, I have the People Finder Guide, which shows you where to search for public records online.

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.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

If all you know about the United Arab Emirates is what you read in the media recently during the controversy involving management of US ports, you should look a little deeper. This Persian Gulf state has an open economy with a high per capita income and a sizable annual trade surplus. It is negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with the US, and has lots of potential as a trade partner.

Want to learn more about the UAE? Here are two sites.

  • Gulfnews ( http://www.gulfnews.com ). This site has the latest news from the region, plus feature articles, columnists, and more. For an overview of the UAE and the booming city of Dubai, click on "About UAE" or "About Dubai" in the left column.
  • UAE Country Information ( http://www.export.gov/middleeast/country_information/unitedarabemirates/ ). This page at the US Commercial Service's Export.gov portal will give you an accurate picture of prospects in the UAE. There are links to country profiles from other sites, plus a detailed country commercial guide, with plenty of market research, trade leads, and economic data.

Another good resource is the UAE Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/uae.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, UAE 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 the UAE.

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 UAE 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 Success Secrets to Maximize Business in UAE and Doing Business With the United Arab Emirates.

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COUNTRY ENERGY ANALYSIS BRIEFS


Oil, gas, and coal fuel the economies of many countries around the world, and they're key factors affecting international trade. If you want to get the lowdown on the energy situation in a specific country, go to the US Energy Information Administration's Country Analysis Briefs ( http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cabs/ ), where you'll find current information, statistics, and charts. Just click on a country on the map or from the drop-down list, and you'll get a detailed report, with an overview of the country's economy, plus sections on oil, gas, electricity, the environment, and more. You'll also find updates on major energy projects that are planned or underway in the country, plus links to more information.

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ATA CARNETS

Do you know how to use ATA carnets? ATA carnets are useful documents that help you reduce some of the paperwork and expenses involved with importing and exporting. The ATA Carnet page at the Corporation for International Business ( http://www.atacarnet.com/WhatisanATACarnetorCarnet.aspx ) lays it out for you in easy-to-understand language. You'll find explanations, forms to download, news and advisories about carnets, airport maps (showing Customs, Baggage Claim, and Currency Exchange locations), translation guides for clearing foreign Customs with a carnet, articles and helpful links. Carnets can be used by a wide variety of travelers and businesspeople, and you'll find lots of helpful information about them here.

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PEOPLE FINDER GUIDE

I wished I'd known about this next site the last time I bought a used car. People Finder Guide ( http://www.virtualchase.com/people/ ) is a portal to all sorts of public records databases on the Web. You can look up phone numbers, addresses, criminal records, property records, marriage and death records, National Science Foundation research projects, campaign contributions by individuals and companies, civil aircraft registrations, disciplinary data on physicians, and much more, with links to databases in the US, Canada, and the UK. The used car info? There's a link to a site where you can look up information about a vehicle's past, including whether it was totaled in an accident, its state emissions inspection results, whether there are liens against it, etc.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - IMPORT/EXPORT SPECIALIST

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 an Import/Export Specialist in Baldwin Park, CA for Ocean Development of America, a firm doing import and export of products between China and the United States.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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