Wednesday, April 19, 2006 Issue 134 Volume 6 Number 8  
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Hello International Traders!

If you'd like to develop your trade in the Dutch market, I have a site that will get you off to a good start. Also, I have a site in this issue where you can get detailed business intelligence on a pay-as-you-go basis. Want to know where you can get wireless Internet access? I have a site that will show you the hotspots. Finally, I have a site that's got a well-deserved reputation as a source of excellent business research links.

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 Netherlands is a small country with a big impact on international trade. You could say it's in their history -- in the 17th century the Dutch East India Company, which made its money from trade, was the world's largest company. Nowadays the Netherlands is one of the world's largest trading nations, with exports of US $365 billion in 2005, and imports of US $326 billion.

If you'd like to learn more about trade with the Netherlands, go to the Netherlands country profile ( ) at globalEDGE (tm). Here you'll find an overview, statistics, a look at the economy & government, a map, contact information for the largest Dutch companies, a currency converter, and lots of news headlines, plus links to more information.

Another good resource is the Netherlands Mini Portal (, one of the new features at the FITA site. The Mini Portal is a good place to start your research. There is information about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, Dutch 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 Netherlands.

FITA's Global Trade Book Store has some excellent books about doing business in the Netherlands. Check out Dealing With the Dutch: The Cultural Context of Business and Work in the Netherlands in the Early 21st Century and Culture Smart! Netherlands: A Quick Guide to Customs & Etiquette.



Many years ago I worked as a banker, and I remember how we relied on the information in Dun & Bradstreet credit reports when we made a commercial loan decision. Business publishers like Dun & Bradstreet gather the kind of critical research that companies need to make key decisions about markets, customers, competitors, and suppliers. You can get this information on a pay-as-you-go basis at Manta ( ). You simply type in your search word and select which business database you want to search, then decide if you want to purchase any of the results that come up. You only pay for what you use, so it's an efficient way to search for information. In addition to Dun & Bradstreet, you can search publishers like Datamonitor, ICON, and Snapdata. Each publisher specializes in a different type of business information, which helps you cover all the bases in your research.


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With the growth of wireless networks, it seems like you can get on the Internet from almost anywhere. That "almost" can be frustrating, though, because there are still lots of places that don't have wireless access. That's why I love the Jiwire WiFi Hotspot Directory ( ). All you do is type in an address, and this site will find the nearest "hotspots", which are public places where you can get wireless access. Jiwire has a database of 107,318 free and paid hotspots in 122 countries. Each hotspot listing has information on access options, plus maps and driving directions where available. Jiwire also offers other services at this site, like a way to secure your wireless connection, access your e-mail, and download a hotspot directory.



I wrote about VIBES ( 68 ) back in 2001 because it was a useful, reliable site that had been around since the mid-1990s (a long time in Internet years). Well, it's still around, and it's gotten even more useful. Jeanie M. Welch at the University of North Carolina Charlotte has added more than a thousand additional links to her collection of international business and economic information. They're all quality links to sites with free information, including articles, research reports, statistical tables and graphs, and portals to specific types of business data. Click on the Table of Contents and you'll see a subject list that goes from Agricultural & Forest Products to Trade Issues & Statistics. There's also a list of sites devoted to specific regions of the world, and an alphabetical list of sites devoted to countries.


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Thousands of suppliers from throughout Europe already advertise in EUROPAGES and many of them regularly info rm us of the successes they've achieved thanks to the Directory. Click here to make your company visible to thousands of potential buyers from the core of the European trade industry.



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