Wednesday, May 31, 2006 Issue 137 Volume 6 Number 11  
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Hello International Traders!

Have you heard about the economic success story of Slovenia? This Central European country is doing very well, and I've got a link in this issue to help you research opportunities there. I also have a link to a site that will save you time and money if you're a Canadian or American businessperson who deals with goods shipped into Canada. If you travel a lot, you'll be happy to hear about the site I found that offers tamper-proof seals for your luggage. Finally, I have a site that will give you the inside scoop on how to win cash and prizes in the many contests and sweepstakes on the Internet.

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.


Slovenia is a prosperous country that enjoys the highest GDP per capita (US $20,900 in 2005) of the transitioning economies of Central Europe. It joined the EU in 2004, and is considered a model of economic success and stability in the region. Slovenia is committed to international trade, and ranked 58th worldwide in imports and 63rd in exports in 2005.

If you'd like to research business opportunities with Slovenia, a good site to visit is Slovenia In Brief ( ). This Slovenian government site has an overview and facts to help you get to know the country better. There are sections on the culture, economy, history, holidays, sport, state, and tourism, to name a few. For business information, Slovenia Partner ( ), a Slovenian Chamber of Commerce site, is a good place to visit. There are details about various industries and business sectors in the country, and plenty of contact information for individuals, companies, and government offices in Slovenia.

Another good resource is the Slovenia 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, Slovenia markets, taxes, labor market indicators, tips on doing business, and a search engine to help you find market research on the Internet. Also, the latest headlines from Slovenia. 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 Slovenia 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 some excellent books about doing business in the Slovenia. Check out Doing Business With Slovenia and Culture Smart! Slovenia: A Quick Guide to Customs & Etiquette.



I'm not a big fan of paperwork, so I'm always glad when I find a program that promises to eliminate some of it. For businesspeople in the United States and Canada, the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Program ( ) is a way to eliminate some paperwork and streamline the process for importing goods into Canada at border crossings. Importers, carriers, and drivers can benefit from visiting the FAST Web site, which has information and downloadable forms required for the program.


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If you've ever discovered after the fact that your luggage has been tampered with, this next site is for you. Tamper Seal luggage locks and seals ( ) are easy to use, inexpensive, and airport-security compliant. The locks can be opened only with a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) secured access device, and a section of the lock changes from green to red to let you know. The luggage seals are individually numbered, fit zippered luggage, and require no prohibited cutting instruments for removal. These products are simple to use, and they give you peace of mind when you're traveling. There are some other interesting travel products for sale on the site too.



Anyone who surfs the Net knows there are a lot of online contests out there. There are pop-up ads screaming "You Won!", e-mail in your inbox announcing that this is your lucky day, and links on many sites that promise you'll hit the jackpot if you just enter this or that contest. I've always been wary of these come-ons, but there must be some legitimate ones, because Contest Girl ( ) says so. This site is run by a woman who says she's won numerous online contests, and she goes into convincing detail about it. She tells you her secrets for success, what she's won, her favorite contests, and how to avoid getting SPAM as a result of entering the wrong contests. She also has links to the better contests, and links to sites where you can get free product samples.



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