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  Wednesday, July 26, 2006 Issue 141 Volume 6 Number 15  
This issue sponsored by The FITA International Career Headquarters

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IN THIS ISSUE:
•  BALTIC SEA AREA -- OUR FEATURED REGION
•  GET A GREAT START IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE
•  USE THE JOURNALISTS' PORTAL -- CYBERTIMES NAVIGATOR
•  TRACK HURRICANES AT THE TROPICAL PREDICTION CENTER
•  FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - TRADE COMPLIANCE MANAGER

Hello International Traders!

The Baltic region has the potential for robust growth in the coming years, and I've got a site in this issue that will help you tap into that market. Also, I found a site with a clear, well-written tutorial on how to get started in international trade. Plus, whatever kind of research you're doing, I have a portal in this issue that you should visit -- it's the one the journalists at the New York Times use. Finally, it's hurricane season again, and I found a site where you can get the latest information and updates about hurricanes and tropical storms.

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.

BALTIC SEA AREA -- OUR FEATURED REGION

The Baltic Sea region encompasses 11 countries and 300 million inhabitants. It's an area that is rich in natural resources, and it has been undergoing rapid change since the breakup of the old Soviet Union. Ten of the 11 countries are either in the European Union or in the European Economic Area (EEA), and they are actively promoting trade.

If you want to research trade with this region, a good site to visit is the Baltic Market profile at the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology ( http://www.bmwi.de/English/Navigation/European-Policy/baltic- market.html ). Here you'll find information for each country about how to start a business, how to import and export, customs duties, taxation, government financial support, the labor market, intellectual property rights, business and governmental contacts, and more.

Another good resource is the Country Profiles Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/index.html ), one of the new features at the FITA site. Just click on a country and you'll find information about its language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, markets, taxes, news, labor market indicators, tips on doing business, and a search engine to help you find market research on the Internet. 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.

FITA's Global Trade Book Store has some excellent books about doing business in the Baltic States. Check out Guide to Business Info on Russia, the NIS, and the Baltic States and Succeed in Business with the Baltic States.

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GET A GREAT START IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE

International trade can be a lucrative endeavor for your company, but it takes time and know-how to make your international operations successful. You can get a good tutorial on this subject at SITPRO's Getting Started in International Trade ( http://www.sitpro.org.uk/trade/getstarted.html ). SITPRO is part of the UK's Department of Trade and Industry, but you don't have to be a UK company to get value from this site. The Getting Started Trade Briefing is clear and well-organized, with links to further resources. The left column has links to other briefings (Exporting, Importing, Incoterms, Letter of Credit Checklists, etc.) with practical information about cargo insurance, the foreign exchange market, methods of payment, and more.

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LOOKING FOR A QUALIFIED EMPLOYEE?
Until the end of July you can advertise 2 opening here for 60 days for ONLY $99!
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Want to Win the War for the Best International Talent? Post your jobs at FITA Career Headquarters, an internationally-focused job board that serves organizations seeking employees with international business experience. FITA is offering a "Summer Special" of two 60 day job listings for only $99! Click here to see these and other special low rates.

The FITA Career Headquarters provides a comprehensive recruiting system and searchable resume database of more than 3000 resumes from a talent pool of qualified, internationally-focused candidates. And now 20 FITA member associations are also posting the FITA Career Headquarters' job listings on their own websites, so that your job postings reach a network of more than 20,000 additional trade professionals.

Post your jobs online today. Click here to register and post your jobs.

Any questions please contact FITA Career Center Manager, Michele White, at 800-331-2177 ext. 2762 or mwhite@boxwoodtech.com.


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USE THE JOURNALISTS' PORTAL -- CYBERTIMES NAVIGATOR

When I wrote about Cybertimes Navigator ( http://tech.nytimes.com/top/news/technology/cybertimesnavigator/index.html ) in 2003, I said it was a "great place to start your research" into just about anything. I just revisited this site, and it's even more useful than it was when I first wrote about it. Cybertimes Navigator is a research portal used by New York Times reporters and editors, and if it's good enough for them, you know it's got plenty of useful information for everyone else. Scroll down the page and you'll see what I mean. There are search engines, reference sites, employment message boards, telephone and address lookup sites, government portals, price comparisons for popular products, discount travel sites, encyclopedias, dictionaries, health sites, online newspapers, and much more. Because the New York Times has a reputation for journalistic exc ellence, you can be sure the sites its reporters use are the most credible and reliable. Also, you'll see links to business, politics, and health navigators, if you need resources specific to those subjects.

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TRACK HURRICANES AT THE TROPICAL PREDICTION CENTER

We're well into hurricane season by now, and experts are predicting that this will be another active season. To get the latest reports on tropical storms, hurricanes, and cyclones, visit the National Hurricane Center's Tropical Prediction Center ( http://www.nhc.noaa.gov ). You can track storms as they develop, see forecasts and analyses, and read about wind speed, storm surge, and the latest warnings. You can also see satellite photos of the storms, read about hurricanes of the past and the damage they did, and learn about hurricane safety and preparedness.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - TRADE COMPLIANCE MANAGER

In the 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 Trade Compliance Manager in Eden Prairie, MN for Emerson Process Management, a leading global supplier of products, services, and solutions that measure, analyze, control, automate, and improve process-related operations .Click here to browse more than 700 other positions! Employers - Click here to advertise your job openings on FITA's Career HQ.

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