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  Wednesday, September 6, 2006 Issue 144 Volume 6 Number 18  
This issue sponsored by The Official Export Guide and the Customs House Guide

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• CANADA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• WLW -- WER LIEFERT WAS
• FITA/GLOBAL SOURCES TRADE SHOW CENTER
• KOSMIX HEALTH
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - INTERNATIONAL TRADE MANAGER

Hello International Traders!

Canada is one of the world's biggest trading nations, and I've got a site in this issue that will help you explore opportunities there. Also, I revisit a site where you can search for European suppliers in hundreds of industries. Do you want to find trade shows in Asia? I have a site in this issue that will show you all the upcoming shows in that part of the world. Finally, I profile a search engine that will help you find credible answers to your health questions in an instant.

CANADA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

Lately in Really Useful Sites I've been trying to find hidden gems, countries that are small but have the potential for growth as trading partners. This issue, I want to focus on a country that dwarfs all others as a trading partner for the U.S. - Canada. Just one example: in 2005 it averaged $1.3 million Canadian dollars a minute (!) in two-way trade with the U.S. But there's lots of potential for other countries also - Canada is one of the world's leading importers and exporters.

If you'd like to learn more about trade with Canada, go to Canada International (http://canadainternational.gc.ca/ci/main_menu-en.aspx), which is a gateway to information about Canada and its economy. There are lots of links to useful information at the home page, but businesspeople will definitely want to click on "Doing Business With Canada". Then, you simply select a topic, an industry or sector you're interested in, your country, and you'll get links to a robust amount of information from various Canadian agencies. You'll find: market research; updates on duties, rules and regulations for selling in Canada; a directory of Canadian companies; a calendar of business events; and information about Canada's investment climate. This is just one section of the site, and other sections have lots more information about business travel in Canada, investing in Canada, and establishing a business, to name a few topics.

Another good resource is the Canada Mini Portal (http://fita.org/countries/canada.html), 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, Canadian 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. The Canada 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 Canada. Check out Success Secrets to Maximize Business in Canada and Canada Business: The Portable Encyclopedia for Doing Business With Canada. And there are 17 FITA member associations in Canada. Check out their websites from the FITA Member Directory at http://www.fita.org/members_dir.html for more resources about doing business with Canada.

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WLW -- WER LIEFERT WAS

I wrote about WLW ( http://www.wlw.com ), a European supplier search engine, a couple of years ago, and I recently went back to evaluate it again. WLW stands for "wer liefert was?" which is loosely translated from German as "Who supplies which?". On my recent visit I found the site as useful as before, and I was happy to see that the site's owners resisted the temptation to jazz it up (and slow it down) with a lot of fancy graphics, pop-up windows, or company bragging. It's a no-frills site, but it runs fast, and it will give you a list of suppliers in seconds. Choose a language and a country (there are six) on the home page, then you can search by either product/service or company name. In seconds you'll get a list of suppliers, with names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, and Web sites. You can filter your results to show only manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and/or service providers. The site is still free, as it was when I last visited, and it's still got plenty of useful information on thousands of companies.

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FITA/GLOBAL SOURCES TRADE SHOW CENTER

I don't think there are many industries in the world that haven't been affected by the booming Chinese economy. China has made great progress in manufacturing quality products for an attractive price, and you can't ignore that if you're in business. If you want to keep up with the latest developments in Chinese products, you should go to a trade show. FITA and Global Sources have teamed up to offer the FITA/Global Sources Trade Show Center ( http://fita.org/gsol ). The Center has listings of all the important trade shows in China, Asia, and even the rest of the world. You can search the trade show listings right from the home page, and click on the ones that interest you to get more information. You can also register, which is free, so you can use Global Sources’ directories and trade leads sections ( http://www.fita.globalsources.com ), where you can: do a product and supplier search and inquiry, get product and news alerts sent to your e-mail address, and send inquiries about products you're interested in. There are also many services that suppliers can use to sell, list, and exhibit their products online.

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KOSMIX HEALTH

Kosmix Health (http://kosmix.com/index.html?out=health-js) is a site that makes me wax rhapsodic about the power of the Internet to do good. This is a search engine, but it's like a search engine on steroids. Type in a keyword and you get thousands of results, in a matter of seconds. Don't worry, you won't get overwhelmed by a search list of that size, because Kosmix Health organizes the results so well. I typed "acne" (I'm the parent of teenagers), and the results list came back with categories like: Basic Information, Causes, Treatment, Prevention, Support Groups & Tools, Natural Remedies, and more. Each link has a sentence or two of description, so you can see if it's relevant to your query. At the top of the page were links to the latest news about acne, too. Kosmix Health is one of five Kosmix search engines - the others deal with video games, finance, travel, and U.S. politics. Each one delivers thousands of solid, dependable results in seconds.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - INTERNATIONAL TRADE MANAGER

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 to be International Trade Manager for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. The position is based in Richmond, VA 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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