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  Wednesday, March 28, 2007 Issue 158 Volume 7 Number 7  
This issue sponsored by the Global Sources' China Sourcing Fairs

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• UKRAINE
Our Featured Country
• GET CUSTOMS INFO FROM THE WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION
Links to Most Customs Authorities Worldwide
• STEP BY STEP TRADE TUTORIALS RIGHT HERE
Tutorials for Logistics Management
• THE COOLEST GADGETS AT COOL TOOLS
Toys for Adults and Children
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Export Manager for Ferrex International

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here, with Web sites that will help you achieve success in international trade.

Some experts think Ukraine is poised to become a major regional player, and I have a site in this issue to give you all the facts about this up and coming economy. I also found a site where you can get quick access to Customs information and forms from hundreds of countries worldwide. And, if you want clear, practical explanations of trade topics, I have a site that will give you just that. Finally, I have a site with reviews of fun and offbeat gadgets, books, and other products, and I guarantee you'll find something here to tickle your fancy! 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.

UKRAINE
Our Featured Country

The Ukraine was always the top producer among all the republics of the old Soviet Union, and after the fall of the USSR it has continued to show positive economic trends. Although it went through a rocky transition to democracy in the 1990s, and relations with Russia have been strained at times, the Ukraine today is on the upswing. Its GDP grew seven percent in 2006, and that growth is expected to continue in 2007. One reason is that rising prices in the steel market have benefited Ukraine, which is a major steel producer. The country passed many laws in recent years to conform its trading system to World Trade Organization standards, and trade prospects look good. If this sounds like a country you'd like to research, a good place to start is the BISNIS Ukraine page ( http://www.bisnis.doc.gov/bisnis/country/ukraine.cfm ). BISNIS stands for "Business Information Center for the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union", and this U.S. government agency has lots of information about the Ukraine. You'll find reports on specific Ukrainian markets, a country commercial guide, a guide to doing business there, news and reports on trade issues affecting the Ukraine, useful contacts & resources, the Customs Code of Ukraine, upcoming trade events, and more.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the Ukraine Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/ukraine.html ), a feature of the FITA Web site. The Ukraine Mini Portal has an overview of the country, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, Ukrainian markets, taxes, labor market indicators, and tips on doing business in Ukraine.

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 Ukraine Mini Portal is one of many research gateways at the 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 ).


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GET CUSTOMS INFO FROM THE WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION
Links to Most Customs Authorities Worldwide

There's more to trade than just shipping your products overseas, of course. Once your products arrive, they have to get through Customs -- and that's what can really make or break you. There are different Customs requirements for different countries, and you need to know them to navigate your way successfully. You'll find lots of useful information about this subject at World Customs Organization (WCO) Customs Web Sites ( http://www.wcoomd.org/ie/En/CustomsWebSites/customswebsites.html ). Here you'll find links to the Customs agencies for hundreds of countries, where you can read news and alerts, download forms, and find out what the latest requirements are. You can also read articles at the WCO site about the Harmonized Tariff System, Cross Border Crime, and other topics. There are also useful links, a schedule of WCO events, a bookshop, a magazine, and more.

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WONDERING HOW TO GET STARTED BUYING FROM CHINA?
A Head Start for New Importers
http://www.chinasourcingfairs.com

If you have been eager to cut costs by sourcing directly from China, but unsure how to start, take a close look at a suite of trade shows to be held in Hong Kong in April.

Organized by Global Sources, the China Sourcing Fairs (http://www.chinasourcingfairs.com) boast thousands of competitive exporters from mainland China and other sourcing markets in Asia.  In addition, to take the mystery out of China sourcing, Global Sources offers “Buying from China” seminars at the shows.  This free seminar program is designed specifically to provide new importers with practical, how-to guidance for navigating the key steps in the international sourcing process.   

Learn more about the “Buying from China” seminar at each show:

China Sourcing Fair: Gifts & Home Products: http://tradeshow.globalsources.com/TRADESHOW/HONGKONG-GIFTS/CONFERENCE.HTM

China Sourcing Fair: Electronics & Components
http://tradeshow.globalsources.com/TRADESHOW/HONGKONG-ELECTRONICS/CONFERENCE.HTM

China Sourcing Fair: Fashion Accessories http://tradeshow.globalsources.com/TRADESHOW/HONGKONG-FASHION/CONFERENCE.HTM

China Sourcing Fair: Underwear & Swimwear
http://tradeshow.globalsources.com/TRADESHOW/HONGKONG-UNDERWEAR-SWIMWEAR/CONFERENCE.HTM


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STEP BY STEP TRADE TUTORIALS RIGHT HERE
Tutorials for Logistics Management

Anyone new to trade (and probably some who've been around for awhile) can benefit from a visit to Central Tutorials Index ( http://www.cargolaw.com/guides_centraltutorial.html ). This site, created by the law firm of Countryman & McDaniel, has easy-to-understand tutorials about logistics. Scroll down the page and you'll find explanations of shipping and transport documents, terms, units of measure, air cargo claims law, transportation claims, important legislation, claim & liability prevention, an index to Customs & transport regulations, and more. There are scads of links here to every aspect of logistics and transportation law, and you'll spend hours at this important and useful site.

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THE COOLEST GADGETS AT COOL TOOLS
Toys for Adults and Children

I wrote about this site a couple of years ago, but it's still around and looks better than ever. Cool Tools ( http://www.kk.org/cooltools/ ) is a collection of nifty gadgets and things spotlighted by Kevin Kelly, a technology writer. I mean, where else are you going to read reviews of: a guitar humidifier, a home strep test kit, a weed wrench, a digital underwater camera, a how-to article about tracing your roots with DNA testing, a book about metalsmithing, super-fine sandpaper, a book about how to build Mongolian cloud houses, a radio-controlled airplane, and, well, you get the idea. You never know what you'll find at this site, but I guarantee it will be interesting!

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Export Manager for Ferrex International

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 Export Manager for Ferrex International, an Export Management company marketing American produced products overseas in New York, NY.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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