Really Useful Sites For International Trade Professionals

Monday, September 17, 2001 Issue 16   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 16  

Here's your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional. This free bi-weekly newsletter reviews useful Web sites from the Web Resources database at FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal at, an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000+ sites related to international trade.

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My name is John McDonnell, and for years I wrote a weekly e- newsletter that profiled business-oriented Web sites. Now I'm using my Web research skills to find sites that are useful for international trade, as well as some fun sites that you'll enjoy visiting.


At this time it is still difficult for many of us to comprehend the magnitude of the tragedy that took place in New York and Washington on September 11. Thankfully the New York-based staff members of the Federation of International Trade Associations are safe. But we grieve for those who are injured or have lost their lives. And we worry about the aftermath of this great tragedy. Let us hope that US leaders will react maturely and with great caution for the sake of world peace, world trade and the future of our planet.

For Really Useful Sites subscribers who would like more information about where to send donations or find other useful resources about the aftermath of the diaster, take a look at's Disaster Relief Resources page at It provides a list of resources throughout the New York and New Jersey region, for those who want to help, for those who need assistance, and for those who need information. They'll be updating this list regularly for the duration of this crisis.

And Peter Robinson, a valued New York-based member of the FITA staff, has started a support newsgroup called the The WTC Spirit & Support Network at

And so, in the spirit of continuing on with our business and personal lives, here are the Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals for this issue:


One of these days I'm going to spring for some high speed Internet access, but for now I'm still chugging along with my 56k modem. At that speed, it seems like I could cook dinner in the time it takes to load some Web pages. That's why I appreciate "Top 50 Web Sites That Download Quickly" at, a site with links to fast-loading sites. There are a lot of useful sites on this list, including: Investopedia at, which explains investing terms, and Recipe Archive at, which has hundreds of great recipes.


I guess I can throw away a whole shelf of books in my office, because I'll never need an encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, or any other kind of reference book again, now that I found xrefer at Calling itself a "Web reference engine," xrefer features a database containing major reference works covering a wide range of subjects. And all this information is cross-referenced to allow you to follow a trail of relevant information through several sources. Try it -- type in a word, and see the kind of information xrefer gives you.

Are your prospects part of the international trade community? If so, here's an opportunity to showcase your service or product to 50,000 subscribers of Really Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional. FITA now offers limited sponsorship opportunities to selected organizations. For information, please contact Barney Lehrer, Director of eCommerce Development at or 1-800-969-FITA extension 4.


If you want to do some in-depth research about a country, visit BUBL World: Area Studies at, which promises to find you at least five relevant resources for any country you're interested in. However, in many cases you'll get a lot more than that. As an example, searching on "Ireland" turned up a list of 74 Web sites with maps, geology resources, travel guides, political reports, and much more. Each site on the list has a summary, so you can tell right away if it's worth visiting.


Somebody always seems to be publishing a list of the biggest, richest, best, worst, or some other ranking of companies, people, colleges, sports teams, etc. Besides being fun to read, these lists can provide valuable information for marketers, researchers, and others. You'll find links to many of these lists at Price's List of Lists at Scroll down the page and you'll find links to: Fortune Magazine's most admired companies, the top 100 women in Canadian business, the Forbes International 800, the richest people worldwide, the Best Companies to Work for in America, and much more.

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