Wednesday, April 25, 2007 Issue 160 Volume 7 Number 9  

This issue sponsored by Reuters Insight


Our Featured Country
Expert Advice on Exporting
Logistics Resources
Educate Your Kids Online
Director of International Trade Compliance

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals.

Brazil has a booming economy, and I have a site in this issue that will help you research this promising market. Have a question about exporting? I have a site that will give you expert answers. Also, whatever you need to know about logistics you'll find at the site I profile in this issue. Finally, your kids will have hours of fun and learn plenty at the American Library Association site I found.

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.

Our Featured Country

The economy of Brazil is on the upswing. The country has a wealth of natural resources, a government that is committed to sound fiscal policy, and a favorable attitude toward foreign trade. Brazil is among the world's leading importers and exporters, and it's a fertile ground for business and investment. A good site to visit if you're interested in the Brazilian economy is Brazilink ( ). This site is filled with news and information about Brazil. There are message forums, news media (mainstream and alternative), academic resources, trade links, business directories, portals, government agency homepages, statistics, links to organizations, travel tips (Carnival!) and much more.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the Brazil Mini Portal ( ), a feature of the FITA Web site. The Brazil Mini Portal has an overview of the country, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, Brazilian markets, taxes, labor market indicators, and tips on doing business in Brazil. 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 Brazil. Check out Brazil: A Guide for Businesspeople, Doing Business in the New Latin America: A Guide to Cultures, Practices, and Opportunities and Culture Smart! Brazil: A Quick Guide to Customs & Etiquette.

The following associations are FITA member associations. Their sites offer more resources about doing business with Brazil:

And click here to search the FITA Member Directory for links to FITA member associations' websites.


Expert Advice on Exporting

I love all the Ask The Experts sites on the Web. It seems like there are experts for just about every subject, and sometimes they can come in handy (is there an expert on teenage sons out there?). A good one for small and medium sized exporters is Export Institute USA's Ask the Experts page ( ). This is a page where you can ask questions about exporting and get answers, or just read the answers to questions others have asked. You can click on a question that looks interesting, and the answer will open in a new window. For more useful resources at this site, click on "Export Links", where you'll find links to topics like Entrepreneurship, Market Research, Shipping, Travel, Women in Exporting, and more.

Export Institute USA offers an online certificate in export management. Subscribers to FITA's "Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals" get a 10% discount on the course Use the code "FITA10" (all upper case) when you register.


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Logistics Resources

Making the sale is only half the battle in international trade. The other half is getting your products to the customer, and that involves logistics. If you don't do a good job of moving your products from one place to another, your profits can turn into losses very quickly. A good site for logistics information is Logistics Management ( ). Here you'll find articles and news about logistics, as well as case studies, a calendar of events for the logistics industry, a search engine for logistics products and companies, a way to find a warehouse for your products, White Papers on logistics topics, and useful sites. Logistics Management is a trade magazine, and you can also read current and past issues at this site.


Educate Your Kids Online

I wrote about this site a few years ago, but it's updated every year, and is worth another look. ALA Great Web Sites for Kids ( ) has sites reviewed and approved by the American Library Association. These are sites that have been chosen because they're useful, educational, but also a lot of fun. On my most recent visit I saw links to sites about bugs, cats, cells, human anatomy, alligators, hurricanes, origami, arts & crafts, Leonardo Da Vinci, U.S. Presidents, mathematics, maps, and current events -- and that was just a smattering of what was available. Kids can spend hours at the sites linked from here, and they'll be having so much fun they won't realize they're learning too.


Director of International Trade Compliance

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