Hello International Traders!|
John McDonnell here, with more sites to help you achieve success in international trade.
In this issue we look East to the Philippines, where you'll find lots of potential for trade. I discovered a site that will get you started on the road to success in the Philippine market. Also, I have a site with a huge searchable database of trade shows around the world. Want to get a foothold in the European Union? I have a site that will help you do that. Finally, I found a site where you can get the latest information on air quality in the U.S. and Canada.
And don't forget -- if you'd like more information about
international trade, go to FITA's Really Useful Links (
http://fita.org/webindex ), which has a link library
of more than 8,000 sites related to international trade.
Our Featured Country
If you're looking to do business with an Asian country that has a robust economy, a highly literate workforce, and a commitment to trade, look no farther than the Philippines. This island nation is one of the world's top 50 importers and exporters, and it has maintained a very healthy 5 percent rate of GDP growth during the last three years. If you'd like to research it further, go to the Philippines Profile at the US-ASEAN Business Council ( http://www.us-asean.org/philippines.asp ). Here you'll find breaking news, economic & market information, tips on business etiquette, government portals, currency quotes, trade events, laws & regulations, tax information, useful links, and much more. You'll find especially good information if you click on "Important Links", "Country Profile" and "Business Guide" at the top of the page.
You'll also find plenty of good research at the Philippines Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/philippines.html ), a feature of the FITA Web site. The Philippines Mini Portal has an overview of the country, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, markets, taxes, labor market indicators, and tips on doing business in Philippines.
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 Philippines 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 ).
FITA's Global Trade Book Store has some excellent books about doing
business in the Philippines. Check out Business Guide to Phillippines, Success Secrets to Maximize Business in the Philippines and Philippines - Culture Smart!: a quick guide to customs and etiquette.
The Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon ( http://www.pacco.org ) is a FITA member association. Their website
offers more resources about doing business with the Philippines.
And click here to search the FITA Member Directory for links to FITA member associations' websites.
SEARCH FOR TRADE SHOWS AT BIZTRADESHOWS
Trade Show Directory
Early in my career I worked for an advertising industry magazine, and I went to several trade shows. I came home with sore feet from standing so much, a pocket full of business cards, and a feeling that I had met almost every important person in the industry. Trade shows are crucial for making contact with customers, prospects, buyers, sellers, and a host of other people who may be important to your business, and they're even more important for international trade. A great way to find out about upcoming trade shows worldwide is to visit BizTradeShows ( http://www.biztradeshows.com ). You can browse shows by industry, city, country, date, or by the name of the trade show organizer. When you find a show you're interested in, you can read the details about it, contact the organizer, or send inquiries about signing up to be an exhibitor or attendee. This is definitely a site to bookmark if you're interested in trade shows.
DOING BUSINESS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION SUCCESSFULLY
EU Business Guide
The European Union is second only to the United States in GDP (purchasing power parity) and imports, and it leads the world in exports. Speaking of imports, there are 500 million consumers in the EU, and that's a market you simply can't ignore. If you want to learn more about the EU, you'll find a lot of helpful resources at the U.S. Commercial Service Doing Business In The European Union ( http://www.buyusa.gov/europeanunion ) site. There are links to: EU standards & regulations; where to find EU grants, tenders & financing; reports on various sectors of the EU market; trade documents; lists of businesses who can provide services to companies wishing to enter the EU market; the latest news & information. This is an important site for anyone who wants to do business in the EU.
CHECK AIRNOW FOR THE LATEST AIR QUALITY
Air Quality Reports
As a person with pollen allergies, I look at the air quality index almost every day. Now I've found a good site at AirNow ( http://airnow.gov ) to help me monitor my local air quality. This U.S. government Web site has a wealth of information about air quality in the U.S. and Canada. There are maps, forecasts, articles about air quality and your health, tips, learning resources for students & teachers, publications, historical data, links to Webcams with live air quality pictures, and more. With air pollution becoming a big issue these days, this is an especially useful site.
FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Global Trade Advisor
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
Global Trade Advisor
for ABN AMRO Bank in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Click
here to browse more than 700 other positions!
here to advertise your job openings on FITA's Career HQ.
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