Tuesday, November 20, 2007 Issue 175 Volume 7 Number 24  
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Our Featured Country
All the Statistics You Need
All You Need Before You Fly
A New Perspective on the World
District Account Executive

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell with the latest sites to help your business.

The United Kingdom has one of the world's largest economies, and you'll find plenty of information about it in the site I included here. Also, if you want to know flight information, or anything else about air travel, I have a perfect site for you. If you're looking for global statistics, check out the site I profile in this issue. Finally, I have a site from the World Bank that has a new perspective on country information around the world.

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 United Kingdom has a first-class economy with low inflation, interest rates, and unemployment, and a high profile in world trade. In 2006 the UK was 6th in the world for importing, and 8th for exporting. Prospects are good for continued growth in the UK economy, and this is a country you want to do business with if you're involved in trade. If you'd like to research trade opportunities with the UK, check out UK Trade & Investment ( ), which is a government site with lots of information. UK-based businesses will find lots of help here for their exporting, and foreign businesses will also find a lot to interest them. Simply click on your area of interest at the home page, and you'll find plenty of links to help you delve deeper. There are reports on UK industries and sectors, news, trends & analysis, services provided by the government to local and foreign firms, useful contacts, and much more.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the UK Mini Portal ( ), a feature of the FITA Web site. The UK 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 UK.

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 UK 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 ( ).

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

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


All the Statistics You Need

I wrote about this next site way back in 2003, and when I revisited it recently I thought it was worth another mention. OFFSTATS ( ) is a Web gateway at the University of Auckland, NZ, to free official statistics on the Web, and it's gotten more useful since 2003. You can search by country, region, and topic, and you can find links to statistics on agriculture, housing, crime, health, globalization, energy, cost of living, women, taxes, and education, to name just a few.


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All You Need Before You Fly

There are plenty of sites on the Web with flight information, but ( ) is a portal to a wide variety of this airline and travel information, where you can find everything in one place. You can check routes, compare fares, book a flight, scan airplane seat maps, locate an airport, find a discount airline, read reviews of airline food, track a flight in real time, get a weather report, look at a map, read a guide to your destination, and much more. Visit this site before you book your next flight.


A New Perspective on the World

Here's an interesting mashup that uses World Bank data and Google Maps. At The World Bank Mapped ( ) you can click on a country, and you'll get access to World Bank facts and figures about that country, plus news and information about World Bank projects. You can either target a country on the map, or select it from the drop-down list. There are also links to other pages at the World Bank site, where you can browse a virtual library, create your own country report, and more.


District Account Executive

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 District Account Executive for UPS Supply Chain Solutions in Forest Park, Georgia. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions!

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