Really Useful Sites For International Trade Professionals

Monday, October 15, 2001 Issue 18   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 18  

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.


When a reader recommended a Harvard Business School Web site about globalization, I thought it would be too dry for Really Useful Sites. I thought it would contain academic discussions about arcane concepts that nobody with an IQ under 160 would understand (yours truly included). However, Featured Web Sites on Globalization at is not at all like that. It's a page of reviews of Web sites that have to do with globalization, and most of the sites have useful content for anyone in international trade. These sites have been selected with care, and each has a review that describes what you'll find -- everything from articles about monetary policy, to trade leads, to tips about international time zones, voltage, and telephones.


I'm one of those directionally-challenged folks. Take me a mile from my house, spin me around a few times, and I'm lost. What I need is Maporama at, which has street-level directional maps for the U.S., fifteen European nations, and most of Canada (more countries are being added). Maps are available in normal, high definition, and interactive formats that include weather, local time, and longitude and latitude. You can get driving directions, and even real-time traffic information about your route. You can save your maps, e-mail them, or send them to a Palm Pilot or some other PDA.

And while I'm at it, here's another great map site. All the World's Maps at is a collection of links to every map source on the Internet for each country. This is truly a mammoth resource -- for example, there are dozens of links for Afghanistan alone.

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.


With all that's happening in the world today, I find myself constantly looking for news updates while I'm online. Here's a site I just found that seems timely and accurate -- at It has capsule stories from worldwide news media about major news events, and you can click on them to get the full story. You can also search for stories by category (Business, Cartoons, Global Trading, Sports, Weather, etc.), city, date, language, or keyword.


For a research buff like me, Where to do Research at is a delight. This site has an easy-to-use page of 54 categories of research, and when you put your cursor on a category, subcategories appear, to let you know what else is available. The sites you'll find are all information-rich and reputable, which makes this a must-visit for anyone doing serious research on the Internet.
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