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  Wednesday, May 28, 2008 Issue 188 Volume 8 Number 11  

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• SLOVENIA
Our Featured Country
• LEXMERCATORIA.ORG
For Everything about Trade Law
• NEED ASIA-PACIFIC TARIFF INFO?
Go to APEC Tariff Database
• ANSWER EVERY QUESTION
At Martindale's The Reference Desk
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Trade Compliance Specialist

I have some exciting news from FITA: A new website called GlobalTrade.net.

Think of this new site as ?Web 2.0 for international trade.? It will be a comprehensive online platform for international trade professionals, global marketers, logistics providers, industry experts and leaders. It will combine the best features of a wiki with social networking and moderated forums, resulting in the leading online resource for international trade.

We're seeking experts in every aspect of international trade to contribute.

If you know of organizations, groups, databases, or associations of international trade experts that we should invite to contribute to GlobalTrade.net, please let us know at globaltradenet@fita.org. And you, our distinguished subscribers, will be welcome to contribute as soon as the site is online in mid June. We?ll keep you posted!


Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here with more sites to help you achieve success in the international trade arena.

Slovenia is a prosperous economy in Central Europe, and I have a Web portal in this issue that will help you do some research into trade with that country. Also, have a site with hundreds of links to international trade law resources. Do you need to know about tariffs for Asia Pacific countries? I have a site with a large database of Asia Pacific tariff information you can search for free. Finally, you'll want to bookmark the site I found with hundreds of links to reference sites on just about every subject imaginable.

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.

SLOVENIA
Our Featured Country

Of all the former East Bloc countries of Central Europe, Slovenia has fared perhaps the best, with a strong economy and prospects for continued growth. It has graduated from borrower status to full donor partner at the World Bank, and it has expanded its foreign trade presence (last year it moved up to 56th in the world for imports). If this looks like a country you'd be interested in researching, a good place to start is the Slovenian Business Portal ( http://www.poslovniportal.si ). Here you'll find many resources about Slovenia, including a country profile, economic data, information about foreign trade, customs regulations, free trade zones and warehouses, insurance and financing of Slovenian exports, business initiatives, foreign investment, real-estate investment, establishing a company, a business directory (click on "Virtual Fair"), and much more.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the Slovenia Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/slovenia.html ), a feature of the FITA Web site. The Slovenia Mini Portal has an overview of Slovenia, 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 Slovenia.

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 Slovenia 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 ).

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LEXMERCATORIA.ORG
For Everything about Trade Law

I've written about more than a thousand Web sites, but I'm still discovering useful sites that have been around for years. LexMercatoria.org ( http://LexMercatoria.org ) is one of them. One of the first sites on the law-oriented Web sites, Lex Mercatoria is a portal to international commercial law resources. There are pages and pages of resources at this site, in categories like: International Economic Law; International Tax & Financial Regulation; International Trade Law; Carriage Transport & Maritime Law; and much more. You'll find links to articles, treaties, legal experts, organizations, schools, government agencies, and law firms, to name a few.

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NEED ASIA-PACIFIC TARIFF INFO?
Go to APEC Tariff Database

If you are active in international trade you need to keep up to date on tariffs. One site to bookmark on this subject is the APEC Tariff Database ( http://www.apectariff.org ). This site has tariff information for 20 Asia Pacific countries, plus the United States. Just click on a country from the list and you'll be able to search the tariff code for that country. You can search by tariff chapter headings, harmonized system code, or keywords. This is a quick and efficient way to find tariff information. You must register to use this site, but there is no charge for registration.

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ANSWER EVERY QUESTION
At Martindale's The Reference Desk

Here's another oldie but goodie. Martindale's The Reference Desk ( http://www.martindalecenter.com ) has been around almost since the start of the Internet, and it just keeps getting better. This site is just a bunch of links on a blue screen, but it's got so much information you should put it on the top of your bookmark list. Just scroll down the screen and you'll see what I'm talking about. There are links to almost anything you can imagine, including: online calculators, language tutorials, science facts, photography how-tos, gardening tips, recipes, music downloads, maps, world clocks, patent & trademark databases, ship schedules, airline booking, medical dictionaries, drug databases, and I've barely scratched the surface. You'll spend hours clicking through the links at this site, I guarantee.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Trade Compliance Specialist

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 Trade Compliance Specialist for Genzyme Corporation in Cambridge or Framingham, MA. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions!

Employers - Click here to advertise your job openings on FITA's Career HQ.

Let the jobs come to you! Employers are looking for people with international skills. Post your resume TODAY and reap the rewards of the FITA Career HQ! And with a FITA Career HQ job agent, you can decide what kind of job you are looking for and let the system do the searching for you. Simply set up specific search parameters in a Job Agent, and whenever a job is posted that matches your criteria, you'll be notified automatically via email. It's that easy!

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