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  Wednesday, September 17, 2008 Issue 196 Volume 8 Number 19  
This issue sponsored by the Kompass B-to-B Directory

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• SAUDI ARABIA
Our Featured Country
• TRADE FINANCE GUIDE
Learn About Trade Finance Options
• ALL ABOUT TRADE SHOWS AT EXHIBITOR ONLINE
Trade Show Resources
• USE ASK KIDS FOR SAFE SEARCHING
Internet Safety for Children
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Global Compliance Officer

Hello International Traders!

It's John McDonnell again, with more sites to help you get an edge on your competitors in the area of global trade.

Saudi Arabia has made billions in the surge of oil prices, and it's got money to spend on trade. I have a site in this issue that will help you research this booming market. Plus, I found a free book that has an excellent guide to international trade finance. If you exhibit at trade shows or events, I found a site that will help you with all your trade show needs. Finally, I found a search engine that is completely safe for your kids to use -- and it's fun!

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.

SAUDI ARABIA
Our Featured Country

The surge in oil prices in recent years has been a headache for many countries, but a boon to oil producers like Saudi Arabia. The desert kingdom is awash in oil revenues, to the point where it had a surplus of US $47 billion in 2007, and that was actually a drop of 62 percent from the year before. The government is using this extra money for a building spree, creating seven new economic cities from scratch. There are opportunities aplenty in Saudi Arabia for trade, and if you would like to research them a good site to visit is SAMIRAD, the Saudi Arabian Market Information Resource Directory (http://www.saudinf.com). This government site has Saudi Arabian history, news, statistics, industry profiles, cultural information, business directories, travel links, contacts, maps, a message board, and lots of useful links.

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

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 Saudi Arabia 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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TRADE FINANCE GUIDE
Learn About Trade Finance Options

Success in international trade involves more than just having a great product to sell: you must also have a good working knowledge of letters of credit, documentation, credit financing, and similar topics. You'll find a great resource for this at the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Finance Guide (http://www.ita.doc.gov/media/Publications/abstract/trade_finance_guide2008desc.html ). The book, which is full of useful information for small and medium- sized companies, can be downloaded for free as a PDF file. The chapters include: Methods Of Payment In International Trade; Letters Of Credit; Export Credit Insurance; Export Factoring; Foreign Exchange Risk Management; and more. The guide was written for U.S. exporters, but there is useful information in it for everyone.

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ALL ABOUT TRADE SHOWS AT EXHIBITOR ONLINE
Trade Show Resources

Trade shows and exhibitions are vital tools for making contacts and selling your goods overseas. There are lots of trade show databases on the Web, but ExhibitorOnline ( http://www.exhibitoronline.com ) has one of the largest. You can search their database by event name, industry, time, and location, and you'll get a list of upcoming trade show events with some of the important details. For more in-depth information you need to have a subscription. This site has lots of information about trade shows and exhibitions, and if you browse a while you'll find articles, tips, quizzes, a buyer's guide, a comprehensive listing of trade show resources, classified ads, a listing of suppliers, and much more.

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USE ASK KIDS FOR SAFE SEARCHING
Internet Safety for Children

As a parent of four children, I'm concerned about their safety on the Internet. The major search engines like Google and Yahoo have Safe Search filters to screen out objectionable content, but you can never be sure that something won't slip through. That's why I like Ask Kids (http://www.askkids.com ), which is a search engine designed for children from age 6 to 12. It has a kid-friendly design, and offers age-appropriate search results. Children can find lots of help for their homework here (under the "Schoolhouse" category), and there are plenty of tools for finding images, movies, games, and videos that are appropriate for kids. This is one site I'm going to bookmark on my childrens' computer!

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Global Compliance Officer

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 the Global Compliance Officer for Entegris, Inc. in Billerica, MA. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions!

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