Really Useful Sites For International Trade Professionals

Monday, March 5, 2001 Issue 2   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 2  

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.


Small and medium-sized U.S. firms that would like to export their products will find a valuable resource in Export Process Assistant, or ExPA at ExPA, created by Ohio State University, has an easy-to-use tutorial that will guide you to sources of information on overseas markets, trade data, trade leads, and free governmental assistance available to exporters. You'll also find links to business and legal practices reports for various countries, economic policy reports, geographic information and maps, demographic data, best markets reports, industry specific reports, and more. One part I think is particularly useful is the Company Self-Assesment. By answering the questions on this page, you'll get a clear idea of whether your company is ready to start exporting. There's also a step-by-step demonstration of how to research a foreign market, using Malaysia as an example.


There are lots of options for shipping packages these days, and if you want to choose the best one, go to InterShipper at This site lets you to enter the size or weight specifications of a package and analyze all your shipping options and guaranteed delivery times and costs. It will help you choose the best rate, call for a pickup or locate a drop-off location, track shipments automatically, and notify you or the recipient when the package is delivered, or if it's delayed.

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.


One of the first steps toward exporting your products is researching new markets, and the good news is there are lots of places on the Web where you can do that. One of my favorites is the Market Research page at Strategis at Strategis is a Canadian government site that promotes trade, and this page is particularly useful. Just click on the region and country you're interested in, and you'll get a list of links to detailed reports about that country, many from U.S. government sources like the CIA World Factbook and STAT-USA.


To do business successfully with other countries you need more than just good products and the skill to sell them. You also need to be sensitive to business etiquette, the customs and traditions that are observed by businesses in each country. International Addresses and Salutations at will help you with that. It's a page with examples of the correct forms of postal addressing for various countries, along with brief explanations of how to address men and women in business. Here you'll find that women in business in Italy are addressed as Signora, and that in Japan a person's given name is normally not used in business, to give two examples.

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