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  Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Issue 211 Volume 9 Number 8  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• INDONESIA
Our Featured Country
• INTERNATIONAL UNION OF COMMERCIAL AGENTS AND BROKERS (IUCAB)
Your Future Sales Force
• EMARKETER
The Coach for eBusiness
• EYE FOR TRANSPORT
Supply Chain News Watch
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS
Export Compliance Specialist

Hello International Traders!

China is on everybody's mind when thinking about trade. But other Asian economies are also competitive for outsourcing and attractive export and investment opportunities. Have a look at the Indonesian National Agency for Export Development’s website. Once you have your products sourced you need to build a sales force you can trust. Take a look at the International Union of Commercial Agents and Brokers network to recruit your commercial agents. Do you also need to market your products online? With few clicks eMarketer will keep you up to date on the latest online marketing trends. And once you’ve made the sale, you need to keep up with the latest transport news. Eye on Transport informs you about what’s new in the field of logistics and transportation.

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.

INDONESIA
Our Featured Country

Indonesia is the world's 4th largest nation in terms of population and the largest economy in Southeast Asia. As a significant emerging market it offers many opportunities for outsourcing, product sales and investment.

Do you want to source from Indonesia but you don’t know where to start? Visit the National Agency for Export Development’s website to get some tips. Here you will find out about interesting sourcing opportunities in traditional industries such as textiles, footwear and electronics as well as auto parts, cocoa, coffee, palm oil, essential oils, jewelry, processed food, medical instruments and appliances

Indonesia’s import trade policy is quite liberal. As a WTO member, the government makes efforts to lower Customs duties, as well as reduce non-tariff barriers. Check out the US Commercial Service’s Country Commercial Guide for Indonesia for more information about import regulations and opportunities in Indonesia.

There are also many investment opportunities in Indonesia. The Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board and the World Bank’s FDI.net provide resources for researching FDI. Interesting sectors include chemicals and pharmaceuticals, paper and printing, transportation, storage, communication, food and construction. Perhaps the best potential can be found in infrastructure investment. There are fears of corruption and the lack of transparency. But the government is making major reforms that are improving the attractiveness of the country.

If that's not enough, you'll also find plenty of good research at the Indonesia Mini Portal, a feature of the FITA Web site. The Indonesia Mini Portal has an overview of Indonesia, 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 Indonesia. 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 Indonesia 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.

For more information about Indonesia contact the Indonesian Trade & Promotion Center in Los Angeles. And the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and the US-ASEAN Business Council are FITA member associations. Their websites offer more resources about doing business with Indonesia.

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INTERNATIONAL UNION OF COMMERCIAL AGENTS AND BROKERS (IUCAB)
Your Future Sales Force

Commercial agency firms are independent professional providers of field sales and marketing services to manufacturers or suppliers. Are you aware that there are 470,000 commercial agents in Europe, North and South America? Do you want to know who they are? Visit the website of the International Union of Commercial Agents and Brokers (IUCAB). The membership of IUCAB consists of 20 national associations of independent commercial agents and brokers throughout the European Union, North and South America. Members must adhere to IUCAB’s ethics code. In total, the members of these organizations generate revenues of more than $2.4 billion throughout their covered areas.

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EMARKETER
The Coach for eBusiness

Perhaps you want to sell without a sales force. You believe in direct-marketing but you don’t really understand the growth and impact of the Internet. eMarketer is "the first place to look" for market research and trend analysis on Internet, e-business, online marketing, media and emerging technologies. eMarketer aggregates proprietary surveys, borrowed research results and reports from a large number of sources.

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EYE FOR TRANSPORT
Supply Chain News Watch

Need to know about trends in supply chain operations? For news on logistics and transportation use Eyefortransport. Established in 1998, Eyefortransport has become the world's leading provider of logistics and transportation information and services. Through its network of more than 100 journalists, editors and consultants around the world, it covers every important news story and background on new trends in the field in all major world regions. Also take a look at its industry trend reports and its directory of supply chain services database.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS
Export 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 this week is a listing for a Export Compliance Specialist for Universal Avionics Systems Corporation in Tuscon, AZ. 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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