Really Useful Sites For International Trade Professionals

Monday, December 10, 2001
Issue 22

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.


The Web is truly global now, and even language differences aren't the barrier they used to be. These days you can communicate with people on the Web even if you don't speak the same language. Just go to a translation site like Babel Fish at, type in the text you need translated (or the URL of a Web site), select the languages involved, and in seconds Babel Fish will convert the text for you. Another good translation site is Reverso at Now you can also get your e-mail translated into other languages. Two sites that provide this service are Mail2World at and Trans-Email at They're worth investigating if you need to send e-mail to people who speak a different language than you.


FITA and have launched a new International Buy/Sell exchange. The FITA Buy/Sell Exchange at is FITA's new business-to-business marketplace that helps your company find more business by delivering tender opportunities, RFQ's and qualified offers to buy and sell. You will have access to a global network of affiliated trade sites that work together to bring together businesses across borders. Take a look!


There are times when it's best to use a big all-purpose search engine like Google, but there are other times when you need a narrower focus. When I was looking for a tai chi teacher I could drive to, I went to the Best International Multi Search Engines Generator at and chose search engines in my state. I got a smaller list of hits, but every one was a good lead. There are search engines here for all U.S. states and every country from Albania to Zimbabwe. One caution: each search engine you select opens in a new window, so unless you want a bunch of new windows opening, limit how many you choose.


The countries that used to be part of the Soviet Union are going through rapid changes, and if you want to keep up on what's happening in this corner of the world, check out Erik Herron's Guide to Post-Communist States on the Web at Herron, a professor at the University of Kansas, has put together a useful resource for anyone interested in these countries. You just click on a region at the main page, select a country, and you'll go to a page of links to sites about that country. Herron has short descriptions of each site, plus he tells you what languages the site is published in.

For more links to this region, go to, click on "Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas" in the left column or "Search by Country or Region" in the right column, and then go to Europe and select Former Soviet Union in the pop-up window.

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.


Have you heard of the "Invisible Web"? It's a term for information in databases that isn't indexed by the major Web search engines. You have to go to these databases directly to find the information. There's a portal to these databases at Invisible-web-net at Just click on a category and you'll be amazed at what you find.

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