Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Issue 222 Volume 9 Number 19  
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Our Featured Country
Database of Transportation and Logistics Useful Links
Organizations for American Expats
Get the Latest Trade News
Resources for Going Global
International Sales Specialist

Hello International Traders!

This week in Really Useful Sites: explore the Colombian market, find some useful websites to manage your freight on Freightworld, enter the community of Americans Resident Overseas and get informed at FITA's Realtime International Trade Newsfeeds.

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.

Our Featured Country

Colombia, with 45 million inhabitants, has the second largest population in South America. It is also the fourth largest in area on the continent. Bogota, the capital city, has 7.7 million inhabitants. Colombia is also among the top 30 of the richest economies of the world in terms of GDP in Purchasing Power Parity.

Colombian industry is well developed. Services account for 54% of GDP and 59% of employment. Colombia is the 3rd largest coffee producer in the world. Oil and Coal are also among its main export products. The main trade partners of the country are in the Americas, the USA being the largest import and export partner.

Low grade infrastructure due to difficult mountainous geography and poverty limit the development of a local market. The government is working to reverse this by offering many investment incentives and stimulating household consumption. Unfortunately drug trafficking and a guerrilla insurgency still stand in the way of security and economic development. Since 2000, the U.S. has spent more than $6 billion in mostly military and anti-narcotics aid.

In 2006 the U.S. and Colombia signed a free trade agreement. Colombia's Congress approved the agreement 2007 and Colombia's Constitutional Court completed its review in July 2008, and concluded that the Agreement conforms to Colombia's Constitution. President Obama has asked the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to address some outstanding issues surrounding the agreement before sending it to the Senate for ratification. Keep up to date on progress with the agreement on the US Trade Representative website.

You will find opportunities for outsourcing and investing and learn about the country at Proexport, the website of the Colombian trade promotion agency. Colombia Trade News offers an in-depth look at trade between the U.S. and Colombia. The website of the Colombian Embassy in Washington offers news and economic reports.

And don't forget the website of the U.S. Commercial Service in Colombia. The site gives extensive information about the markets and business culture there. If that's not enough, you'll also find plenty of good research at the Colombia Mini Portal, a feature of the FITA Web site. The Colombia Mini Portal has an overview of Colombia, 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 Colombia.

The Colombia 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" on the FITA home page.


Database of Transportation and Logistics Useful Links

Looking for the website of a port, an airport or an airline? Need to find a warehouse or a freight forwarder? Want to get industry news and logistics information? Visit Freightworld and help yourself!



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Organizations for American Expats

If you are you an American expat or you need to contact Americans living overseas, visit the website of the Association of American Resident Overseas. Find out how big the American community is in the country you are focused on and learn about tax issues, voting, Social Security and much more.


Get the Latest Trade News

Find the latest news about international trade on FITA’s website. These newsfeeds, with links to the sources, change in real time and will keep you up to date on the latest international trade developments worldwide.


Resources for Going Global

The U.S. Commercial Service, a division of the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, sponsors and participates in many events and webinars that help U.S. exporters sell overseas and help overseas buyers learn about U.S. exports. The Commercial Service has a searchable database of these events worldwide at Below are some upcoming events:

  • Global Competitiveness and the Impact on U.S. Exports, November 3-5 in Washington, DC. The annual District Export Council conference. An opportunity to discuss current topics in exporting and network with members of Congress and the new Obama adminstration trade officials and U.S. Commercial Service staff. Open to all trade professionals.
  • Webinar Series: "A Basic Guide to Exporting", a series of seminars through December. Based on the popular Department of Commerce Book "A Basic Guide to Exporting,”
  • Exports Live!, 8 CITY SEMINAR TOUR: Learn how local businesses successfully grew their sales with government solutions. This unique trade event is specially designed for small and medium-sized businesses wanting to start or grow their international sales
  • 2009 U.S. - China Legal Exchange, October 16 in New York City. Presentations by Chinese officials and local legal experts on China’s amendments to the patent law (1/2 day) and China’s draft telecommunications law
  • Dueling Tigers: Mega Markets of China and India, October 15 in Miami, FL. A seminar about two of the world’s fastest growing economies and the opportunities that exist for U.S. businesses.
  • Selling to the Middle East & North Africa, October 22 in Cincinnati, OH. The 4th Annual International Trade Conference in Cincinnati will feature executives from Procter and Gamble and FEDEX. as well as Commerical Service and other U.S. government officials.
  • ExporTech – “Doing Business in the Americas,” December 3-4, Atlantic City, NJ and December 7-8 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. A two-day, intensive education program designed to jump start your export growth in Latin America and other foreign markets.


International Sales Specialist

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