Wednesday, October 14, 2009 Issue 223 Volume 9 Number 20  
This issue sponsored by the DEC Conference TELL A FRIEND
Our Featured Country
A Directory for RSS Feeds
The European Public Procurement Platform
A Patent Database
Resources for Going Global
Overseas Job Opportunities

Hello International Traders!

This week in Really Useful Sites: explore the Netherlands’ market, find the RSS feeds you need to stay informed on RSS Micro, receive European public procurement opporutnities using Tenders Europe Daily and browse the database of Free Patent Online.

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

The Netherlands is a small European country with 16 millions inhabitants. Since it is situated on the North Sea, sea and coastal transport are central to the country’s economy. The Netherland’s main port, Rotterdam is the largest in Europe and one of the most important in the world.

The Netherlands is highly dependent on foreign trade. Because of the world slow-down, the IMF forecasts a GDP growth rate of -3% for 2009. Nevertheless unemployment is structurally low and will increase less than elsewhere in the European Union. As a consequence, household consumption will continue to sustain the market.

The Netherlands is world's second largest exporter of agricultural products. The manufacturing sector makes up 13.9 percent of GDP and the services sector is comparatively large. Financial services are performing relatively well and the information technology industry is innovative has a large number of competitive software developers. Product exports are mostly electrical machinery, mineral fuels, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The USA is the 5th export and 4th import partner of the country.

Foreign investors will find superior logistics and technology infrastructures and a highly educated, multilingual and flexible workforce. Since January 2007 the Dutch tax environment for international companies has become even more attractive. The website of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency offers extensive information about investing in the country, including links to its offices in the U.S.

Holland Trade is the official website of the Agency for International Business and Cooperation (EVD), the trade promotion agency of the Dutch government. The site offers extensive information about doing business in the Netherlands, as well as a “Directory for conducting business with Dutch Companies,” an extensive directory of Dutch companies involved in international business.

And the website of the U.S. Commercial Service in the Netherlands offers extensive information about the markets and business culture there.

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


A Directory for RSS Feeds

You don’t need to browse the internet any more for news and information. Get alerts delivered to you! Nowadays, most websites (even those of your competitors) display RSS feeds. The feeds allow you to receive fresh news and relevant comments delivered to your browser or email program. The website RSSMICRO is a directory of thousands of RSS feeds in most subjects. For example, click on this RSSMICRO link and you will find the latest international trade news, blog postings and other similar content available using RSS


2009 DEC Conference

Meet exporters from all over the U.S.!
Talk to your lawmakers about trade issues!
Meet U.S. Commercial Services staff from offices around the world!
Meet new Obama Administration trade officials!

Come to the 2009 National District Export Council Conference "Global Competitiveness and the Impact on U.S. Exports”

Location: U.S. Department of Commerce Headquarters Building
Washington, DC
Dates: November 3-5, 2009

Reserve your conference space today. Visit to register and view the conference agenda and hotel information.

Conference Highlights:

  • Sessions on important issues in international business
  • Keynotes by U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and his trade promotion team Plenary sessions by Industry and Federal trade experts
  • One-on-one meetings with Foreign Service Officers

Networking opportunities:

  • Exporters from across the U.S.
  • DEC members from across United States
  • New Obama Administration trade officials
  • Congressional Members and their staff
  • U.S. Commercial Service leadership

Go to today!


The European Public Procurement Platform

Are you looking for opportunities selling to European Union governments? TED (Tenders Electronic Daily) is the online version of the 'Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union', dedicated to European public procurement. Personalize your search, get e-mail addresses! Registration is free. And note that the EU uses its own product classification system, called the Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV). The website Euroalert has a full explanation of the codes and their use. And you can get it using RSS!.


A Patent Database

Searching for patents is crucial if you need to keep up to date on the innovations of a competitor, find a specialist in a research field or build your knowledgebase for a specific technology. FreePatentsOnline is a search engine of existing patents. You can use it to browse by keyword, by patenting companies or by most patent topics.


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:


Overseas Job Opportunities

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 from the search firm Petersen Global Associates for people with the ability to do business in native languages of places such as Africa, the Middle East, Central Europe and Asia.. 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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