Wednesday, November 11, 2009 Issue 225 Volume 9 Number 22  
This issue sponsored by the The Journal of CommerceTELL A FRIEND
Our Featured Country
Country Profiles
Package and Label Your Products for Export
Your Gateway to Business Logistics on the Internet
Resources for Going Global
International Trade Officer

Hello International Traders!

This week in Really Useful Sites: explore the Philippines market, benefit from the Doing Business Country Guides of Lexmundi, visit the British government's Export Packaging resource, use the website to organize your freight.

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 Philippines is an archipelago nation of more than 7,000 islands, situated in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. With about 86 millions inhabitants, the country is the 13th most populated country in the world.

The Philippines is an emerging Asian nation, ranked as a lower middle income country by the World Bank. 60% of the exports of the country are sold to trade partners in Asia. The global crisis has hurt the economic performance of the country. After a GDP growth rate of 3.8% in 2008, the IMF forecasts only 1% growth for 2009.

Terrorism risk and a weak business infrastructure in some regions are some matters of concern. But there are many opportunities. The country is open to trade and the only obstacles are some non-tariff barriers. Also, the high skill levels, productivity and the adaptability of the workforce are major assets that should be noted by potential investors and trade partners.

The website of the Department of Trade and Industry offers extensive information about investment in and doing business in the Philippines. It is also a complete resource for Filipino exporters. will help you plan a business trip.

And don't forget the website of the U.S. Commercial Service in the Philippines. 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 Philippines Mini Portal, a feature of the FITA Web site. The Philippines Mini Portal has an overview of the Philippines, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus specific information about the economy, markets, taxes, labor market indicators, and tips on doing business in the Philippines. The Philippines 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.


Country Profiles

The “Guides to Doing Business” provided by Lexmundi, a consortium of international law firms, offer extensive resources about more than 100 major countries plus US state and Canadian provinces. They include legal topics that are often not found in other online country profiles. Click here to access the complete list of the country guides available on the website.



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Package and Label Your Products for Export

It is crucial to understand how to export packaging if you want your products to arrive at their destination without being damaged or otherwise compromised. The British government’s website show shows you how to label and package your product so that it arrives safely and conforms to regulations of both the importing and exporting countries. Among the topics covers are “Your export packaging options,” “Labelling and packaging your goods for export,” and “Factors to consider when choosing export packaging.”

As we profiled in July 2009, the International Trade Centre of the United Nations also offers extensive resources for export packaging. Take a look at their Packaging for Development website.


Your Gateway to Business Logistics on the Internet is a portal website for logistics and supply-chain professionals. On the home page, you have direct access to directories, categorized by topics: Air freight Carriers, Logistics Consultants, etc. More than using a search engine for each small need you have, you will also find a collection of useful tools: airport codes, fuel costs, world time, ISO country codes, etc. And for tips and advice, or to review the basics of logistics, read the articles written to answer basic logistics questions.


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:


International Trade Officer

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 an International Trade Officer for ITT Communications Systems in Fort Wayne, IN. 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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