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 Wednesday, March 17, 2010    Issue 234     Volume 10 Number 6
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Hello International Traders!

This week in Really Useful Sites:

Egypt is our featured country. Explore the website of the Egyptian International Trade Point to build your business in the country.
• If you are looking for some data, have a look at the statistical directory of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
• Get informed about Corporate Social Responsibility in the world on Business Respect.
• Get a quote for your next shipment quickly on

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.

Also in this issue
FITA Career Headquarters
Export Compliance Administrator
U.S. Commercial Service Events and Webinars
Resources for Going Global

Our Featured Country

Situated at the extreme north-eastern corner of the African continent, Egypt is an entry point to the Middle East and Africa. Because it owns the Suez Canal, Egypt administers all access between the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean, and thus most sea traffic between Europe and the Middle East, East Africa and Asia. 95% of Egypt's population is concentrated in the Nile river valley and delta, as most of the rest of the country is desert.

In 2008, imports of manufactured goods, machinery and transport equipment increased and accounted for around 45% of total imports. Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials accounted for 44% of Egypt's exports in 2008. Top partners for exports in 2008 were Italy, India and the Netherlands. The “cradle of civilization” for centuries, Egypt has a large number of historic monuments and offers many sightseeing attractions. Tourism is therefore an important source of revenue for the country.

Egypt’s weak infrastructure can be an obstacle to trade. But the market has the advantage of being large (76 million inhabitants), homogeneous (more than 99% of the population is of Egyptian origin) and fast-growing. Egypt has high demand for new products and equipment, especially in information technology. But because of the weak purchasing power of the population, only the elite can afford higher-range consumer products.

To learn about doing business with Egypt, visit the Egyptian International Trade Point. The website provides directories, statistics, an online marketplace, a schedule of trade fairs and more. And don't forget the website of the U.S. Commercial Service in Egypt. The site gives extensive information about the markets through news and guides, and programs a lot of conferences, trade missions and training. You’ll also find plenty of good research at the Egypt Mini Portal, a feature of the FITA Web site. The Egypt Mini Portal has an overview of the country, 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 Egypt.

The Egypt 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.

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Database of Integrated Statistical Activities (DISA)
Your Statistics Directory

There are so many databases of economic and social indicators on the internet that it is often hard to find the best one when your need it. The Statistical Directory of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is the place to go to find out which database you need when looking for statistics from any of its 56 member countries. It lists the activities of over 30 statistical organizations active in the UNECE region, including economic and social and demographic statistics. And you can find many of the actual statistics at the UNECE Statistical Database.

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Business Respect
Socially Responsible Business

The aim of this website is to promote Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It lists international CSR events, news, jobs and resources that help to manage and understand how to behave responsibly in international business.

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Get a Quote and Ship

Are you ready to make a shipment? Need a freight quote? Register at and find what you need. Depending on the destination, you can immediately get an online comparison of several rate quotes provided by several carriers, or receive a reply by email in few hours. Contact information for each carrier offering quotes is provided.

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FITA Career Headquarters
Export Compliance Administrator

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 Export Compliance Administrator at Universal Avionics Systems Corporation in Tucson, 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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U.S. Commercial Service Events and Webinars
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:

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