for International Trade Professionals
  Wednesday, April 14, 2010         Issue 236         Volume 10 Number 8 Read previous issues online
This Newsletter is sponsored by Global Sources Online 

Dear International Traders,

For 9 years this newsletter has been bringing you descriptions of useful websites for international trade.

We are now expanding our activities and from now on will offer not only useful websites, but also 3 new services:
Useful service providers to help you sort out your overseas operations, taken from, our new, soon-to-be-released "Knowledge Resource" and database of qualified service providers for international trade.
Jobs from FITA’s Career Headquarters
• Events offered by our partner the U.S. Commercial Service.

This week in Really Useful Sites you will:
• Explore the Argentina market
• Access patent worldwide patent registrations at SumoBrain
• Learn to use your Smart Phone for instant cross-cultural assistance at CultureGPS
• Find resources for U.S. trade laws and regulations at the Trade Compliance Institute
• Source over 4.5 million products from verified China suppliers


The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security and FITA are pleased to present an Export Administration Regulations seminar on “Technology Controls and Deemed Exports” in Arlington, Virginia. Click here to learn more.

Also in this issue:
Featured service providers this week:
1. Asia Marketing and Management, U.S.
2. Law Firm Associate Castellone, Italy
3. BRAL Limited, UK Accountants

If you are a service provider:

Join and be featured as an expert
Use ID and KEY: FITA / 1234
Featured job this week:
Manager, Global Logistics for Talbots

If you are an employer:

Post Your Job Openings
Upcoming U.S. Commercial Service Events & Webinars:

6 events for Going Global

BIS and FITA present “Technology Controls and Deemed Exports”

May 12-13, 2010, Arlington, VA


Our Featured Country

Argentina is located in the extreme southern part of the South American continent. Its territory ranges from fertile plains around Buenos Aires to the Antarctic (although there is some dispute about the country’s Antarctica claims). The diversity of the landscape attracts tourism and the difference of climate types favors agricultural diversification.

Traditionally exports from the country have been mostly agricultural (wheat, soybean, wine, livestock, etc.). Even industrial exports and industries are mostly agriculture-related: Food processing, food conditioning and leather tanning industries are among the most developed. Nevertheless, new high-tech industries and services are slowly emerging and there are opportunities for overseas investors in high tech R&D. For more information, visit ProsperAr, Invest in Argentina’s website.

Because of consumption patterns, entering the Argentinean market can be difficult. Consumers prefer domestic to imported products and try to have their home appliances or machinery repaired rather than replaced. But with a total population of more than 41 million inhabitants, Argentina is one of the biggest markets in Latin America. The Mercosur region countries Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay as well as Mercosur associate members Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela are Argentina’s main trade partners.

The Argentine Foreign Ministry maintains Argentina Trade Net, which offers a directory of exporters and a schedule of trade shows. And the executive government offices maintain a list of directories (Spanish only) of banks and other enterprises useful in international trade.

The website Fundacion Investir is a guide to investing in Argentina. It offers economic data and other useful information that will guide your transactions in the country. And don't forget also the website of the U.S. Commercial Service in Argentina. The site gives extensive information about the markets through News and Guides, and programs many conferences, trade missions and training events.

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

The Argentina 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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Free Patent Alerts

Last October we featured the website Free Patents Online, which offers free access to the texts of U.S. patents. Now the same company has launched SumoBrain, which offers many methods of searching U.S., European (PT), Japanese and patent applications submitted through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Although SumoBrain relies, in part, on the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) PatentScope, it offers many more innovative search tools for patent searches. For example, on the Home Page, you will find a list of Popular Patent Topics that will point you rapidly to the items that may interest you: Butter, Pivots, Needling machine, etc. And you can save your searches or register to receive alerts about new patents as soon as they are granted.

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Source over 4.5 million products from verified China suppliers

At Global Sources Online you'll find thousands of hot products and new suppliers – fast. Get your competitive edge with verified, top quality manufacturers from China and Asia.

Contact verified suppliers from 14 industries directly:

    1. Auto Parts & Accessories   8. Gifts & Premiums
    2. Baby & Children's Products 9. Hardware & DIY
    3. Computer Products 10. Home Products
    4. Electronics 11. Security Products
    5. Electronic Components 12. Sports & Leisure
    6. Electronic Components 13. Telecom Products
    7. Garments & Textiles 14. Machinery & Industrial

Global Sources Online boasts over 4.5 million products across thousands of product categories. You’ll source more confidently also, since the “verified” suppliers on the site have all been visited at least 3 times each in order to ensure they are real exporters, with real products and real offices.

You’ll also want to sign up for Global Sources’ Product Alert and get FREE e-mail notifications about new products and suppliers as soon as they’re posted at Global Sources Online.

Visit Global Sources Online to learn more about their extensive products and services – including how to contact suppliers directly.

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Navigate Intercultural Differences on your iPhone

CultureGPS is a tool for iPhone and iPod Touch that offers a “Global Positioning System” for the cultural context of countries around the world. Because consumption habits vary from one country to another, and because the way people work together is influenced by their nationalities, this application can be really useful when, for example, you are in an overseas business meeting and you have to verify a marketing strategy or understand the behavior of a business partner.

The methodology is based on data collected by IBM between 1967 and 1973, upgraded and extended in 2001 by Prof. Geert Hofstede. Visit the website Itim International for more information.

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Make Sure You Are Compliant!

Are you compliant with U.S. trade laws and regulations? Do you fear going global because of all the laws and possible penalties? The International Trade Compliance Institute, a grant-funded initiative of the El Camino College Center for International Trade Development (CITD) in Hawthorne, California, can help you! First: the website contains a glossary, where terms and definitions are directly linked to the website of the regulating organization. Second: the Institute’s Events Calendar lists training programs that will help guide you through the compliance process. The website also offers a database of useful compliance and other trade information resources available on the internet, including economics data, news, logistics, etc.

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Service Providers who will be Listed in the Directory of International Trade Service Providers

  • Asia Marketing & Management. Coaches U.S. firms and mentors executives, managers, and professionals in marketing American-made products and services to China and Asia.
  • Castellone Law Firm Associates. Specializes in providing support services and advisory services to Italian companies that want to undertake activities abroad or foreign companies wishing to do business in Italy.
  • BRAL Limited, UK AccountantsA multi-lingual, leading provider of outsource accounting services to UK owner managed businesses and overseas owned companies setting up outside their home territories.

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Manager, Global Logistics

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 a Manager of Global Logistics at Talbots Import, LLC. in Hingham, MA 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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Technology Controls & Deemed Exports

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security and FITA are pleased to present an Export Administration Regulations seminar on “Technology Controls and Deemed Exports”
1 ½ day program, May 12-13, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. Click here to learn more.

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:

EuroTrade Forum at the MEP National Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2-5. U.S. Commercial Service specialists will be available to assist you, your clients, and other invited manufacturers with exporting products and services to Europe.
ANESA Conference - Minneapolis, MN. May 11-12. Learn about opportunities in Africa, Near East and South Asia. U.S. Commercial Service specialists from these regions will be available to assist you.
Baker & McKenzie International Export Webinar Series - February - May, 2010. Four hour and a half webinar programs for companies involved in international trade.
“SMART" Companies Innovate - April 19, Beltsville, MD. Learn how your company can improve its environmental performance while lower its operating costs through sustainable manufacturing practices.
Leveraging Your Website to Increase International Sales - Webinar, April 27. A seminar about using your website for finding, keeping and selling to new international customers.
Haiti Reconstruction Seminar - Accessing Opportunities, New York City, May 10. A seminar for companies interested in learning about accessing the medium to long-term reconstruction opportunities in Haiti.

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