for International Trade Professionals
  Thursday April 29, 2010         Issue 237         Volume 10 Number 9 Read previous issues online
This Newsletter is sponsored by Commercial News USA 

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 and other related agencies.

This week in Really Useful Sites you will:
• Explore the Hong Kong market
• Manage your supply chain with SupplyChainBrain
• Learn about opportunities in Africa at TradeInvest Africa
• Find worldwide statistics and energy country profiles from the U.S. Energy Information Administration
• Attend seminars and events in celebration of World Trade Week
• Advertise your U.S. export products in Commercial News USA


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. Healy Consultants, Singapore
2. Jakarta Patent Consulting, Indonesia
3. Duggan International, Canada

If you are a service provider:

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

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

World Trade Week

May 2010, New York City, Los Angeles, Miami and Western Michigan


Our Featured Country

Hong Kong, a British colony from 1842 until 1997, is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Situated on the southeast coast of the country, Hong Kong runs its own economic and political systems independently from the People’s Republic. The territory is relatively small (1,104 km2 -426 sq mi), although its population is more than 7 million inhabitants (more than 6,000 thousand people per square kilometer – the fourth largest population density in the world after Macau, Monaco and Singapore).

Hong Kong’s main economic activities are financial services, shipping, trade and consumer retail sales. There is some agriculture in the New Territories and island regions, but most food is imported from mainland China and other countries.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council is the best resource for finding business partners in the region. Established in 1966, it is the global marketing arm for Hong Kong-based manufacturers, traders and service providers. Its activities are mostly targeted at SMEs. They include:

  • The  website, an online sourcing platform that connects over 120,000 credible suppliers in Hong Kong, China and elsewhere in Asia, verified by authentication companies
  • More than 30 annual trade fairs
  • Extensive market research reports on Asian and worldwide markets.
  • Hong Kong Trader, a weekly email newsletter that offers business information for SMEs focused on Hong Kong and the mainland Chinese markets.

The Hong Kong government offers several websites that will help you do business in the Region:

  • The Business and Trade pages have information about business regulations, setting up a business, licensing, tariffs,  registrations, public procurement and much more.
  • The Hong Kong Trade and Industry Department is responsible for conducting Hong Kong's international trade relations, implementing trade policies and agreements, as well as providing general support services for industries and SMEs. Its website offers trade statistics, trade regulations, trade policy information and most other official data regarding trade in Hong Kong.
  • InvestHK is the website of the department for Foreign Direct Investment, which supports overseas businesses to set up and expand in Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices in the United States offer local advice or assistance with business in Hong Kong, contact the. Offices are located in New York , Washington and San Francisco. These offices also serve as local representatives of InvestHK and as consular offices for the Region, including help with visas and immigration.

And don't forget the website of the U.S. Commercial Service in Hong Kong. The site gives extensive information about the market 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 of Hong Kong, 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 Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Mini Portal is one of many research gateways at the FITA site. To find Mini Portals for other countries, just click on "Country Profiles" from within a Mini Portal, or at the FITA home page.

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Manage Your Supply Chain

Are you a supply chain management executive? This website is dedicated to you. Publish by Keller International Publishing LLC, SupplyChainBrain is a comprehensive information resource. It has the latest supply chain management news and covers all fundamental supply chain principles, identifies emerging trends, strategies, best practices, latest innovations, etc. It will help you to manage risks, to align the supply chain with corporate planning, to achieve competitive advantage and to balance customer demands with the need to control costs.

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Trade and Investment Opportunities in Africa

The African continent offers many business opportunities well known by big enterprises but often underserved by SMEs. TradeInvestAfrica can help you access African markets. TradeInvestAfrica is an online portal offering investors and business people free access to tenders, industry news, investment and business opportunities. All African countries are listed, but specifics gateways to South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya are offered with many more resources. And you can also search by industry sector.

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Energy Country Profiles and Statistics

For complete information about energy around the world, visit this online platform developed by the US Energy Information Administration. All types of energy are covered, from oil production, to biofuels consumption, CO2 emissions, natural gas prices and others. Browse the country profiles and access the energy statistics database.

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

  • Healy Consultants. Assists international clients with offshore company incorporation and corporate advisory services in Asia.
  • Jakarta Patent Consulting. Specializes in intellectual property protection services in Indonesia.
  • Duggan International, a Canadain consulting compnay that helps clients access new international markets and implement international programs. .

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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 Senior Manager, Global Delivery Logistics at Converse in North Andover, 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.
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.
Understanding U.S. Export Controls, Stamford, CT May 11. A seminar for small and medium sized companies thinking about how export controls affect their business.
A Basic Guide to Exporting; Resources you should know, Webinar May 12. Find out about free and low-cost export assistance available for small and midsize companies.
Leveraging Your Website to Increase International Sales, Boston, MA June 9-10. Learn about simple tools and best practices to make your company's website work for you in attracting foreign buyers, distributors, and customers

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Learn, Network and Enjoy!
New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Western Michigan World Trade Week Events

New York World Trade Week
Los Angeles World Trade Week
Miami World Trade Week
Western Michgan World Trade Week

Since 1933 World Trade Week has been an annual celebration of international trade. Locally organized and supported by the U.S. Commmerical Service, local District Export Councils, local chambers of Commerce, local universities, World Trade Centers and other associations and institutions, World Trade Week is a unique opportunity to attend seminars and networking events. Get involved!!

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