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  Thursday, July 22, 2010         Issue 243         Volume 10 Number 15 Read online previous issues
This Newsletter is sponsored by Global Sources
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.
• Events offered by our partner the U.S. Commercial Service and other related agencies.

This week in Really Useful Sites you will:
• Learn about doing business in Balkan Nations
• Get all the information you need about Asia/Pacific from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
• Find economic comparisons and statistics about the World’s Richest Countries
• Get up-to-date resources about doing business with China at Export-To-China
Minimize your risk when buying from China

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Also in this issue:
Featured service providers this week:
1. Global Business Solutions
2. K&L GmbH
3. China Credit Information Service

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Upcoming U.S. Commercial Service Events & Webinars:
• 6 events for Going Global

U.S. District Export Council


BALKAN STATES (Southeast Europe)
Our Featured Countries
BCTP, Balkan Regional Center for Trade Promotion

The 8 countries Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo, located on the Adriatic Sea in Southeast Europe, were, with the exception of Albania, parts of the former Yugoslavia and are together referred to as the Balkan Nations.

The term Balkan acquired a political meaning after the collapse of the Yugoslav Federation in the early 1990s, and the following series of conflicts, known as the Balkan wars. Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Macedonia proclaimed their independence in 1992, while Serbia and Montenegro split up in 2006 and Kosovo obtained its independence in 2008.

Geographically, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Turkey are also Balkan nations. However, we will profile them separately in future issues of this newsletter.

Nowadays Slovenia (which joined the European Union in 2004), Croatia and, to a lesser extent, Serbia are in many ways modern industrial societies. These three countries represent a market of 13.8 millions inhabitants and have a joint GDP of 174 billion dollars. Even though their economy has improved during the last few years, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo still remain among the poorest countries in Europe, with unexplored Business opportunities.

Balkan Nations’ trade relations are very oriented towards the European Union countries, especially Italy, Greece and Germany. Learn more about Trade in Balkans by reading the annual Balkan Trade Bulletin and looking through the website of the BCTP, Balkan Regional Center for Trade Promotion.

There are many other good online resources that will help you doing business in the Balkans. Get business news from Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, TFYR of Macedonia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo on Find government procurement opportunities in the 8 countries on

For more information about each country, visit the websites of the U.S. Commercial Service in Balkan States : Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, and Bosnia Herzegovina. The sites give extensive information about the markets through news and guides, and program several conferences, trade missions and training programs.

If that's not enough, you'll also find plenty of good research at the FITA Mini Portals of Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Albania and TFYR of Macedonia, features of the FITA Web site The FITA Mini Portal of each country 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. 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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United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

The United Nations has a regional commission for each region of the world, The largest of these commissions is the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), which has a membership of 62 Governments, 58 of which are in the region, and a geographical stretch that goes from Turkey in the west to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in the east, and from the Russian Federation in the north to New Zealand in the south Here you will be informed about how the United Nations works to improve economic development, trade and investment, transport, communications technologies, etc. Also browse also the online publications database to find interesting reports about the region.

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Buyers may avoid doing business with China suppliers because of limited ways to ensure each supplier company is legitimate. Global Sources helps buyers avoid this problem by featuring “verified” suppliers, each of which has been visited by the Global Sources team 3 times or more to ensure it’s a real exporter, not a fly-by-night operation.

You’ll find these top-quality suppliers at Global Sources Online and in the company’s free monthly e-magazines. Every issue contains product updates, news on market trends and contact details for hundreds of suppliers. You can also get in touch with suppliers directly, by clicking on their ads in the e-magazine.

Choose from the following industry-specific titles. (Click on title to download the August 2010 issue):

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

Global Sources has helped buyers make confident China sourcing decisions for 40 years, through its online directory, trade shows, research reports and magazines. Learn more about its products and services at Global Sources.

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GDP and GDP per capita world ranking

For a quick ranking of the richest nations in the world and by region, visit Compiled from institutions such as the IMF, the CIA World Fact Book, the United Nations and others, the website give a broad comparative overview of the economies and trade throughout the world. The website’s Economic Country News has interesting links to the latest developments in world economies.

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Facilitate Smooth Export to China!

Export to China is an information platform that helps international companies develop their business with China. Relying on official information channels, Export to China provides global participants in Sino-foreign trade with efficient and comprehensive one-stop information in areas such as laws and regulations, taxation and tariff, market reports, business news and much more.

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

Global Business Solutions, U.S.-based export risk mitigation and training company
K&L GmbH Germany-based compliance consulting and public relations company
China Credit Information Service China and Taiwan - based credit report and debt collection

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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:

MEDTEC China, August 25-26, Shanghai, China. Chinese medical manufacturing marketplace. Join the U.S. pavilion. Contact
U.S.-Georgia Business Summit Trade Mission, September 8-9, 2010.
Executive-Led Trade Mission to Colombia and Panama, September 20-24.
ILMAC, the Industry Exhibition for Research and Development, Environmental and Process Technology in Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals, and Biotechnology, September 21-24, 2010, Basel, Switzerland.
Executive-Led Green ICT and Energy Efficiency Trade Mission, September 27-29, Mexico City, Mexico.
5th Annual International Trade Conference - Hot Market Watch: Selling to Brazil, China & India, October 19.
Executive-Led Trade Mission to Baghdad, Iraq, October 2010

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U.S. District Export Council
Regional Public/Private Partnership for Export Promotion

The District Export Councils contribute leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service's export promotion efforts through counseling businesses on the exporting process and conducting trade education and community outreach.

The 2010 International District Export Council (DEC) Conference,"Capitalizing on America's Export Advantages: Green & Innovation", October 24-27 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. Expected to be the premier international trade event in North America this year, the Conference is expected to draw approximately 500 attendees from government and business to network, listen to high level speakers from government and business, and share ideas related to increasing U.S. exports. The program will also include a private briefing in Windsor, Canada by the Canada Border Services Agency as well as visits to the Ford Rouge Factory and the Henry Ford Museum.

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