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  Thursday, August 05, 2010         Issue 244         Volume 10 Number 16 Read previous issues online
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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 we will:

• Learn about doing business in Israel
• Find out how to sell to government in Europe at
• Get up to date information about worldwide bankruptcy practices at INSOLvency
• Find definistions for all things maritime in the Glossary of Maritime Law Terms

Click here to read this issue on our website

Also in this issue:
Featured service providers this week:
1. Pacific Business Intelligence Ltd.
2. Caltruth Ventures Limited
3. Jonathan Mesiano-Crookston

If you are a service provider:

Join and be featured as an expert
Use ID and KEY: FITA / 1234
Featured job this week:
• Export Control Officer

If you are Employer:

Post Your Job Openings
Upcoming U.S. Commercial Service Events & Webinars:
• 9 events for Going Global

U.S. District Export Council


Our Featured Country

Israel benefits from a strategic location on the Mediterranean Sea, making it a hub for the transit of various products in the region and in the world. The recent expansion of the Haifa, Ashdod and Eilat ports have enhanced these capabilities.

The Israeli economy is services-oriented, with the sector employing more than 75% of the population and contributing to 65% of GDP. Science and technology and high technology industries are the most developed, representing about 40% of the GDP. Israel invests the most in R&D in the world (4.8% of the GDP) according to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics and the Israeli Economic Mission to the U.S. Industry contributes to approximately a quarter of the Israeli GDP. Main industries are diamond cutting, textile and pharmaceutical sector.

The United States and Israel are linked by a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) since 1985, under which all custom duties have been eliminated.

The Israeli government provides many investment incentives in the fields of the tourism industry, employment, international trading company, the building of dwellings for rental, Research and Development (R&D) and training programs to support small businesses. For more information, consult Invest in Israel Website. And if you want to spend time doing business in Israel, take a look at "Doing Business in Israel," a guide produced by a leading Israeli-American communications firm.

For more information, visit the website of the Embassy of Israel in the United States. And the website of the U.S. Commercial Service in Israel has extensive information about the market, with news, business guides and the Commercial Service programs conferences, trade missions and training. If that's not enough, you'll also find plenty of good research at the FITA Mini Portal of Israel 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 Israel.
The Israel 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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Government Procurement in European Union Countries

Finding European government tenders (government procurement opportunities) and understanding their requirements is not easy if you do it on your own., a service partly funded by the European Commission, will get you through the process. The site offers answers to your questions, and Public Procurement Country Profiles that detail regulations and processes for each country. And they offer direct personal advice through their assistance service.

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Directory for International Insolvency and Restructuring Law

GLOBAL INSOLvency is a joint project of the American Bankruptcy Institute and INSOL International. It serves as a comprehensive source of information both on current issues in international insolvency and restructuring law and on the legal framework for insolvency and restructuring around the world. The site features daily news and provides a directory of associations of insolvency and restructuring professionals.

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Glossary of Maritime Law Terms

Do you know what "Plimsoll line," "Supplemental Rules," or "Flotilla principles" are? Visit the Glossary of Maritime Law Terms and these terms will no longer be a mystery to you!

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

Pacific Business Intelligence Ltd., a Canadian international marketing consultancy
Caltruth Ventures Limited, a Nigerian global logistics service provider
Jonathan Mesiano-Crookston, a Canadian law firm specializing in intellectual property issues

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Export Control 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 Export Control 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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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:

U.S.-Georgia Business Summit Trade Mission, September 8-9, 2010.
Export Controls: Awareness and Application, September 8-9, Redmond, WA.
Measuring and Enhancing Services Trade Data and Information Conference, September 14, Washington, DC.
Executive-Led Trade Mission to Colombia and Panama, September 20-24.
Executive-Led Green ICT and Energy Efficiency Trade Mission, September 27-29, Mexico City, Mexico
U.S. Pavilion at Green Expo, September 28-30, Mexico City, Mexico.

5th Annual International Trade Conference - Hot Market Watch: Selling to Brazil, China and India, October 19, Cincinnati, OH.
Incoterms® for Americans, October 28, 2010, Pittsburgh, PA
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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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.

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