for international trade professionals
  Thursday, August 19, 2010         Issue 245         Volume 10 Number 17 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:

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 Uzbekistan
• Get the best information and deals when you travel in China
• Get up to date information about maritime laws and legal decisions at Comite Maritime International
• Find out about food market in countries vulnerable to famine at the Famine Early Warning Systems Network
• Attend the ITAR Bootcamp

Also in this issue:
Featured service providers this week:
1. Lekow Associated Services Limited
2. The Guinn Consultancy Group, Inc.

If you are a service provider:

Join and be featured as an expert
Use ID and KEY: FITA / 1234
Featured job this week:
• Product Manager Americas- Water Products

If you are Employer:

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

U.S. District Export Council


Our Featured Country

Uzbekistan's competitive advantage is its strategic location as a transit and industrial hub in Central Asia, backed by its large reserves of oil, natural gas, gold, other precious metals and raw materials. Uzbekistan's economy is mainly based on agriculture, which makes up nearly 25% of GDP. Textiles, in particular cotton and silk, are the main source of Uzbekistan's export revenue. The industrial sector contributes nearly a third of the GDP and the services sector contributes 47% of GDP.

Because of an over-regulated trade policy, the Uzbek economy is not very open to trade. The country imports machinery and equipment, chemical products, food products and ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Its main partners are the European Union, which represents 50% of the total Uzbek trade value, and Russia , with 25%.

Since 1994, there is a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between the U.S. and the Central Asian nations Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The TIFA provides a strategic framework and principle for dialogue on trade and investment issues between the United States and the other parties.

For details on the most popular products traded between Uzbekistan & United States, consult the US Census Bureau’s Website (choose Imports or Exports).

Uzbek domestic goods distribution is not very diversified. Road-side markets and store-based retail are targeted at the mostly low-income population. Supermarkets belonging to foreign firms, notably Turkish, are mostly reserved for the rich and foreigners. Over the past few years, non-store retailing (internet retailing and direct selling) have achieved impressive growth, thanks to government reforms to promote the use of Internet in urban centers.

Uzbekistan is attracting more and more foreign direct Investment every year, in particular in the energy as well as the new technologies sectors. The current Tax Code offers certain tax incentives to encourage manufacturers, importers and exporters of strategically important products. For more information you can consult the Governmental Portal.

For information in English about the country, visit the websites of the Uzbek Embassy in the United States and the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce (AUCC). If that's not enough, you'll also find plenty of good research at the FITA Mini Portal of Uzbekistan 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 Uzbekistan.

The Uzbekistan 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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China Travel Assistance

Are you planning to go to China on a business trip? Why not supplement it with some tourist attractions? Travel China Guide offers city guides and advice, flights and train connections and bookings and much more. And you will often find the best domestic air and hotel deals at

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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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Maritime Law and Jurisprudence

The Comite Maritime International is a non-governmental international organization that contributes to the unification of all aspects of maritime law.

The site offers a list of national associations that are members, their Rules of Procedures, a database of decisions by national Courts on the interpretation of maritime conventions and links to other related maritime organizations.

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Food Markets and Food Insecurity

Even if Famine in the world is not your favorite topic, visit this website. You will be surprised by its content. The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is a USAID-funded activity that collaborates with international, regional and national partners to provide timely and rigorous early warning and vulnerability information on emerging and evolving food security issues. The website concentrates on about 30 countries mainly located in Africa and Latin America. The page on Markets and Trade provides maps of market flows and distribution networks, plus reports and studies. Price Bulletins that list market prices for rice and wheat in several cities of each country are also available.

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

Lekow Associated Services Limited a Nigerian international freight forwarder and logistics solutions service Provider
The Guinn Consultancy Group, Inc., a U.S. consulting company
MAXIA EMC, a U.S. export management company

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Export Trade Promotion Manager

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 Assistant/Associate Professor of International Business at American University in Washington, DC. 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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ITAR Boot Camp
Chicago, IL, October 19-20

A Deep Dive into the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. How to Implement and Monitor an Effective ITAR Compliance Program. Chicago, IL, October 19-20. Click here to learn more.

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