for international trade professionals
  Thursday, September 1, 2010         Issue 246         Volume 10 Number 18 Read online previous issues
This Newsletter is sponsored by American Conference Institute’s 4th ITAR Boot Camp
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 Denmark
• Find out how to access information about international arbitration and other international trade law issues at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law's website
• Find opportunities in Africa with the African Development Bank
•Find a freight forwarder or any other logistics provider worldwide using the website of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations
• Attend the ITAR Bootcamp

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

U.S. District Export Council


Our Featured Country

Denmark's strategic location at the entrance to the Baltic Sea means familiarity with the country is crucial for trading with the Nordic/Baltic region.

Denmark's economy is mainly based on services, which contribute nearly 75% to GDP. Business services and wholesale / retail trade account for the largest parts of the service economy. The industrial sector contributes only 22% of the GDP, mainly because the country lacks natural resources. And, although agriculture only accounts for 3% of GDP, Denmark has become one of the major exporters of agricultural products in the world. To learn more about this unusual country consult the Danish Exportersí Website

Because of the limited size of its domestic market, Denmark from early on sought customers abroad. Today, foreign trade represents more than 100% of Danish GDP. The country imports machinery, electronic equipment, mineral fuels, oil and vehicles while its main exports are machinery, meat, dairy products, fish and pharmaceuticals. Its main partners are the EU 27 members, which represent 70% of the total trade value. The United States is Denmark's fifth largest export market and the biggest outside the European Union.

The Danish distribution network is oriented towards local shops. Only 20% of retail trade is generated by shopping centers and malls. Non-store retailing (internet retailing and direct selling) have increased over the last few years, it still plays an insignificant role in relation to total retail sales.

Recently, and despite the international financial crisis of 2008-2009, foreign direct investment in Denmark has increased sharply, mainly in telecommunications, information technology, biotechnology, oil exploration, financial services and facility services. Performance incentives (grants, preferential financing, etc.) are available to both foreign and domestic investors especially in designated regional development areas like Greenland. For more information consult the Denmark Investment Climate 2009 and the government agency Invest in Denmark.

For information in English about the country, visit the websites of the Danish Embassy to the United States, the Danish American Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Commercial Service in Denmark. The sites give extensive information about the market with news and 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 Denmark 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 Denmark.

The Denmark 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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On-line resources for International Commercial Arbitration and Conciliation

International arbitration has become the most common approach to resolve, at the international level, trade disputes and misunderstandings with investment. It has the advantage of avoiding risks, uncertainties and costs related to the appearance before a foreign court and procedures can be adapted according to the complexity and urgency of a situation..

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law lists all online resources that can be useful in arbitration and other international trade law areas. Just click to explore.

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National security enforcement continues to be a priority and exporters that deal with ITAR-controlled items, services or technical data must ensure their global supply chain is compliant. U.S. enforcement agencies are stepping up their enforcement of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, cracking down on ITAR  violations and imposing harsh civil penalties or even individual criminal liability of empowered officials and executives. Also, with the Obama administration looking to double exports over the next five years, ITAR-registered companies will have a huge advantage to tap into the large global market and benefit from their strong compliance practices.

At  American Conference Institute’s 4th ITAR Boot Camp, for the first time in Chicago, participants will have the unique opportunity to benchmark their practices with leading export compliance executives and senior ITAR attorneys. You will gain crucial knowledge on the nuts and bolts of ITAR compliance and learn from industry experts who will walk you through the latest requirements, exemptions and updates. Using helpful materials, interactive discussion and hands-on exercises, the ITAR Boot Camp will arm you with the information necessary to develop a comprehensive compliance program.

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A gateway for doing business in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Groupís mission is to help reduce poverty, improve living conditions for Africans and mobilize resources for the continentís economic and social development. To this end, the Bank seeks to stimulate and mobilize internal and external resources to promote investments as well as provide its regional member countries with technical and financial assistance.

There are many ways for private businesses to do business with the Bank and find business opportunities in Africa with the Bank's support. Take a look at the Procurement section to learn about getting contracts to sell the Bank goods and services. If you are considering these opportunties, make sure you study the Tools and Reports on Procurement.

And read the "Working with us" section to see how your projects in Africa can get financial and logistical assistance from the Bank. The AfDB provides financing for projects that involve the establishment, expansion, diversification, and/or modernization of production facilities in a variety of sectors, including energy, manufacturing, agribusiness, tourism, transport, infrastructure, extractive industries, banking and finance and other service industries.

To learn more about the activities of the AfDB, browse by Country or by Topics and Sectors. Also take a look at reports and statistics.

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The global voice of freight logistics

For your logistics needs, to find recommended freight forwarders, it is often best to contact a country's logistics organization. The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) is the international non-governmental organization that brings all of these associations together in order to deal effectively with world bodies such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.

FIATA's website offers a directory of all logistics associations worldwide. Contacting a national association can be helpful when looking for local logistics professionals.

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

Synovate Business Consulting, a global business consulting group
China Sage Consultants (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a consulting company based in the US, China and Australia
Cosmo Public Relations Corporation, a Japanese public relations company

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International Marketing 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 International Marketing Manager at EnerNOC in Massachusetts. 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.

Deemed Exports Seminar, October 5-6, Cromwell, CT. Learn what "deemed exports" are and how to handle them.

Expo Rebuild Chile International, October 12-14, Concepcion, Chile
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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