for international trade professionals
  Thursday, October 14, 2010         Issue 249         Volume 10 Number 21 Read online previous issues
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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 Resources you will:

• Learn about the market and business environment in Ireland
• Get authoritative economic and business reports from McKinsey & Company
Search the latest agricultural commodity prices at USDA Market News and other websites.
• Find out about the latest trade barriers established between specific countries or blocks of countries at Global Trade Alert.

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Also in this issue:
Three featured service provided this week.

If you are a service provider:

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

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

Ireland is located in North Europe, on one of the British Isles. As an island nation, ports play a vital role in the Irish economy, particularly in maritime trade flows with England, Scotland and Wales.

The Irish economy is mainly based on services, which make up two thirds of GDP. Banking and finance have grown to the extent that Dublin now is a sizable international financial center. As a consequence, and owing to the importance of real estate in the country, the Irish economy was seriously affected by the international financial crisis of 2009-2010. Ireland’s more recent industrial development has been achieved by the promotion of export market high-tech companies: chemical and electronic products. Agriculture only accounts for less than 2% of GDP, but the Government is trying to consolidate its role in the economy by modernizing it and by expanding the food-processing industries. For more information, consult the Allied Irish Bank’s Irish Economic Outlook 2010 web page.

Ireland is a wide open economy. The main imports are machinery and equipment, oil and petroleum products, textiles and clothing. Main exports are computers, chemical and pharmaceutical products, live animals and animal products. Ireland's trade mainly within the EU and more specifically with the United Kingdom being its 3rd customer and 1st supplier. The United States is Ireland’s first customer (21% of market share) and second supplier (17.5% of market share). The Irish distribution network is dominated by wholesalers who supply a variety of services to associated small retailers, including sales promotion, advertising, and retail training. Because of the financial crisis, consumers’ habits have changed and discounters have expended.

After Sweden, Ireland is the second-most attractive country in terms of FDI per capita in the European Union. A number of overseas companies have chosen to invest in Ireland as their European base and are involved in a wide range of activities and sectors (engineering, information and communication technologies, pharmaceutical and medical technologies). The international crisis has decreased Ireland’s attractiveness but not its potential. IDA Ireland , is the country’s investment promotion agency check out their web pages that outline the advantages of FDI in Ireland and their thorough report about the Irish business environment at "Ireland Vital Statistics".

For even more information, read the Ireland Investment Climate 2010.

Enterprise Ireland is the Irish government’s agency for trade promotion. Its website offers information about Irish industry as well as links to directories of all industry sectors. The agency has 27 overseas offices. The agency also promotes joint ventures and strategic alliances between Irish and foreign companies and assists foreign firms that wish to establish food and drink manufacturing operations in Ireland.

For more information about the country, visit the websites of the Embassy of Ireland to the United States, the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland and the U.S. Commercial Service in Ireland. The site gives 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 Ireland, 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 Ireland

The Ireland 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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World economic reports

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm that helps leaders improve the performance of their organizations. McKinsey & Company’s website offers very interesting reports at no cost: on productivity and competitiveness in the world, on specific business topics and on industries. Sign up for free and receive their reports in your mailbox.

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Some of your competitors are discovering how international trade is getting easier.

While most international trade operations are experiencing greater stress from issues such as increased trade regulations, shrinking margins, employee turn- over, rising labor costs, and higher raw material prices, some are discovering a new process tool that can help your business run more profitably and more efficiently, perhaps even help you sleep better at night. If you are ready to discover exactly how easy the answer too many of your daily international trade business problems can be, join for a free informative webinar by clicking here. is excited about sharing this revolutionary new system with subscribers to "Really Useful Reousrces for Intenational Trade Professionals." However, to make sure we have time to answer your questions and meet the individual needs of the participants space is limited, so register now, and find out how international trade just got easier.

To reserve your spot for this Free limited space Informative Webinar Click Here.

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Agricultural Commodities Price Watch

To know the U.S. market prices of agricultural commodities, consult the Commodity pages of the United States Department of Agriculture. And take a look also at the International Markets page to find prices elsewhere in the world.

Government websites in other countries offer similar services. For example, Look at the Statistics Bureau and the Director-General for Policy Planning of Japan for monthly prices from Japan and the website of the Italian Institute for Food Services for Agricultural Market. There are also many private websites that offer agricultural commodity prices worldwide. Take a look at Fresh Market,, and Agricommodityprices.

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Database of Trade Barriers

Global Trade Alert provides real-time information on state measures that are likely to affect foreign commerce. GTA is co-ordinated by the Centre for Economic Policy Research, an independent academic and policy research think-tank based in London, UK. The website displays summaries of measures affecting trade that are implemented by national governments. It has alerts and analyses. Browse the database by country affected, implementing jurisdiction, measure type, sector or state of implementation.

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

Starlink Shipping & Trading, freight Forwarders in Egypt
KMB Telemarketing Ltd, telemarketing in the United Kingdom
Ashton Consulting, Corporate Communications in Japan

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Senior Export Compliance Consultant

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 Export Compliance Consultant for Xport Consultants in Arizona and Southern California. 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:

5th Annual International Trade Conference - Hot Market Watch: Selling to Brazil, China and India, October 19, Cincinnati, OH.
2010 California-China Trade and Investment Conference, October 21, Los Angeles, CA.
African Development Bank - How to Identify, Track and Pursue AfDB Funded Projects, October 27 Webinar.
Americas Competitiveness Forum - Hemispheric Growth Through Innovation and Trade, November 14-16, Atlanta, GA.
InfoComm Asia 2010, November 17-19, Hong Kong.
Port of Veracruz Trade Mission, December 6-9, Mexico City and Veracruz, Mexico.

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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.

Large U.S. Export Conference to Visit Canada for a Day

The 2010 International District Export Conference features U.S. Sec. Of Commerce, Gray Locke, U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson, U.S. Senators Levin and Stabenow, the Chairman of the Ex-Im Bank and Chairmen, CEOs, COOs and Presidents of FedEX Express, ArvinMeritor, Disney Animation Studios, Dow Corning, Mediterranean Shipping as well as speakers from Google, Walmart, Ford, The Brookings Institution, the CATO Institute, the University of Michigan plus forty other speakers and will be held in Detroit October 24 – 27 at the Detroit Marriott.

The entire conference will move to Caesars Hotel and Casino in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on October 26th. Canadian speakers include Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Government of Ontario, top Canadian business leaders, speakers from academia and Canadian Federal government officials. The visit to Canada features a networking reception at Caesars Windsor with Canadian companies. Find business opportunities in Canada and how to conduct business successfully in Canada. The Canada Border Services Agency will also conduct an exclusive tour of the world’s busiest commercial border crossing at the Ambassador Bridge.

To find more information or to register for the Conference visit or call 248.975.9600.

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