Really Useful Sites For International Trade Professionals

Monday, February 4, 2002
Issue 26

Here's your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. This free bi-weekly newsletter reviews useful Web sites from the Web Resources database at FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal at, an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000+ sites related to international trade.

Please feel free to pass this newsletter on to others.

My name is John McDonnell, and for years I wrote a weekly e- newsletter that profiled business-oriented Web sites. Now I'm using my Web research skills to find sites that are useful for international trade, as well as some fun sites that you'll enjoy visiting.


Although it sometimes seems like the business world is getting standardized, and people are all starting to dress and act the same, don't be fooled -- we're still a very diverse planet, and local customs have deep roots. That's why you need a site like's Business Etiquette and Culture page at This page has detailed instructions on how to conduct yourself in business settings in dozens of countries. You'll find everything from how to dress for a meeting in Italy (formal is best) to body language in Brazil (stand close to the other person and maintain eye contact) to scores of other topics. There's also a message board, and a new section with tips for women. This site will help you avoid gaffes that could undermine your business relationships.


Africa has a rich potential for business, and if you're interested in researching specific African countries, go to Lex Africa Business Guides at You simply scroll down the page to the list of countries and click on the one you're interested in. You'll find detailed information about the business climate, laws, political situation, and other parameters of each country. For even more data, click on "Other Info". These guides are a valuable resource for anyone looking to do business in Africa.

There are lots more links to Africa at the FITA site. Go to, click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column or "Search by Country or Region" in the right column, and then "Africa" in the pop-up window. Or simply type "Africa" in the search box at

Are your prospects part of the international trade community? If so, here's an opportunity to showcase your service or product to 50,000 subscribers of Really Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional. FITA now offers limited sponsorship opportunities to selected organizations. For information, please contact Barney Lehrer, Director of eCommerce Development at or 1-800-969-FITA extension 4.


We have encyclopedias and dictionaries in our house, but my kids hardly ever open them. When they need to research something for their homework, they go online. Now I've found a site where all the resources they need are in one place. The reference page at KnowPlay? at has search boxes that link to dictionaries, thesaurii, encyclopedias, quotation databases, atlases, and much more. You just type in your search word and away you go. And there are other options -- at the top of the page, you can click on Finance Search to look up stock quotes, company information, and SEC filings. Or, you could click on People Search to look up names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. There are lots more options, too -- it's a simple and effective way to search the Web.


FITA and have launched a new International Buy/Sell exchange. The FITA Buy/Sell Exchange at is FITA's new business-to-business marketplace that helps your company find more business by delivering tender opportunities, RFQ's and qualified offers to buy and sell. You will have access to a global network of affiliated trade sites that work together to bring together businesses across borders. Take a look!


Here's a fun site for you cooks out there. The Recipes Archive at has a database of 280,000 free recipes, and there are multiple ways to search it. You can search by keyword, topic (Meats, Sweets, Vegetables, etc.), cooking time, country (just click on one of the flags at the top of the screen), or you can click on "Top 50 Recipes" in the drop-down box in the right corner. This site also has a big list of links to other English language food sites, and you can even find recipes in non-English languages.

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