Really Useful Sites For International Trade Professionals

Monday, February 18, 2002 Issue 27   VOLUME 2 ISSUE 4  

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.

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My name is John McDonnell, and for some years I've been writing about useful Web sites for businesspeople, in various publications. For the past year I've focused on international trade, using my Web research skills to find sites that are useful for international businesspeople, and some sites that are just plain fun for anyone.


For anyone involved in international business, the World Economic Forum at site is a gold mine of information. The WEF is an organization of international companies that calls itself "a platform for discussion, debate, and action on the key issues of the global agenda". At this site you'll find news, information, and reports about global business. Two parts that looked particularly good were the Knowledge Navigator at, which has reports on aspects of international business, and Worldlink at, the Forum's online magazine.


A host of new countries have arisen since the breakup of the Soviet Union, each with its own opportunities and challenges for international trade. You'll find a useful gateway to these countries at BISNIS at, a U.S. Department of Commerce site. There's loads of information here on countries like Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Tajikistan and Ukraine, to name just a few of what are called the Newly Independent States. There are detailed country reports, news stories, industry reports, trade leads, an events calendar, information on export financing, and more here.

There are lots more links to these countries at the FITA site. Go to FITA's International Trade Web Resources at, 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 scroll down to Europe and click on "Former Soviet Union". Note that some of the newly independent states are listed under the search box for Asia. Also, you can simply type the name of the country in the search box at

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I don't know much about cars, other than that they cost a lot of money and they break down when you least expect them to. The next time I have a car question, however, I'm going to head for at This site has information on new and used cars, trucks, and other vehicles. Edmunds has prices, reviews, safety information, road test results, a way to buy aftermarket parts & accessories, message boards and chat rooms where you can talk to other car owners, and much more. The "True Market Value (TMV) New Vehicle Pricing Calculator" and the "TMV Used Vehicle Appraiser" are both extremely useful for accurately calculating the best selling price for a new vehicle or determining the actual trade-in or selling price of a used car or truck. Residents of the UK can access an UK site, at


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Need to find the major English and German language logistics publications? Want to find an article from Australian NetGuide? Require the latest updates from Fitness Online? If you're looking for a particular newspaper or magazine on the Web, MetaGrid at will help you find it. MetaGrid has a simple interface -- you just type in a keyword for the subject you're interested in, and MetaGrid will give you links to the publications that fit your criteria.

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