Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals

Monday, April 1, 2002 Issue 30   VOLUME 2 ISSUE 7  

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 years I've been writing about useful Web sites for businesspeople, in various publications. Now 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.

Here they are:


Because the Oscars ended so late, my local morning newspaper had only sketchy details about who won, what they wore, and what they said in their acceptance speeches. You may not care about such things, but these are details I need to know. Faced with a shortage of facts, I knew just what to do -- I went to RocketNews at, typed in "Oscars", and got the latest stories from news organizations worldwide about Oscar night. RocketNews is a current news search engine, which means it lets you search for breaking news stories. You simply type in a keyword, specify the time frame you want to search (it lets you search up to five previous days), and away you go. You can also search by topic (click on "Hot Topics"), to find the most current stories on over 300 topics.

Another good news site is World Newspapers at Simply click on the name of a country you're interested in, and you'll find English language news for that country. There's also a large selection of magazines in various categories.


The Middle East is one area of the world we're all pretty interested in these days. Whether you have business or personal interests there, you should bookmark at, which is a gateway site to the Middle East on the Web. Here you'll find news and information about the region, plus country profiles, a trade directory, an event calendar, and more. It's a great resource for anyone who wants to keep current on the Middle East.

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 Middle East. Or simply type "Middle East" in the search box at

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If I owned a widget-making company and somebody told me there was a market for widgets in Turkmenistan, I'd need to do some research and preparation before I could start exporting my wares. Luckily, I could find help at myEXPORTS at This site, created through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, gives U.S. companies all the tools they need to be successful exporters. Here you'll find world news by industry, a calendar of trade events, a basic guide to exporting, an export assistance center, market research, information about export financing, a section where foreign buyers can search a directory of U.S. exporters, and much more.


If you're an immigrant or foreign-born individual living in the U.S., at is a great resource. This site has free information about visas & immigration, health insurance, medical care, banking & credit, special taxation issues for foreign nationals, social security, going to college in the U.S., and more. Actually, I found plenty of useful information for people like me who were born in the U.S., such as links to maps, world stock markets, weather reports, world news & sports, etc.

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