Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals

Wednesday, July 24, 2002
Issue 38

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.

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 are the sites:


I write this newsletter in English, but if I wanted to reach a bigger audience, I'd have to write it in Mandarin Chinese. That's because there are 1 billion users of Mandarin Chinese in the world, which is almost double the number of people who use English (and English is only slightly ahead of Hindustani). I found this interesting fact at the site, which has bite-sized information about all the countries of the world, including categories like Richest, Most Populous, Most Expensive, Cleanest, etc. The information is from publicly-accessible sources like the CIA World Factbook, but it's presented in an easy-to-use format.

Globastat at is another site that uses CIA World Factbook data. It's not as visually appealing, but has more detail.


Here's one of the best resources on China that I've seen. at is a site established jointly by the Chinese government and the World Bank. will help you get up to speed on what's happening in China, especially in the area of developing trade. There are many articles and resources on trade, including a Trade Show Calendar, Development Agenda, Poverty Elimination Requirements, Business Invitation Information, Expert Forum, Hot Topics, and World Bank in China. Also, it provides information on travel, weather, and finance, as well as a search engine.

There are lots more links to China 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 go to Asia and select China in the pop-up window. Or simply type "China" in the search box at


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As a journalist, I like because it has links to research sources. However, this site is useful for both writers and readers. There are links to online publications, media e-mail addresses, information sources, reference works, people-finder services, PR sources, university contacts, travel guides, government agencies, and much more. One gem I found: 1st Headlines at, a quick way to read the latest news headlines.


Because I'm a person of high moral fiber, I get several e-mails a week from people overseas who want to deposit millions of dollars in my bank account. They're usually in desperate need of a reputable person like me to give them my bank account number, so they can transfer money out of their country and into my account. For this service I am entitled to a generous fee that is usually in the millions.

Sound familiar? Just about everyone with an e-mail address has received offers like this, usually from people claiming to be related to high government officials in Nigeria. The unlucky people who fall for this scam end up losing large sums of money. Along with all the good it has brought, the Internet has also opened new territory to scam artists and frauds. Here are three sites that will help you protect yourself against unscrupulous people who want to take your money.

Advance Fee Business Scams at The information here is from the U.S. State Department, but it applies no matter what your nationality. It's a good primer on a certain type of Internet scam.

National Fraud Information Center at This site details Internet fraud, telemarketing scams, fraud against the elderly, and much more.

Quatloos! at What's a Quatloo? Read the explanation, then stay around to read the latest news and fraud alerts. Visit the Cyber-Museum of Frauds & Scams, and the Nigerian Scam Letters Gallery.

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