Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals

Wednesday, October 30, 2002
Issue 45

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:


More years ago than I care to recall, I went to Canada for my honeymoon. My bride and I visited Montreal and Quebec, and found them to be charming and lively cities. We visited Toronto several times in the ensuing years and loved its nightlife, world-class skyline, and friendliness -- it was like New York with friendly cabbies. Canada has a lot to offer anyone, but especially international traders. It's the largest trading partner of the United States, and one of the largest economies in the world.

Here are a few sites to help you get started in trade with Canada.

  • Strategis at This Canadian government site is an excellent gateway to the Canadian market. With links to news, directories of Canadian companies, how-to guides to such things as e-commerce, researching markets, and financing, plus an events calendar, statistics, and much more.
  • The Canadian Embassy in Washington's Business Resources at page has detailed information on 32,000 Canadian companies, plus dozens of other links to directories, government sites, business guides, banks, and more.
There are many more links to Canada 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, then scroll down to "North America" and click on Canada in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Canada" in the search box at


If you asked me a few days ago what a clean payment was, I would have said it's a transaction using money that's been through the washing machine, which happens often in my house because I forget to empty my pants pockets when I put them in the laundry basket. However, I now know that clean payments mean something entirely different in international trade. I learned this at TD Commercial Banking's Global Trade Finance page at, where I took the Crash Course in International Trade. This page is worth visiting for the Crash Course alone, but there's also a foreign exchange calculator and a lease analyzer that perform useful functions.


If your cell phone connection in Peru is improving, thank a small technology company in California's Silicon Valley and It's a long way from the Golden Gate to Machu Pichu, but Telewave Inc., a veteran manufacturer of two-way radio equipment, is no stranger to long distance. When they wanted a way to expand their South American business to Peru, they recognized in the U.S. Commercial Service's on-line marketplacean effective, inexpensive, low-risk way to make new sales.

Turns out they were right. Telewave recently completed the first of what they hope will be many sales to buyers in Peru. "The first purchase was worth about $80,000, which is a great start," said Jack Waldbewohner, who manages Latin American sales for Telewave.

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Want to know the market accessibility in Algeria? How about the political situation in Azerbaijan? Or perhaps you want to know about tax issues in Brazil. You'll find all of that information and more at at This site has tons of information about countries and markets worldwide, everything from an animation of the country's flag waving in the breeze to handy statistics like the average worker's salary, and a list of public holidays.


Ratings are big on the Web. There are lots of sites that say they're the Best, the Biggest, the Most Useful, etc. I'm not sure what the criteria are for these ratings, but some of the sites really are what they claim to be. Take the Wall Street Executive Library's Best Business Sites page at This page has links to 1450 useful sites where you can read news, research companies, get answers to legal questions, hunt for jobs, look up medical information, download software, and find lots more good stuff that will help you run your business better. It's worth a visit.

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