Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals Number 49 Volume 3 Issue 1

Thursday, January 16, 2003
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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:


Germany is one of the ten largest U.S. trading partners, and if you're looking to research opportunities for trade with Germany, there are lots of sites on the Web to help you. One of the best is the Library of Congress Germany Resources ( This site doesn't overwhelm you with hundreds of links, but the ones that are here are of the highest quality. There are links to German business news, statistics, and contacts; maps of Germany; political contacts and information; travel guides; and much more.

Another good site is GermanData (, which has a directory of German companies on the Web. You just look up a name, then click on it and you'll go to the company's Web site.

There are many more links to Germany 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 and click on "Germany" in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Germany" in the search box at


All politicians make optimistic campaign promises, but Simeon II, the former king of Bulgaria, promised that if his party was elected in 2001, there would be a doubling of living standards in just 800 days. It didn't happen, but you have to give him credit for thinking big. I learned that little tidbit of information at ( ). Click on the "Reports" button and you'll find a storehouse of information about ex-communist and other emerging countries. You have to register to see one of their reports, but registration is free -- and you'll be pleasantly surprised at the amount of detail they provide about the economy and politics of these countries. There's also a free service called New Business Opportunities, that gives you contact information for companies that are looking to buy or sell goods.


If someone mentions "Canada" in a word association game, most of us would probably say, "ice hockey", instead of "diamonds". But there are ten diamond exploration sites in Canada right now, a fact I learned at The Atlas of Canada ( ). This site has interesting facts about Canada presented as reference maps. There are maps of glaciers, Indian treaties, water consumption, forest fires, and health resources, as well as demographic maps of population, age, and other parameters. This site gives a valuable perspective on Canadian statistics.


Competitive intelligence is an essential tool for businesspeople these days, and you'll find a useful compilation of CI links at Fuld Intelligence Index( ). Just scroll down the list and you'll find links to hundreds of sources of information about people, companies, industries, and countries. Each link has a description, so you'll know if the site is worth visiting. This site is very comprehensive -- the section on the pharmaceutical industry, for example, had two dozen links to research sites.

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