Wednesday, January 29, 2003 Issue 51 Volume 3 Number 3  
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:

For a country that is only one quarter the size of California, Taiwan has an economy that makes it one of the world's success stories. It is one of the top ten U.S. trading partners, and in 2002 it exported US $2.17 billion in goods to the United States. It also imported US $9.95 billion, from countries worldwide. This booming economy is worth investigating if you're looking to expand your markets. One way to do that is by going to Taiwan Buyers Guide ( ). This site has a database of over 100,000 products and services from China and Taiwan, and you can search it for free once you register. You can search by product, supplier, brand, product number, keyword, and other parameters, and there's even a way to search for competitors once you have a product number. Your search results will include a company profile, contact information, Web address, and other useful information.



I always like the glitzy, showbiz atmosphere of trade shows. Everybody is trying to grab the attention of visitors, because with so many people in one place, it's a golden opportunity to make contacts and generate sales leads. Working the trade shows and exhibitions can be a great way to break into international trade, if you know the right ones to attend. Here are sites you can search for trade show listings.
  • FITA's Trade Shows Worldwide ( ). This is part of the FITA site, and it is refreshingly easy to use. You just enter the name of the industry, the city or country (or leave those boxes blank if you want a worldwide listing of shows), and off you go. You get detailed information for every show, including who to contact if you want to attend.
  • ( ). This site has a database of tens of thousands of events worldwide, and you can search it for free. Search by keyword or category, and you'll get a detailed listing of events, complete with location, dates, and contact information.
  • ( ). Las Vegas certainly knows how to put on a show, and this site, sponsored by the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Bureau, has plenty of information about trade shows worldwide. You can do a keyword search, or browse the categories, where you'll find links to convention bureaus, industry publications, major exhibit halls, online forums and mailing lists, trade associations, and much more.



In my daydreams I see myself running off to the South Pacific, living on the beach and not worrying about anything except my suntan. For me it's merely a daydream, but if you're thinking seriously of changing your life, go to ( ). This site has a wealth of information for anyone considering a move to another part of the world. There are country profiles, a jobs database, a real estate marketplace, resources on retiring overseas, telephone directories, ATM locators, maps, travel tips, and much more. And it's not just for retirees or beach bums -- the pages on Living and Working in various countries have links to support groups and counseling resources, for those who need help adjusting.



The Internet has been wonderfully empowering for people who have medical questions. On the Web you have a vast medical library at your fingertips, so you no longer have to be in the dark about any medical condition. A great example of this is the Mayo Clinic's Ask A Specialist ( ) site. Here you can search a database of questions that have been answered by the Mayo Clinic's world famous staff. The answers are written in layman's language, but they give you all the details you need to understand the condition and its treatment. If you can't find the answer you want, you can submit a question (although the site warns that only a small percentage of questions get answered each month). Ask A Specialist is only one facet of this useful site -- you can also search for drug information, read about diseases and conditions, and set up a self-care program for things like smoking cessation and stress management.


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