Wednesday, February 26, 2003 Issue 53 Volume 3 Number 5
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've always had a soft spot for France, because my wife was studying in Paris when I met her, and we spent many romantic hours exploring Paris and the countryside around it. France has more than romance to offer, of course, and that's why I'm profiling it in this issue. France is one of the largest U.S. trading partners, and it's worth investigating if you're looking for new markets for your products.'s France Page ( ) is a great jumping off point. Here you'll find links to France-related news, research profiles, statistics, company and organization Web sites, financial data, legal information, government agencies, trade fairs, and much more. There are short descriptions of each site, including whether they're in French or English.

There are many more links to France at the FITA site. Go to, click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column, then scroll down to Europe and click on France in the drop-down box. Or simply type "France" in the search box at



You have to stay abreast of developments in global trade policy if you want to succeed at international trade, and one of the best ways to do this is through Harvard University's Global Trade Negotiations Home Page ( ). Although this site may seem to be just for academics, there's plenty here for you practical business types. For example, you'll find breaking news about trade from worldwide media; in-depth articles on major issues like biotechnology, e-commerce, intellectual property, market access, and others affecting trade; research papers; links to governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations; statistics, and much more. There's a lot of useful information here, and it's updated regularly.



I love holidays, and it never ceases to amaze me the variety of holidays that are celebrated around the world. I haven't checked, but I think there's a holiday being celebrated somewhere every day of the year. If you need to know the holidays for any country in Asia, go to Asian Public Holidays ( ), where you'll find a handy listing. The list includes fifty countries, including ones like Afghanistan and Iran, so this is a useful resource for many travelers and businesspeople. There are also links at this site to news, maps, statistics, travel guides, recipes, and lots of other information about Asia.



People are always asking me how to find answers to their questions on the Web. I try to point them in the right direction, by giving them some useful Web sites to check out. Now that I've discovered World Wide Web Research Tools ( ), I'll just send them there. They'll find a no-frills site -- basically just a page of links, but it's got everything you need for successful Web searching. There are links to all the major search engines (and lots of specialty engines you probably didn't know about), plus sites where you can search news outlets, government agencies, image collections, specialized databases, and much more. If you can't find what you're looking for after using this page, the answer is probably not on the Web.

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