Wednesday, March 12, 2003 Issue 54 Volume 3 Number 6  
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:

Some years ago I got into a conversation with a businessman on a plane, and he said to me, "If I were just starting out today, I'd move to Singapore. That's where the future is."Singapore has one of the highest living standards in the world, and it's a country of glittering skyscrapers and a thriving port. It depends heavily on trade -- it's one of the largest U.S. trading partners -- and you'll find plenty of opportunities here.

A good place to start your research is Singapore: Past, Present Future (h, a site from Nanyang University. I profiled this site before for its Asian resources, but it's worth highlighting today for the quality of its links that are specific to Singapore. If you click on Web Resources, for instance, you'll find links to Singapore's history, news, politics, government agencies, databases, speeches, a calendar of events, economic reports, and more. There's plenty of useful information at this site -- it's worth a look if you're interested in Singapore.

There are many more links to Singapore 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, then scroll down to Asia and click on Singapore in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Singapore" in the search box at



I just found a way to stay up to date on Latin American news without taxing my high school Spanish. It's a site called LatinAmerican Post ( ), and it's got news about Latin America in English. The easy-to-use format has breaking news, current events analysis, economic and financial data, feature stories, an art gallery featuring Latin American artists, travel profiles, sports, and plenty more.



FITA and now offer an International Buy/Sell exchange. The FITA Buy/Sell Exchange at is FITA's business-to-business marketplace that helps your company find more business by delivering tender opportunities, RFQ's and qualified offers to buy and sell. You will have access to a global network of affiliated trade sites that work together to bring together businesses across borders. Take a look!



Recently, my wife was returning home on a business flight. When she didn't call from the airport to tell me she had landed, I got worried. Luckily, I was able to allay my fears by going to the FlightTracker page ( at Trip.Com, where I found out her flight was delayed due to weather. At this page, you can find out the status of U.S. and international flights, and all you need is the airline and flight number, or arrival city and time. FlightTracker will show you exactly where the plane is (there's even a graphic interface that will show you the plane's progress), and the reason for any delays. It's a handy tool for people who fly a lot (and their relatives).



"We're eating too much fast food," is a lament I often make to my family. Although I feel guilty about it, there are times when we're too busy to cook a meal, and I am forced to buy fast food. With Fast Food Facts ( ) at least I can determine which are the healthiest cheeseburgers out there. At this site you can find the calories, fat content, sodium, cholesterol, and other nutritional numbers for food items at the most popular fast food restaurants. If you want a comparison, just type in "french fries", for example, and select "Display all restaurants", and you'll get a handy comparison of the nutritional content of french fries across a range of restaurants. There are also links at this site to recipes for healthy meals -- so now I'll feel even more guilty about feeding cheeseburgers to my kids.


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