Wednesday, March 26, 2003 Issue 55 Volume 3 Number 7  
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:

Although it has been on a bit of a belt-tightening plan in recent years, Italy is still one of the largest U.S. trading partners, and has the world's fifth largest industrial economy. A U.S. Department of Commerce report says that as the Italian government's austerity plan moves forward, Italy "should offer even more opportunities for U.S. firms, both as a destination for exports and a point for investment". If you want to research opportunities in the Italian market, a good place to start is the profile of Italy at Link2Exports ( ). This site is run by the British Chambers of Commerce, but there's good information here for everyone. You'll find a detailed country profile, plus reports on the economy, political scene, tourist trade, and other areas of Italian life. You'll find particularly useful information if you click on "Export Tips", and "Indepth Info" at the top of the page.

There are many more links to Italy 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 Italy in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Italy" in the search box at



As I write this, the U.S. has launched an attack on Iraq, and it seems to me the best thing for all humanity to do is pray for a swift, just, and peaceful end to this conflict. It is a solemn time, and I pray that innocent people will be spared the horrors of war, and that peace will come to the Middle East.

This is probably not the best time to travel, but of course, many of us need to travel for our livelihoods. If you do travel, check out the State Department's page of safety tips for travelers ( ). At the State Department's Travel and Living Abroad page ( ), you'll find even more information for traveling safely.

Another tip: Although we don't expect you will face problems in Western Europe, you should know that the "911" number in Western Europe is 112, and can be dialed free of charge from phones (including mobile phones). For a list of emergency numbers worldwide go to:


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If you want to get a good picture of the geography of Iraq, go to the BBC's Key Maps of the Middle East ( maps/html/ ). This is a clear, easy-to-use site with maps of Iraq. The maps are very detailed, and show things like Iraqi missile sites (showing the range of each missile), oilfields, weapons sites, coalition troop deployments, dissident areas, Saddam Hussein's residences, breaking news about military operations, and more. You can click on areas of each map for more information.



I recently needed to replace a windshield wiper on my car. For most people this would not be such a big deal, but for me, a certified klutz when it comes to anything mechanical, it was a momentous occasion. This time, however, instead of panicking the way I usually do when I have to work with my hands, I went to HowStuffWorks ( ). At this site I found a history and explanation of windshield wipers, wiper maintenance and repair tips, and links to sites where I could order replacement wipers (and find out how to install them). HowStuffWorks is an amazing site, because it gives clear, detailed explanations of everything from ballpoint pens to rainbows, cruise missiles to the human ear, the stock market to hypnosis. You can either browse the topics (AutoStuff, MoneyStuff, ScienceStuff, etc.), or do a keyword search. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you can click on "Big List of Articles" to see all the topics they've covered. There's also a forum where you can ask questions and get advice.


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