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 http://www.fita.org, 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:
| OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE -- BRAZIL|
Trying to do business in South America without having
a foothold in Brazil is like ignoring a 500 pound gorilla
in your bedroom. Brazil is South America's biggest and most
influential country, and takes up almost half the continent.
It has the 10th largest economy in the world, and is among
the top 20 U.S. trading partners, with U.S. exports topping
$16 billion in 2002. This is a land of many opportunities
for international trade, and there are lots of sites to help
you get started.
One very good one is the Brazilian-American
Chamber of Commerce ( http://www.brazilcham.com ). Here
you'll find links to government agencies, political parties,
newspapers, Brazilian Chambers of Commerce, the Free Trade
Area of the Americas, and several trade lead networks.
There are many more links to Brazil at the FITA site.
Go to http://fita.org/webindex,
click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas
in the left column, then scroll down to Latin America and
click on Brazil in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Brazil"
in the search box at http://www.fita.org.
PORTALS TO THE WORLD
In Internet jargon, a "portal" is a Web site that offers
a large collection of links to a specific subject. Portals
to the World ( http://www.loc.gov/rr/international/portals.html
) is an amazing project from the Library of Congress, with
content-rich links to countries of the world. The links were
selected by Area Specialists and other Library staff, so the
sites are all useful and reliable. Each country's section
has a wide range of broad categories (Business, Culture, Genealogy,
Media, National Security, Travel, etc.), to make it more comprehensive.
Note: this project is not yet complete, and some portals have
a higher quantity and quality of links than others. As an
example, the portal for Brazil has dozens of links in the
Business, Commerce, Economy category, while the portals for
China and Canada have only three links in that category, and
they're probably not the most useful ones available.
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I always thought Hong Kong was the most densely populated
place in the world, but the Chinese territory of Macau, with
a population density of almost 21,000 people per square kilometer,
makes Hong Kong look like a ghost town. I learned this fact
Rankings ( http://www.photius.com/rankings/economy.html
), a nifty site that uses CIA World Factbook Data to rank
countries by such things as population, income, size, birth
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If you need to find out tariff information or trade
statistics for countries in North or South America, the best
place to go is the Hemispheric Database of the Free
Trade Area of the Americas ( http://184.108.40.206 ).
There's a searchable database of information that's up to
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