Tuesday, May 20, 2003 Issue 59 Volume 3 Number 11  
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:

The recent SARS outbreak has had an impact on the economy of Hong Kong, but there's no doubt that this bustling hub of capitalism will make a comeback. Hong Kong has weathered other problems, including the Asian financial crisis of the 1990s, and it will undoubtedly emerge from this one stronger than ever. Hong Kong depends heavily on imports, since it has few natural resources. For that reason it has become a major player in international trade, and is one of the largest U.S. trading partners.

A good place to look for resources about Hong Kong is The Economist Country Briefing on Hong Kong ( ), which has breaking news, background reports, economic analysis and forecasts, currency exchange rates, links to useful Web sites, and much more.

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



I've never tasted a hog plum, but if I ever need to find a supplier of hog plums all I have to do is go to HairyApe ( ), which calls itself "the largest interactive fruit, vegetable, and flower search engine in the world". This Web site has a database of importers, exporters, wholesalers, growers, and all sections of the fresh produce industry worldwide, and it's easy to use. Once you register (for a fee of US$50), you can search by product, country of origin, variety (e.g., Fuji Apples), and supplier location. The results list gives you all the contact information you need, including e- mail and Web site addresses. Suppliers can register to be included in the database for free, and there's even an Offers Board where exporters can post messages about special offers.



Guía Export from Bell South is an excellent way to increase your exports to Latin America and the Caribbean.

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There's a lot of work to be done to rebuild Iraq after the recent war, and business has a big role to play in the effort. The U.S. Department of Commerce Rebuilding Iraq ( ) site is a good place to visit if you want to find information about business opportunities in this rapidly changing area of the world. This site is updated on a daily basis, and you'll find lots of news and information about commercial opportunities, financing, contracts awarded, humanitarian assistance, and more. There's a guide to doing business in Iraq, news about subcontracting opportunities, and a daily fact sheet that are also worth checking out.



I love finding new search engines (you're right, I don't get out much), and I've just found one that's especially fun. KillerInfo ( ) has a neat little feature called Quick Peek that lets you view a Web page before actually visiting it. If you see a site on your results list that looks interesting, just click on Quick Peek, and a window opens up to show you the page. KillerInfo is a meta search engine, which means it sends your query to multiple search engines and then presents the best results to you. It also clusters your results into categories in a right hand column, so you can click on the category that looks most relevant to your interest. You can also search for country-specific information by clicking on a country's flag at the top of the page. Note: KillerInfo sells sponsored listings, which means the top two or three listings in your search results may be paid placements. That doesn't affect the quality of the rest of the listings, however, so this is still a useful site.


As part of FITA's Global Trade Shop, the FITA Web site offers the Global Trade Book Store ( ), a source of important books at huge discounts for running your international business. Featured books change often. Today's featured titles include Import/Export: How to Get Started in International Trade, Business Without Borders: A Strategic Guide to Global Marketing, and Trading in the Global Currency Markets, among others. Take a look!

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