Hello, John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. In this issue I have a site that's your gateway to trade with Israel. In addition, I found a site that will show you which countries are the most corrupt and open to bribery, so you can avoid them. If you need official statistics from any country in the world, I have a site that will open the door for you. Finally, allergy sufferers all over the world will get relief at a site called the Allergy Prevention Center. As usual, these are all sites worth bookmarking.

If you'd like more information about international trade, go to 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.


Israel is a place I've always wanted to visit. I like history, and you can't walk outside in Israel without bumping into a historical site. But there's a lot going on in the present, too. Israel is the 20th largest export market for the United States with approximately $19 billion in two-way trade projected for 2003. Israel also ranks as the United States' largest trading partner in the Middle East, just surpassing Saudi Arabia. If you'd like to learn more about exporting to Israel, go to the Strategis page on Israel Business ( ). This site, provided by the Canadian government, has loads of information about how to export to Israel, including the legal background, Israeli government policies, investment tips, tax breaks, and much more.

For a good discussion of the business climate in Israel, with specific information about the energy market, go to the Department of Energy's Country Analysis Brief on Israel ( ).

There are more useful links to Israel at the FITA site. Go to, click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column, then scroll down to "Middle East/Africa" and click on Israel in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Israel" in the search box at



Bribery is, unfortunately, an accepted way to do business in some countries. If you're in international trade, it's critical that you know which countries operate by the greased palm system, if only to avoid them. Transparency International ( ), an organization that's part of the global anti-corruption movement, actually has rated which countries are the worst for bribery. Just click on "Bribe Payer's Index" in the dropdown box on the home page, and you'll go to a page where you can download the ratings. You'll also find a Global Corruption Report, information on combatting corruption, and lots more useful information.



Want to know how many people stole cars in Argentina in 2001? Or do you need to know how many women there are in the Parliament of the UK? Or maybe you'd like to know the ratio of males to females in primary school in Afghanistan. You can get the answers to these questions at OFFSTATS ( ), which has links to official international statistics sites. This, site, from the University of Auckland Library, New Zealand, has country statistics in a wide range of topic areas, including: demographics, economics, finance, crime, and religion.



It won't be long before hay fever season comes around, and if you're a hay fever sufferer like me, you'll appreciate the Allergy Prevention Center ( ). Even if you live in a part of the world where hay fever doesn't strike, this site can be helpful -- that's because allergies are wide-ranging, and come in many forms. If you're allergic to pollen, peanuts, seafood, insects, or just about anything else, you'll find information here that could make your allergies more manageable. There are articles, tips, and advice that will help you live a better life, without the sneezing, wheezing, and other discomforts that allergies create.



FITA's Global Trade Book Store ( offers some of the best books and publications available on international business and importing and exporting. Take a look at Building an Import/Export Business, How to Start an Import/Export Business: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Success, Importers Manual USA: The Single Source Reference Encyclopedia for Importing to the United States and much more!



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