IN THIS ISSUE:

Hello, John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. In this issue I profile a site that will help you do business in Seattle (or just do business in general). I also have a site that's your gateway to trade with the Baltic Sea States, and another that will keep you updated on world energy hotspots. Finally, there's a site that gives you the inside scoop on how to find information like an ace reporter.

If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal ( http://fita.org ) at fita.org, an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000+ sites related to international trade.

OUR FEATURED U.S. REGIONAL SITE -- SEATTLE/PACIFIC NORTHWEST

http://www.cityofseattle.net/tda/

Greater Seattle is known for coffeehouses, rain, and Bill Gates' $97 million house. However, I've learned, you could add international trade to that list. The area is one of the most trade-dependent regions in the entire U.S. One in three jobs is tied to international trade, as you would expect from a region whose ports are closer to Asia than any others on the U.S. West Coast.

A valuable Web site for researching trade with Seattle is the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle ( http://www.cityofseattle.net/tda/ ). Here you'll find information on Seattle in 15 languages, a directory of international trade organizations, news, tourism & visitor information, and much more. Click on Trade/Business Information in the left column, and you'll find lots of helpful information for businesses, including a list of links for research (International Business Resources) that's useful no matter what area of the world you're interested in.

There are more useful links to Seattle at the FITA site. Simply type "Seattle" in the search box at http://www.fita.org. For a list of FITA member associations in the Greater Seattle area, go to the FITA member directory ( http://www.fita.org/members.html ) and type "Seattle" in the search box.

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BALTIC SEA STATES

http://bibl.sh.se/baltic

Here's a great resource about the 12 countries that border the Baltic Sea. Baltic Sea States ( http://bibl.sh.se/baltic ) has an easy-to-use format. You just click on a country and then drill down through the categories (General, Business and Economy, News and Media, Society and Social Issues, etc.) to find links to information about that country. Or, you can go right to the categories from the home page, where you'll find region-specific resources. The Baltic region has been going through major changes since the fall of the Soviet Union, and you'll be able to stay current by visiting this Web site.

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THE FITA BUY/SELL EXCHANGE

http://fita.worldbid.com

FITA's business-to-business marketplace at http://fita.worldbid.com helps your company find more business by delivering tender opportunities, RFQ's and qualified offers to buy and sell. The FITA Buy/Sell Exchange give you access to a global network of affiliated trade sites that work together to bring together businesses across borders.

According to Tom Huynh of AAA Wholesale Distributor, "...Worldbid.com [FITA's partner powering the Buy Sell Exchange] has given us an opportunity to conduct our [giftware] business worldwide."

Click here to boost your trading with the FITA Buy/Sell Exchange, powered by Worldbid.com.

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WORLD ENERGY AREAS TO WATCH

http://www.eia.doe.gov/cabs/hot.html

The oil and gas industry is such a critical part of the world economy that a hiccup in the Middle East can affect gas prices halfway around the world. If you'd like to keep up on the hotspots in the energy market, go to World Energy "Areas to Watch" ( http://www.eia.doe.gov/cabs/hot.html ). This Energy Information Administration site has summaries, news, and analysis about current events in countries and regions that are critical to the energy market. For more detailed information, just click on the country, and you'll get a comprehensive "Country Analysis Brief" with a map, background notes, and useful links.

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POWER REPORTING

http://www.powerreporting.com

If you want the inside story on just about anything, ask a journalist. Journalists are trained to get the facts (I know; I worked in newspapers myself), and to dig deep for information. So when I found a Web site with research tools for journalists, I knew it had to be useful. Power Reporting ( http://www.powerreporting.com ) has thousands of links to sites where you can find things like: phone numbers, annual reports, the latest news, encyclopedias, stock quotes, medical statistics, patent filings, sports scores, and much more. Click on "Top 100 sites" and you'll find a great collection of tools to start your research efforts.

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FITA's GLOBAL TRADE BOOK STORE

http://fita.org/marketplace/books.php

FITA's Global Trade Book Store (http://www.fita.org/marketplace/books.php) offers some of the best books and publications available on international business and importing and exporting. Take a look at Export Import, Go Global to Win: The Small Business Guide in a Shrinking World, Import/Export: How to Get Started in International Trade and much more!

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