Really Useful Sites For International Trade Professionals

Monday, May 14, 2001 Issue 7   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 7  

Here's your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional. 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.

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My name is John McDonnell, and for years I wrote a weekly e- newsletter that profiled business-oriented Web sites. Now I'm using my Web research skills to find sites that are useful for international trade, as well as some fun sites that you'll enjoy visiting.


It's Springtime and my pollen allergies are kicking in, so I'm writing this while sneezing and rubbing my inflamed, itchy eyes. Someday I'm going to move to a place where there's a scarcity of pollen, so I won't go through this annual torture.

I looked for a country like that at Barclays Corporate Banking Internet Site at, which has profiles of countries worldwide, but there was no information about pollen counts. However, you'll find lots of other information simply by clicking on "Economic Reports" in the left column. You'll be able to read profiles of dozens of countries showing recent economic trends, top 10 trading partners, short term interest rates, inflation numbers, exchange rates, and lots more.


You may think that etiquette is only for dinner parties, but there's also a proper way to behave in business, and if you want to smooth your way in the import-export game, go to Export Etiquette at This page was originally written for French businesspeople, but it has great advice no matter what country you're from.

Are your prospects part of the international trade community? If so, here's an opportunity to showcase your service or product to 50,000 subscribers of Really Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional. FITA now offers limited sponsorship opportunities to selected organizations. For information, please contact Barney Lehrer, Director of eCommerce Development at or 1-800-969-FITA extension 4.


If I had a product that would make life easier for someone in the beverage processing industry in Australia, I'd want to place an advertisement about it in a magazine called Food Australia. I know about Food Australia because I searched the database at at This site has a database of 40,000 international business-to-business publications with editorial profiles, current ad rates, circulation information, and more. You search by industry and country, and when you find a magazine you like, will send you detailed information about the publication within 24 hours, at no cost or obligation to advertise.


There are so many search engines on the Web these days that now there's a search engine for finding search engines. FinderSeeker at will help you find the right search engine for your needs. Just select the category and country that you're interested in, and FinderSeeker will give you a list of search engines that fit your needs. Hint: you'll get more results if you don't specify a keyword.

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