Wednesday, November 19, 2003 Issue 72 Volume 3 Number 24  

Hello, John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. This issue we look to South America for resources on Argentina, a fertile land for trade. Do you like turkey? You'll find plenty of delicious information about turkeys at Want to sell to the government? Visit B2GMarket, and you'll find tons of leads just waiting to be pursued. Finally, I have a site with links to hundreds of country-specific search engines, so you can target your searches and save time.

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


Mention Argentina and most people will think of Evita, the tango, world class soccer teams, and gauchos riding the pampas. But look a little closer, and you'll see that Argentina is more than that. The second largest country in South America, Argentina has a highly literate population, vast natural resources, and an economy that has been progressively easing its trade barriers. Imports in 2002 were US $9 billion, while exports were US $25 billion, so there's definitely potential here for anyone interested in international trade.

Here are some sites and resources to get you started.

Argentina Business ( ). Here you'll find loads of data about Argentina's economy. There are links to country profiles from U.S. and international organizations (CIA, World Bank), and economic data from the Argentine government, including production and trade statistics by industry, as well as the latest news, stock market quotes, and bank rates.

Trade Leads On-line ( ). This site also has market information and economic data, but in addition it has a database where you can post trade leads. Just scroll down the page and click on the section you want to go to.

The Chamber of the Americas is a FITA member association that promotes business with Latin America. Click here to request to be put on their mailing list that sends information about issues and events related to business in Latin America.

FITA's Global Trade Book Store offers an extensive collection of books about doing business in Latin America. Click here for the Latin America Global Trade Book Store. There are many more links to Argentina 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 Latin America and click on Argentina in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Argentina" in the search box at



Governments are some of the biggest consumers of goods and services in the world, and you can't neglect them if you're looking for new markets. One way to find out what governments are buying is to visit B2GMarket ( ). This site has a database of government procurement information, both in the U.S. (federal, state, and local governments), and internationally. You can search for bid opportunities, analyze purchasing histories of government agencies, review contract histories (to see who buys what from whom), pinpoint federal purchasing officers, and more. The cost is $29.95 a month, but you can try it free for one week to see if B2GMarket is right for you.


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There's no denying that the big search engines like Google and Yahoo are useful, but when I want specific information I sometimes find it's better to use a smaller, more targeted search engine. This is especially true if you're looking for information specific to a country. That's where the Directory of Search Engines ( ) comes in handy. This is a page of links to country-specific search engines, and you'll be amazed at how many there are. There are five search engines that pertain to Haiti, for example. Tiny Liechtenstein has four. You'll find more accurate information quicker by using these search engines, and it's certainly faster than slogging through hundreds of pages of hits on Google.


EATTURKEY.COM ( ). Although Thanksgiving is a U.S. holiday, people all over the world enjoy turkey, which is why I thought this site would be useful. has everything you'll ever want to know about turkeys -- recipes, cooking tips, chef demonstration videos, facts & statistics (did you know Ben Franklin wanted the turkey named America's national bird?), and much more.


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