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Hello, international traders! In this issue I spotlight two sites about Norway, one of the world's wealthiest countries. Then, I've got a site from the U.S. Customs Service that will give you the tools to get started importing and exporting. I also found a site that has a searchable database of all the world's free trade agreements -- and you can use it for free. Finally, I have a very useful portal to the best search engines on the planet. Happy searching!

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.


Until recently, if you said "Norway" to me, I'd think of Vikings, fjords, and gold medal skiers in the Winter Olympics. However, after some research I discovered that Norway is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and that some say it has the highest quality of life anywhere. Norway had imports of US $37 billion in 2002, and has minimal trade barriers, so it has lots of potential as a market. If you'd like to research opportunities for trade with Norway, here are two good places to start:

The U.S. Treasury Department's Trade & Economic Profile for Norway ( ) has links to country profiles, Norwegian government sites, financial data, and more.

The Norway page at Baltic Sea States ( ) has scores of links to news, statistics, organizations, libraries, chamber of commerce sites, and research.

There are many more links to Norway at the FITA site. Go to FITA's International Trade Web Resources at, click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column, then scroll down to Europe and click on Norway in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Norway" in the search box at There are some great books on trade with Europe in the FITA Global Trade Bookstore, including Exporting to Scandinavia.



If you're researching trade with a certain country, you need to look at any free trade agreements that country participates in. Now there's a new resource to help you with that task. The Center for International Business at Dartmouth University's Trade Agreements Database & Archive ( ) has searchable versions of 164 bilateral and regional free trade and customs union agreements worldwide. You can search this archive and download the full-text versions of the agreements in PDF format. It's a great resource that is continually being updated, so it's worth bookmarking for future use.



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You just purchased a quantity of gourmet cheese from Italy on the Internet, and you can't wait for it to arrive. What you don't know is that the U.S. Customs Service could seize your purchase, because regulations prohibit the import of dairy products from certain countries without a permit. To avoid the specter of a Customs agent knocking on your door, you need to go to the U.S. Customs site Did You Know? Tips for New Importers and Exporters ( know.xml ). Here you'll find lots of tips and information about complying with Customs regulations for both importing and exporting, clearly written and easy to understand.



I don't like to waste time when I'm looking for information on the Web. I'm usually in a hurry, and I want to find what I'm looking for as soon as possible. That's why a site like iTools ( ) is so valuable. It's an all-in-one search page that you can use to find whatever you need on the Web. Just type your query in the search box and you can find Web sites, phone numbers, discussion groups, addresses, word definitions, translations, the latest news, quotations, encyclopedia entries, and more. If your initial search is fruitless, click on "More search tools" and you'll go to a page with eight more search engines you can use.


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