Really Useful Sites For International Trade Professionals

Monday, May 28, 2001 Issue 8 VOLUME 1 ISSUE 8  

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.


I always like Web sites that are created and maintained by librarians. Librarians are skilled at finding and organizing sources of information, whether in book or electronic form, so you know a librarian's site will be worth visiting. Once such site is Virtual International Business & Economic Sources (VIBES) at, created by Jeanie M. Welch, a librarian at the University of North Carolina. The information on this site is as unbiased and reliable as you're going to find on the Net.

VIBES gives you quality, not quantity. Instead of overwhelming you with thousands of links to Web sites, most of which are useless, outdated, or lacking in content, Jeanie has carefully put together a list of 1,600 links to free international business and economic information on the Internet, much of it from government or academic sources. Click on the Table of Contents and you'll see a subject list that goes from Agricultural & Forest Products to Trade Issues & Statistics. There's also a list of sites devoted to specific regions of the world, and an alphabetical list of sites devoted to countries.

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.


And while we're on the subject of librarians, here's another site that has a librarian's fingerprints on it. Nanyang Technological University's Virtual Library Subject Guides at has a treasure trove of information, especially about Asia. Their Singapore and Asia section has tons of resources, and you'll also find lots of good links if you scroll down to their International Resources section.


Sometimes I fantasize about chucking my suburban life and moving to Paris, or Rome, or maybe even Hong Kong. It's just a fantasy, but if I ever want to make it a reality the first place I'll visit is at This Web site has postings for jobs all over the world. You can search by country, job category, or keyword, and your search will return a list of jobs that fit your criteria. If you see one you like, you can click on it to get detailed information about the job, along with contact information. This site works for both employers and job seekers. Employers can post their jobs, search for international resumes posted by job seekers, create resume search agents, and track the status of each applicant. The site is free for employers and applicants.

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