Wednesday, April 14, 2004 Issue 82 Volume 4 Number 8  

Hello international traders! Malaysia is a country with a need for trade, and I have a link in this issue to a site that will help you grow your business with that country. I also found a site that puts the correct time for all 24 world time zones at your fingertips. And if you're doing business in China, I have a site that will give you biographies of all the movers and shakers there. Finally, I have a site that gives you expert answers for just about any question you can think of!

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.


Malaysia is a country where badminton tournaments draw 15,000 fans; where there are more reigning sultans (nine) than in any other country; and where the world's tallest buildings (the 452 meter high Petronas Twin Towers) stand. Malaysia also has a thriving economy with a large emphasis on trade (US $95 billion in exports in 2002, and US $76 billion in imports).

If you'd like to research opportunities for trade with Malaysia, go to the U.S. Commercial Service Malaysia Page ( ). Click on "Doing Business in Malaysia" and you'll find reports on current market conditions and upcoming opportunities; 250 reports on Malaysian industries; information on the best prospects for exporting to Malaysia; a country commercial guide; a list of trade events; and more. The site is oriented toward U.S. companies, but there's plenty of good information here no matter what country you're from.

There are many more links to Malaysia at the FITA site. Go to FITA's International Trade Web Resources at, click on Regional Resources then go to Asia and click on Malaysia in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Malaysia" in the search box at There are some great books on trade with Malaysia in the FITA Global Trade Bookstore, including Business Guide to Malaysia, Doing Business in Asia: The Complete Guide and Doing Business in East Asia: A Practical Guide to China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.



Time is important in any kind of business, but it's critical in international business, where there are 24 different time zones to deal with. If your business is affected by time differences, go to World Map of Time Zones ( ) and you'll find the answers you need. You can view a world time map, individual country maps, a map of countries that use Daylight Saving Time, and a listing of current times in every country of the world (click on the navigation buttons at the top of the page to view these options). You can even view a map that shows where it's night and day across the globe right now. This is a very practical site in our time-conscious world.



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Business is all about people, and who you know is sometimes the most important factor in making a deal. That's why China Vitae ( ) is such a useful site. China Vitae has a database with biographies of more than 2500 current Chinese political, military, business, and academic leaders. The capsule biographies show the leader's place of origin, education, work history and organizational affiliations. They're a great way to get background information on someone you may be dealing with, if you do business in China. And China Vitae lets you search for relationships among biographies, such as if two people worked at the same company at some point in their careers. There is also a database which tracks the public appearances of several hundred senior Chinese officials, allowing you to follow the daily activities of these VIPs who influence Chinese policies.



Want to know how to set up a home recording system? Or maybe you need to know the best places to stay in New Zealand. Or then again, you might want to know the ins and outs of ship chartering. For the answers to these and just about any other questions, go to ( ). is the oldest and largest free Q&A service on the Internet. All you do is select a category, then read the biographies of the experts listed there. When you've found the right expert, click on "Ask a Question" and you'll be able to send an e-mail with your query. The expert will then send you an answer, usually within hours. You can also browse past questions and answers, by scrolling down to "Previously asked questions" in each category.


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