Wednesday, July 7, 2004 Issue 88 Volume 4 Number 14  
Hello, John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. Chile is a stable, prosperous country with a high level of foreign trade, and I have a site in this issue that will help you crack the Chilean market. And if you need to calculate just about anything quickly, I have a site where you can find the answers you need. Also, I found a site that has tons of data on U.S. and foreign trade and tariffs. Finally, I have a site that will help you find phone numbers, addresses, and driving directions in a matter of seconds.p> 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.


Chile is a long, narrow country between the Andes mountains and the sea, containing one of the world's driest deserts. With that kind of terrain, and 6,400 kilometers of coastline, its no surprise that the Chilean economy has a healthy component of maritime trade. And Chile's trade-based market economy is remarkably stable -- it has the strongest sovereign bond rating in South America, according to the CIA World Factbook.

If you'd like to research trade opportunities with Chile, go to ChileInfo ( ). This Chilean Trade Commission site has a wealth of information, including economic statistics, a trade show calendar, business news, a travel guide, information on investing in Chile, and guides to importing and exporting with Chile. Scroll down to the Product Channels for information about specific Chilean industries, and contacts within those industries.

You'll find other useful links to Chile at the FITA site. Go to FITA's International Trade Web Resources at, click on Regional Resources then go to Latin America and click on Chile in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Chile" in the search box at The Guide to Business in Chile 2001-2002, Doing Business in the New Latin America : A Guide to Cultures, Practices, and Opportunities, and Doing Business With Latin America are great books on trade with Chile in the FITA Global Trade Bookstore.



FITA's business-to-business marketplace at helps your company find more business by delivering tender opportunities, RFQ's and qualified offers to buy and sell. The FITA Buy/Sell Exchange give you access to a global network of affiliated trade sites that work together to bring together businesses across borders.

According to Tom Huynh of AAA Wholesale Distributor, " [FITA's partner powering the Buy Sell Exchange] has given us an opportunity to conduct our [giftware] business worldwide."

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You can find a calculator for just about anything on the Web, and if you don't believe me, go to Martindale's Calculators On-Line Center ( ). At publication, this site had 18,610 calculators, with more added every day. What do all those calculators do, you ask? That's the amazing part. There are calculators for ship schedules, global surf reports, movie showtimes, global tides and currents, climate dynamics, molecular biology, radioactive decay, new & used car pricing, gambling odds & percentages, winemaking, women's clothing sizes -- whew, it's tiring me out just to list all this stuff. Whether you're working on an arcane science project, or you just want to find out how much of a tip you should leave for a restaurant bill, you'll find a calculator to help you at this amazing site.



Let's say you're looking for a statistic like the total U.S. vehicle exports to the Bahamas in 2003. You can find that at the USITC Interactive Tariff and Trade DataWeb ( ). This site provides international trade statistics and U.S. tariff data free of charge. You simply select a category at the home page, then fine-tune your search, and you'll get a customized report that you can read and download. You can also create and save customized country and product lists for future re-use. International trade data are available for years from 1989 to the present on a monthly, quarterly, annual, or year-to- date basis, and you can retrieve them in a number of classification systems, including the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS), the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC), or the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Finally, you can access current U.S. tariff information at this site.



There are a bunch of sites on the Web where you can search for phone numbers, but if you're pressed for time, go to Craig's Phone Finder ( ). This site has a form that will help you search seven leading phone number databases. It's great for locating those hard-to-find numbers that might not be in all databases. Craig's also has a reverse search (find the name and address of someone when you know their phone number) and a mapping function (enter an address and get a map and driving directions).


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