| 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 ( http://fita.org ), an excellent
source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000
sites related to international trade.
| CHILE -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY|
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
( http://www.chileinfo.com/inicio/home2.php ). 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
You'll find other useful links to Chile at the FITA site. Go to FITA's
International Trade Web Resources at http://fita.org/webindex/index.html,
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 http://www.fita.org.
Guide to Business in Chile 2001-2002, Doing
Business in the New Latin America : A Guide to Cultures, Practices, and Opportunities,
Business With Latin America are great books on trade with Chile in the
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MARTINDALE'S CALCULATORS ON-LINE
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 ( http://www.martindalecenter.com/Calculators.html
). 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
USITC TARIFF AND TRADE DATAWEB
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 ( http://dataweb.usitc.gov/ ). 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.
CRAIG'S PHONE FINDER
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 ( http://www.craigball.com/phonefind.html ). 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
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