Monday, July 9, 2001
Here's your latest
issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals.
This free bi-weekly newsletter reviews useful Web sites
from the Web Resources database at FITA's
International Trade / Import-Export Portal at www.fita.org/webindex,
an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and
a link library of 7,000+ sites related to international trade.
To see past issues, click on "Archive" on the bottom of this page or go to FITA's Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals at www.fita.org/useful.html.
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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.
NEW AT FITA
My first site today is close to home. The Federation of
International Trade Associations site has some new resources that
are definitely worth a look. First, there's the new FITA Business
Travel Hub at fita.org/travel, where you travelers
can find low airfares, travel bargains, hotel and restaurant
reviews (find out beforehand whether the food is edible), travel
accessories, and much more . You should also check out the new
and improved FITA Trade Resources section at fita.org/trade_info.html, which has links to world news
stories, video broadcasts from experts on international trade,
articles, interviews, directories of companies and trade
associations, an index of more than 3000 trade-related Web
resources, and lots of other goodies.
I keep reading that the 21st century will be China's time of
biggest growth, and if that's true we all should look at this
next site. tdctrade.com, developed by
the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, is a gateway to
information about doing business in China and Hong Kong. Here
you'll find market intelligence, trade contacts, product
catalogues, trade fair information, news, cargo tracking, stock
quotes and exchange rates, and thousands of links to Web
resources that will help you achieve success in this market.
KEEP ON TRUCKIN'
There's one place on the Web you can go to if you need to find a
listing of truck stops around the world. It's the Virtual Library
of Logistics at www.logisticsworld.com/logistics/, and
although it may not answer every question you have (Do they
really play Willie Nelson songs at truck stops in Saudi Arabia?),
it's a good gateway to information about logistics, the science
of moving people or material from one place to another. Here
you'll find a guide to thousands of sites related to
transportation, warehousing, distribution, supply, maintenance,
manufacturing, and much more. It's amazing what you can find
here. For example, type in "cargo tracking" and you'll get links
to 59 cargo tracking sites (to see more information about each
site, click on "Show Abstracts").
Your Nation at www.your-nation.com/ is a site that
presents statistics about countries in a fun way that's easy to
grasp. You can compare various characteristics of any two
countries -- simply choose the countries, select the comparison
(birth rate, population, exports, total land area, literacy,
etc.) and Your Nation does the rest. You'll find some fascinating
facts here -- for example, did you know that although the
population of Turkey is almost three times that of Taiwan, Taiwan
has more television sets (are they all watching two or three
sets at once)? Or that tiny Latvia spends more than twice as much
of its GDP on its military than Spain? You can find these stats
in other places on the Web, but you won't find them presented in
a more appealing way. Note: if you don't have Macromedia Flash
installed on your browser you'll see a blank space where the
graphics should appear. Click on the "help" button and you'll be
able to change the settings so you can see the graphics.
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