Hello International Traders!|
In our recent survey readers asked for more information about
Costa Rica, so I found two sites that will help you generate more
business with this prosperous Central American country. If you
worry about the credit risk of doing business in certain
countries, I have a site that shows you where the best and worst
risks are. Also, I found a site with lots of useful information
about travel from a woman's perspective. Finally, I have a site
that lists the codes for getting around automated phone answering
systems, so you can speak to a live human being.
And don't forget -- if you'd like more information about
international trade, go to FITA's Really Useful Links (
http://fita.org/webindex/index.html ), which has a link library
of more than 8,000 sites related to international trade.
COSTA RICA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
Costa Rica has been called "the Switzerland of Central America"
for its stable political and economic situation, relatively high
standard of living, and low crime rate. The country has a per
capita GDP that is the equivalent of Asian economies like
Malaysia and Thailand, and last year had imports of US $7.8
billion and exports of US $6.1 billion. If Costa Rica ratifies
the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) as expected in
2006, it will take down some of the country's trade barriers for
countries participating in the agreement.
If you'd like to research trade opportunities with Costa Rica, a
good site to visit is the Canadian Trade Commission's Costa Rica
http://www.infoexport.gc.ca/ie-en/MarketProspect.jsp?cid=632&oid=12 ). Scroll down this page and you'll find links to
fact sheets, market reports, import regulations, free trade
agreements, Costa Rican government agencies, business contacts,
articles, and more useful links.
Another good list of links is at the Latin American Network
Information Center (LANIC) ( http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/ca/cr/ )
at the University of Texas. There are links here in categories
like: Art & Cuture, Economy & Finance, Government, News, Search
Engines, and Radio & Television, to name just a few.
You can find more information by typing "Costa Rica" in the
search box at the top of the FITA ( http://www.fita.org ) main
IVR CHEAT SHEET
Are there any companies left that still use human beings to answer their phones?
Computers have taken over phone duties in many organizations these days, but if
you still like talking to a human, here's a way to get around the computers at
some large companies. IVR
Cheat Sheet ( http://paulenglish.com/ivr/ ) has instructions on what
you can do to connect to a human at various companies. In many cases, it's as
simple as hitting "0" to get an operator, but some systems are more complicated,
and there are valuable tips here on what to do (e.g., "Press 0 twice, ignoring
error message. . ."). There are scores of companies listed here, in many industries,
and the creator of the site has started a list for non U.S. companies also.
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Women who want to get a female perspective on travel should visit Journeywoman ( http://www.journeywoman.com ). This magazine has lots of articles, advice, and
tips on travel for women. You'll find: advice on traveling with children, personal
travel anecdotes, insider information about the best shopping sites, what to wear
in various countries, guides to traveling alone, medical advice, cultural tips,
an e-mail directory of other female travelers, city guides, and more. Actually,
with titles like "Favorite Irish B&Bs", and "Super Spain -- Six Hotels Under (US)
$50", Journeywoman has plenty that male travelers will find interesting too.
COFACE COUNTRY RATINGS
Getting paid for the product or service you deliver is the number
one goal in every business, and companies that do international
trade are naturally concerned with it. You can get a good idea of
the political and financial risk for businesses in different
countries worldwide if you go to Coface Country Ratings (
http://www.coface-usa.com/products_services/country_risk/country_risk_ratings.html ). At this site you can download two
free files: a Country Risk Outlook Report; and a United States
Industry Risk Outlook Report. The first report gives an overview
of the payment risk for regions and countries worldwide, while
the second focuses on U.S. industries. Coface, which is a company
offering trade risk-management solutions, has some fee-based
services available at this site, but the free reports are
definitely worth a look.
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