|Monday, March 5, 2001
||VOLUME 1 ISSUE 2
Here's your latest issue of
Really Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional.
This free bi-weekly newsletter reviews useful Web sites
from the Web Resources database at FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export
Portal at http://fita.org, an excellent source for
trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000+ sites related to international trade.
Please feel free to pass this newsletter on to others.
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.
Small and medium-sized
U.S. firms that would like to export their products
will find a valuable resource in Export Process Assistant,
at www.cob.ohio-state.edu/citm/expadocs/. ExPA, created
by Ohio State University, has an easy-to-use tutorial
that will guide you to sources of information on overseas
markets, trade data, trade leads, and free governmental
assistance available to exporters. You'll also find
links to business and legal practices reports for various
countries, economic policy reports, geographic information
and maps, demographic data, best markets reports, industry
specific reports, and more. One part I think is particularly
useful is the Company Self-Assesment. By answering the
questions on this page, you'll get a clear idea of whether
your company is ready to start exporting. There's also
a step-by-step demonstration of how to research a foreign
market, using Malaysia as an example.
There are lots of options
for shipping packages these days, and if you want to
choose the best one, go to InterShipper at
www.intershipper.net. This site lets you to enter the
size or weight specifications of a package and analyze
all your shipping options and guaranteed delivery times
and costs. It will help you choose the best rate, call
for a pickup or locate a drop-off location, track shipments
automatically, and notify you or the recipient when
the package is delivered, or if it's delayed.
Are your prospects part of the international trade
community? If so, here's an opportunity to showcase
your service or product to 50,000 subscribers of Really
Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional.
FITA now offers limited sponsorship opportunities to
selected organizations. For information, please contact
Barney Lehrer, Director of eCommerce Development at
or 1-800-969-FITA extension 4.
One of the first steps
toward exporting your products is researching new markets,
and the good news is there are lots of places on the
Web where you can do that. One of my favorites is the
Market Research page at Strategis
Strategis is a Canadian government site that promotes
trade, and this page is particularly useful. Just click
on the region and country you're interested in, and
you'll get a list of links to detailed reports about
that country, many from U.S. government sources like
the CIA World Factbook and STAT-USA.
|ADDRESSES AND SALUTATIONS
To do business successfully
with other countries you need more than just good products
and the skill to sell them. You also need to be sensitive
to business etiquette, the customs and traditions that
are observed by businesses in each country. International
Addresses and Salutations at www.bspage.com/address.html
will help you with that. It's a page with examples of
the correct forms of postal addressing for various countries,
along with brief explanations of how to address men
and women in business. Here you'll find that women in
business in Italy are addressed as Signora, and that
in Japan a person's given name is normally not used
in business, to give two examples.
|Published by Federation
of International Trade Associations
2001 The Federation of International Trade Associations.
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