Hello, John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really
Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. This issue we
look to South America for resources on Argentina, a fertile land
for trade. Do you like turkey? You'll find plenty of delicious
information about turkeys at Eatturkey.com. Want to sell to the
government? Visit B2GMarket, and you'll find tons of leads just
waiting to be pursued. Finally, I have a site with links to
hundreds of country-specific search engines, so you can target
your searches and save time.|
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.
| ARGENTINA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE|
Mention Argentina and most people will think of Evita, the tango,
world class soccer teams, and gauchos riding the pampas. But look
a little closer, and you'll see that Argentina is more than that.
The second largest country in South America, Argentina has a
highly literate population, vast natural resources, and an
economy that has been progressively easing its trade barriers.
Imports in 2002 were US $9 billion, while exports were US $25
billion, so there's definitely potential here for anyone
interested in international trade.
Here are some sites and resources to get you started.
( http://www.invertir.com/index.html ). Here you'll find loads
of data about Argentina's economy. There are links to country
profiles from U.S. and international organizations (CIA, World
Bank), and economic data from the Argentine government, including
production and trade statistics by industry, as well as the
latest news, stock market quotes, and bank rates.
Leads On-line ( http://www.tradeline.com.ar ). This site
also has market information and economic data, but in addition
it has a database where you can post trade leads. Just scroll
down the page and click on the section you want to go to.
of the Americas is a FITA member association that promotes
business with Latin America. Click
here to request to be put on their mailing list that sends
information about issues and events related to business in
Global Trade Book Store offers an extensive collection
of books about doing business in Latin America. Click
here for the Latin America Global Trade Book Store. There
are many more links to Argentina at the FITA site. Go to the
Trade Web Resources (http://fita.org/webindex), click
on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the
left column, then scroll down to Latin America and click on
Argentina in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Argentina"
in the search box at http://www.fita.org.
Governments are some of the biggest consumers of goods
and services in the world, and you can't neglect them if you're
looking for new markets. One way to find out what governments
are buying is to visit B2GMarket
( www.b2gplace.com ). This site has a database of government
procurement information, both in the U.S. (federal, state, and
local governments), and internationally. You can search for
bid opportunities, analyze purchasing histories of government
agencies, review contract histories (to see who buys what from
whom), pinpoint federal purchasing officers, and more. The cost
is $29.95 a month, but you can try it free for one week to see
if B2GMarket is right for you.
DIRECTORY OF SEARCH ENGINES
There's no denying that the big search engines like Google
and Yahoo are useful, but when I want specific information I
sometimes find it's better to use a smaller, more targeted search
engine. This is especially true if you're looking for information
specific to a country. That's where the Directory
of Search Engines (www.searchengines.ultimate-resources.com
) comes in handy. This is a page of links to country-specific
search engines, and you'll be amazed at how many there are.
There are five search engines that pertain to Haiti, for example.
Tiny Liechtenstein has four. You'll find more accurate information
quicker by using these search engines, and it's certainly faster
than slogging through hundreds of pages of hits on Google.
( www.eatturkey.com ). Although Thanksgiving is a U.S. holiday,
people all over the world enjoy turkey, which is why I thought
this site would be useful. Eatturkey.com has everything you'll
ever want to know about turkeys -- recipes, cooking tips, chef
demonstration videos, facts & statistics (did you know Ben Franklin
wanted the turkey named America's national bird?), and much
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