| Hello international traders! Ukraine
used to be called "the breadbasket of the Soviet Union". These days
it's a thriving country with great opportunities for trade, and I
found a site that will help you get familiar with it fast. Also, if
you have business in Europe, I have a great site for you, with daily
news and headlines. Airline travelers will love SeatGuru.com, the
site I found that shows you airplane diagrams and gives information
about seating. Finally, I have a site that U.S. citizens should visit
before they go abroad, because it has a list of every country's entry
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.
| UKRAINE -- OUR FEATURED
During the heyday of the Soviet Union, Ukraine was the
most important region, economically. It produced four times
the output of the next-ranking republic, and its farms accounted
for one- fourth of the entire USSR agricultural output. When
the USSR broke up, Ukraine struggled with the many changes that
came as a result of independence, but the country seems to be
adjusting well now -- exports were a solid $18 billion in 2002,
while imports were also $18 billion.
If you'd like to learn more about opportunities for trade
with Ukraine, go to the Ukraine
page at REENIC ( http://menic.utexas.edu/reenic/countries/ukraine.html
). This is a site at the University of Texas at Austin, and
it's chock-full of useful information. You'll find links to
Ukrainian associations, government agencies, statistics, trade
leads, maps, hotel and transportation information, news, political
reports, country profiles, market reports, and much more.
There are many more links to Ukraine 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 Europe and click on
Ukraine in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Ukraine" in
the search box at http://www.fita.org.
Business in the Ukraine and Succeeding
in Business in Central and Eastern Europe, A Guide to Cultures,
Markets, and Practices are great books on trade with
Ukraine in the FITA
Global Trade Bookstore.
One of the things I love about the Web is how it gives
me so many ways to keep up with the day's headlines. For example,
if I want to find out what's happening in Brussels, Berlin,
or Budapest, I can go to Europe
Daily ( http://www.europedaily.com/ ). This is a gateway
to all the news affecting the continent of Europe, and it's
got headlines and in-depth stories right at your fingertips.
Use the directory in the left column to focus on news by region
(East Europe, Central Europe, etc.), or topic (Business, Politics,
Sport, etc.). If you need to keep up with what's happening in
Europe, this is the site for you.
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I've never taken one of those marathon flights from the
U.S. to Australia, but if I ever do I'll check SeatGuru.com
( http://seatguru.com ) first. This handy site has information
about the seating on various U.S. and international airlines.
You can find out if your seat reclines, where it's located in
the airplane, whether it has extra legroom, and if it has floor
storage space, among other things. You just move your mouse
over a diagram of the plane, and SeatGuru.com will show you
the information. Besides seat information, this site will tell
you what kind of in-flight amenities are available.
FOREIGN ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
It's a good idea, if you're a U.S. citizen who's planning
a trip abroad, to visit Foreign
Entry Requirements ( http://travel.state.gov/foreignentryreqs.html
). This State Department site gives vital information about
the entry requirements of various countries. You may not know,
for example, that many countries require you to have an onward/return
ticket before they'll let you enter. In addition, some countries
require you to show a certificate of yellow fever vaccination,
or even proof that you tested negative for AIDS. You don't want
to arrive at a country and be denied entry because of some detail
you didn't know about, so visit this site before you go!
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