Hello International Traders!|
In this issue I have a portal to research on the Philippines, a
growing Asian market. Also, I found a site from the World Bank
with thousands of research reports you can download for free.
I've also got a site that will tell you all you need to know
about the value added tax in Europe. Finally, I've got a site
that's a tv lover's dream, with reviews and information about
thousands of shows.
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.
| THE PHILIPPINES -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE|
The Philippines is a country made up of over 7,000 islands.
People who live on islands know all about trade, because few
islands are self-sufficient, and residents usually need to import
goods onto their island to survive. Filipinos have been trading
with their Asian neighbors for thousands of years, and in the
21st century their country is still a fertile market for trade.
If you'd like to explore opportunities for trade with the Philippines, go
to The US-ASEAN
Business Council's Philippines page ( http://www.us-asean.org/philippines.asp
), Here you'll find the latest business and trade news, plus lots more. Click
on "country profile", "economic indicator", "business guide" or other categories
at the top of the page and you'll get detailed reports that will help you learn
about the Philippine economy, government, political situation, foreign relations,
travel conditions, and more. If you click on "Important Links" you'll get links
to newspapers and wire services, government agencies, and other useful sites.
There are more useful links to the Philippines at the FITA site. Simply go
then go to Asia and click on Philippines. Or, you can type "Philippines" in
the search box at http://www.fita.org.
There are some great books on trade with Philippines in the FITA
Global Trade Bookstore, including Passport
Philippines: Your Pocket Guide to Filipino Business, Customs and Etiquette,
Philippines Business Guide, and Between
Two Worlds - Society, Politics, and Business in the Philippines.
There are lots of sources for country research on the Web, but they're scattered
across so many sites that you could spend hours finding all of them. That's why
I was ecstatic when I found IPAnet
( http://www.ipanet.net ). This site, which is run by a World Bank agency, has
thousands of free research documents you can download. For country profiles, just
click on "Business: Country Overview", and you'll find research by region and
country -- lots of it (there are 210 sources on East and Southeast Asia alone).
Besides country studies, you'll also find economic data, market research, investment-related
laws and treaties, and specific investment opportunities.
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EUROPEAN UNION VALUE ADDED TAX
Every member state of the European Union has a value added tax (VAT). The rates
vary from 15 to 25 percent among the member states and among certain types of
products. If you do business with EU countries you need to know about Value Added
Tax, and a good place to get up to speed is European
Union Value Added Tax ( http://www.eurunion.org/legislat/VATweb.htm ). This
site has links to information about VAT rates, legislation, proposals, refund
procedures, and everything else you need to know.
One thing you may not know is that companies can reclaim the VAT on specific
business expenses. A lot of companies don't seem to know this -- according to
some estimates, US companies are currently reclaiming only 20 percent of the
more than $1 billion they are paying in VAT in Europe, whereas German companies
are giving away an estimated $1.2 billion in unclaimed European VAT refunds.
The VAT Recovery
Group, headquartered in Germany, can help you recover your VAT expenses.
You'll find a link to them at the FITA site ( http://www.fita.org/marketplace/vat.html
Although I'm not a tv addict, I did shed a tear at the last episode of "Frasier",
because I got attached to the characters after so many years. That's why a site
like TV Tome ( http://www.tvtome.com
) can be such fun. TV Tome has guides to over 2,100 shows, covering all the current
shows and many classic shows. The guides have information on the cast and crew
of each show, plus a list of episodes, reviews, a "goofs guide" which points out
mistakes in the episodes, and a message forum. TV Tome also has tv news, including
a fall schedule, information about shows in development, and much more. It's a
tv fan's dream.
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