Hello International Traders!|
Algeria is a country in North Africa with many opportunities for
trade, and I have a site in this issue that will help you
research the Algerian market. Also, if you're doing research on
Canada, I have a site that's easy to use and full of useful
information. Are you taking a flight from a U.S. airport soon?
You'll be happy to know I've got a site in this issue that tells
you how long you'll have to wait at security checkpoints.
Finally, I've got a link to the Consumer Reports site, where
you'll find reliable, unbiased information on hundreds of
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.
| ALGERIA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE|
Algeria has a long history of trade. The Phoenicians, renowned
traders of the ancient world, founded a seaport there to trade
with countries along the Mediterranean. These days, Algeria is
still trading, although on a more global scale.
If you'd like to find out more about trade with Algeria, a good
site to visit is The Economist Country Briefing on Algeria (
http://www.economist.com/countries/Algeria/ ) which has breaking
news, background reports, economic analysis and forecasts,
currency exchange rates, links to useful Web sites, and much
There are more useful links to Algeria at the FITA site. Simply
go to http://www.fita.org/webindex/countries.html, then go to
"Middle East/Africa" and click on Algeria. Or, you can type
"Algeria" in the search box at http://www.fita.org.
CANADIAN ECONOMY ONLINE -- CANADA AT A GLANCE
When you eat at a fine restaurant, the presentation is half the
fun of the dining experience. It's the same thing with Web sites.
The way the information is presented has a lot to do with how
useful the site is. Canadian Economy Online (
http://www.canadianeconomy.gc.ca/english/economy/index.cfm ) gets
four stars for its presentation. This Canadian government site is
well-designed and easy to use. You just click on the hot list of
topics you're interested in (Inflation Rate, Exports, Imports,
etc.), or choose the broader categories (Families & Workers,
Money, International Issues) and select the report you want to
read. In addition, there's a section that explains economic terms
and concepts, and if you click on the "Captain Economy" character
you'll get a useful overview of the Canadian economy.
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TSA WAIT TIMES -- HOW LONG WILL YOU WAIT?
It's a fact of life these days that you have to get to the
airport early when you travel, because of lines at security
checkpoints. Now there's a Web site you can search to find how
long you'll have to wait at these checkpoints in U.S. airports.
At TSA Wait Times ( http://waittime.tsa.dhs.gov/index.html ), a
site created by the Transportation Security Administration, you
just select the airport, day of the week, and time of departure,
and you can find out the average and maximum wait times at
various security checkpoints. It's a useful tool for trip
planning in this age of heightened security.
CONSUMER REPORTS -- UNBIASED PRODUCT REVIEWS
Consumer Reports was almost as revered as the Bible in our home,
and my father never made a large purchase without consulting the
magazine. Since the 1930s, the Consumers Union has been testing
and reporting on products to let consumers know about the safety
and value of what they're purchasing, and now there's Consumer
Reports Web site (
where you can find some of the same information. As always,
Consumers Union accepts no outside advertising, no free test
samples, and has no agenda other than the interests of consumers
-- so you know its product reviews are objective and unbiased.
Come to this site to find reviews of everything from automobiles
to mutual funds to wine, and hundreds of other products. You need
to subscribe to read the reports, but the fee is minimal.
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