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  Wednesday, February 16, 2005 Issue 104 Volume 5 Number 4  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• CHILE -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• SMALL BUSINESS GUIDES TO IMPORTING AND EXPORTING
• CHEAPO FLIGHTS IN EUROPE
• JUX2
Hello International Traders!

According to our reader survey, one country you wanted to learn more about was Chile. That's why I've got sites in this issue that will help you tap into the Chilean market. And, do you want to save money when you fly in Europe? I've got a site in this issue that will help you do that. Also, if you're part of a small business, I have a site that will help you boost your international trade. Finally, I found a search engine that gives you the results you won't see on Google or Yahoo alone.

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.

CHILE -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

In the 1990s Chile established itself as a country with a stable government and a growing economy, and that profile hasn't changed in the 21st century. Chile has a lot to offer in terms of trade, especially since the U.S.- Chile Free Trade Agreement took effect last year. Here are some sites to help you learn more about trade with Chile.
  • The U.S.- Chile Free Trade Agreement ( http://www.mac.doc.gov/chileFTA/ ). This International Trade Administration site has the text of the trade agreement; documentation requirements; tips on understanding the rules of origin; a U.S. exporter guide; and industry sector information for Chile.
  • U.S. Commercial Service Country Profile of Chile ( http://www.buyusa.gov/chile/en/ ). There is a lot of good information here for everyone, even non-U.S. companies. Click on "Doing Business in Chile" for a good tutorial on how to make contacts and build your business in Chile.
  • The Economist Country Briefings: Chile ( http://economist.com/countries/Chile/ ). This site has plenty of information to get you up to speed on the Chilean economy. Click on "Economic Structure" for some good background material on Chile, including an economic comparison of Chile with its neighbors. Also, if you click on "Forecast" in the left column, you'll get The Economist magazine's predictions for the next year.

There are many more links to Chile at the FITA site. Go to http://fita.org/webindex, click on "Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas" in the left column, then scroll down to "Latin America and Caribbean" and click on "Chile" in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Chile" in the search box at http://www.fita.org.

And FITA's Global Trade Book Store has a few books about doing business in Chile. Check out especially Guide to Business in Chile 2001-2002 and Doing Business in the New Latin America : A Guide to Cultures, Practices, and Opportunities.

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SMALL BUSINESS GUIDES TO IMPORTING AND EXPORTING


I read somewhere that, contrary to what you'd expect, the lion's share of international trade is done by small businesses. If you want to develop new markets for your small business, there's a good page of information at Small Business Resources ( http://www.iexportimport.com/resources/main.htm ). Here you'll find links to international trade sites; guides to importing and exporting; frequently asked questions about importing and exporting; and a list of incoterms (terms used in international trade). It's a no-frills site with plenty of solid, practical information.

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CHEAPO FLIGHTS IN EUROPE

If you're going to be flying from one European country to another, check out cheap0 ( http://www.cheap0.com ), a site with a database of budget airline routes in Europe. All you do is choose your country and airport of origin and destination, click "search", and you'll find out if there's a budget route available. You can also click on "All Routes" at the top of the page to get a master list, and you can also browse by country, airline, and airport. If you click on "Other Resources" you'll get links to budget ticket agents, travel insurance, accommodations, and car rentals.

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JUX2

Google is still my favorite search engine, although I know that Yahoo and MSN are breathing hard down Google's neck, with their own recently expanded search capabilities. I never knew how much I was missing by only using Google, however, until I tried jux2 ( http://www.jux2.com ). Jux2 allows you to search using Google, Yahoo, and AskJeeves simultaneously, and you can see which results show up in all three search engines, and which show up in only one, or two. This is useful, because, according to jux2, the major search engines typically share fewer than 3.5 of their top 10 results. That means you miss more than 60 percent of relevant results if you only use one search engine. If you really want to be thorough about a search, use jux2.

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