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  Wednesday, March 2, 2005 Issue 105 Volume 5 Number 5  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• MALAYSIA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• FRAGOMEN COUNTRY BRIEFS
• WORLD TRADE POINT FEDERATION
• WORD ANSWERS
• FEATURED JOB FROM FITA'S CAREER HQ

Hello International Traders!

In our reader survey many of you said you wanted to learn more about Malaysia, so I found a site with dozens of links to quality information about that Southeast Asian country. I also have a site with a searchable database of all the passport, visa, and other documentation you need for hundreds of countries worldwide. And, I uncovered another gem of a site with market research information for countries around the globe. Finally, if you're one of the millions of people who use Microsoft Word, I found a site that will help you fine tune your Word documents, and make them sparkle!

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.

MALAYSIA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

Situated in the heart of Southeast Asia at one of the world's major crossroads, Malaysia has always been pivotal to trade routes from Europe, the Orient, India and China. Malaysia still maintains a healthy trade sector, with US $98 billion in exports in 2003, and US $74 billion in imports that same year. Malaysia was hit hard by the December tsunami, but the country is on the road to recovery, with help from its international friends.

If you'd like to learn more about trade with Malaysia, go to Malaysia: An Annotated Directory of Internet Resources ( http://newton.uor.edu/Departments&Programs/AsianStudiesDept/malaysia.html ), a site published by the University of Redlands. Here you'll find dozens of links to news, statistics, economic profiles, government agencies, tsunami relief, the Malaysian stock exchange, market information, the political landscape, and much more.

There are many more links to Malaysia 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 "Asia" and click on "Malaysia" in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Malaysia" in the search box at http://www.fita.org.

And FITA's Global Trade Book Store has a few books about doing business in Malaysia. Check out especially Malaysia Business Intelligence Report, Doing Business in Asia: The Complete Guide and Culture Shock!: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at Your Door (Culture Shock! at Your Door).
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FRAGOMEN COUNTRY BRIEFS


In these times of heightened national security, many countries have expanded their entry requirements for visitors. It's important to know what documents are required before you travel, and a good place to find that out is Fragomen Country Briefs ( http://www.fragomen.com/resources/cdbase.shtml ). Just click on a country at this page, and you'll get an excellent overview of the rules and regulations concerning passports, visas, immigration documents, corporate applications, and other relevant matters for that country.

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MEDJET ASSISTANCE: PEACE OF MIND WHEN TRAVELERS NEED IT MOST
http://www.fita.org/travel/medjetdescript.htm

A medical doctor from West Virginia was on vacation with his wife in Rome recently when they had an extreme medical emergency. As MEDJET Assistance members, they made a collect call to the 24 hour hotline and received quick assistance.

They wrote, "My wife and I wish to express our deep appreciation for your rapid and professional response to our medical emergency in Rome. We were amazed at how you took care of the most minute detail and made it possible for us to return to medical care in the States as quickly as possible. When we tell people about our experience and how expertly you handled our return to the United States they cannot believe that this could be done so expertly and efficiently."

MEDJET Assistance is an annual membership program for U.S-based travelers providing air medical transportation to its members should they become hospitalized due to accident or illness virtually anywhere in the world. The program transports members, free of charge, to the hospital of their choice, most often in medically equipped and staffed jets. Click on www.fita.org/travel/medjetdescript.htm to become a MEDJET Assistance member now at reduced FITA rates.

MEDJET Assistance publishes a free brochure, "A Guide To Traveling Smart". Contact MEDJET Assistance directly at (800) 963-3538 to order it. Make sure to mention FITA to get the FITA discount if you enroll.


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WORLD TRADE POINT FEDERATION

I've profiled more than 400 trade-related Web sites in the years I've written this newsletter. but the Internet is so large that I don't think I've scratched the surface of what's out there. I'm constantly finding useful sites I didn't know about, like World Trade Point Federation ( http://www.wtpfed.org/newsite ). This organization, which grew out of a United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, assists small and medium- sized companies in 90 countries. You'll find many useful features at this site, but one of the best is "Market Point" in the left column. Click on it, and then click on "Country Information", and you'll find a valuable resource for market research. You simply select a country, and you'll see a country profile, with links to economic statistics, guides to doing business in that country, tax guides, import-export data, and more. In the Market Point category there are also links to useful contacts, trade-related sites, and industry information.

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WORD ANSWERS

I've been using Microsoft Word software for 15 years now, but there are still times when I draw a blank when my kids ask me for advice ("How do I add a table to my science paper?") about it. That's why I'm glad I found Word Answers ( http://www.word-answers.com/). This site has hundreds of tips for getting the most out of Microsoft Word, and you're bound to find something here that will make your word processing easier and more efficient. Scroll down the page and browse the categories -- Bullets and Numbering, Customizing Word, Formatting, Macros, Shortcut Keys, Tables, and Templates, to name a few -- and you'll find a wealth of practical information that will make you an expert user of Microsoft Word.

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FEATURED JOB FROM FITA'S CAREER HQ

In the new FITA Career Headquarters job seekers can now apply for jobs online and post their resume--free of charge--in an exclusive database that will be searched by hundreds of industry employers seeking employees with international degrees and/or related work experience. The featured job this issue is for an Export Control Manager with a company in San Jose, California. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions! And click here if you are an employer looking for uniquely qualified internationally-skilled staff.

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