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  Wednesday, March 30, 2005 Issue 107 Volume 5 Number 7  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• CANADA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• IMPORTING INTO THE US
• TRAVELING WITH DISABILITIES
• TUTORIALS DIRECTORY

Hello International Traders!

You wanted to see more sites about Canada, so I found two information-rich sites you're bound to like. Also, I have a site from Michigan in this issue that has a wealth of links to trade information, for both importing and exporting. I've got a site that has plenty of helpful information for disabled travelers, too. Finally, I found a site with tutorials to help you become a whiz at the computer.

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.

CANADA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

Canada is the largest trading partner for most U.S. businesses, and more than $1 billion in trade crosses the U.S. Canadian border every day. Canada is a promising market for even non- U.S.companies -- it is Mexico's second largest export market, and racked up US $240 billion from all countries in 2003. If you'd like to find out more about trade with Canada, here are two great sites.
  • MERX! ( http://www.merx.com ). The Canadian government is the second largest purchasing entity in the world, and does billions of dollars worth of business every year. At this site you can view the latest public tenders from the Canadian government, and bid on them.
  • Strategis ( http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/engdoc/main.html ). I've written about Strategis before, but it's worth taking another look at this information-rich site. To research Canadian industries, click on "Business Information By Sector" in the left column. You have several options for narrowing your search after that.

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

And FITA's Global Trade Book Store has a few books about doing business in Canada. Check out especially Success Secrets to Maximize Business in Canada and Canada Business Guide.
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IMPORTING INTO THE US


Importing is an essential part of foreign trade, and yet it tends to get forgotten because countries are so eager to promote exports. If I were trying to get started in importing, one site I'd visit would be ExportMichigan.com ( http://www.exportmichigan.com ). Yes, the name says "ExportMichigan.com", but really, it has loads of good information about importing. Just click on "Importing" in the left column and you'll see what I mean. There is handy "how- to" information, plus links to quality Web resources. You'll find lots of useful information in the left column at this site -- click on "Trade Guides", for example, and you'll discover a wealth of information, including country specific guides that are full of great research.

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TRAVELING WITH DISABILITIES

Travel is not an easy proposition for people with disabilities, and that's why General Accessible Travel Information ( http://gatorsport.phhp.ufl.edu/travel_general.html ) is such a great site. Here you'll find links to sites that can assist travelers with disabilities. You'll find information about lodging, transportation, restaurants, attractions, maps, travel agents who specialize in disability issues, and much more. This site is an excellent resource for people with disabilities who travel for business or pleasure.

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TUTORIALS DIRECTORY

What would life be without tutorials? I, for one, would be lost without these how-to sites on the Web that explain in layman's language the proper way to plant a garden, iron a shirt, fix a leaky faucet, and hundreds of other subjects. Tutorials Directory ( http://www.tutorialsdirectory.com ) is a listing of some of these sites, although limited to computer topics. Here you'll find tutorials on things like operating systems, Web design, Microsoft Office, computer graphics, Internet marketing, and programming. These links will help you to find solutions to the computer problems that cause you to lose sleep, grumble at your spouse, and kick the dog.

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