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Wednesday, August 3, 2005 Issue 116 Volume 5 Number 16
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• NEW ZEALAND -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• TARIFF AND TAX INFORMATION
• PEW GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT
• WEBEC'S INTERNATIONAL TRADE PAGE
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB

Hello International Traders!

Trade plays a vital part in New Zealand's economy, and if you're interested in trade with this Southern Pacific nation, I've got the perfect site in this issue to help you get started. Also, I found a site with tons of information about tariffs worldwide. Do you want to stay in touch with what people are thinking about the issues of the day? I have a site with the latest opinion research. Finally, I have a page with links to economic research about international trade.

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.

NEW ZEALAND -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

If you look at New Zealand on a map, you'll see that it's really two large islands in the South Pacific. Anyone who's ever lived on an island will tell you that trade is vital, because islanders can't produce everything they need to survive in the modern world. New Zealand is no exception, importing machinery, vehicles, aircraft, petroleum, and electronics, and exporting agricultural products, wood, and fish, among other things.

If you'd like to research opportunities for trade with New Zealand, go to MarketNewZealand.com ( http://www.marketnewzealand.com/mnz/default.aspx ), a New Zealand government site. Here you can read reports about New Zealand industries, search for products and exporters, post trade inquiries, and more. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "New Zealand's Country Profile", you'll find links to lots of reports and statistics about the country. You can also click on "Useful Links" and find lots of export-oriented information.

And FITA's Global Trade Book Store has an excellent book about doing business in New Zealand. Check out New Zealand (Culture Shock!).

The Australian New Zealand American Chamber of Commerce (http://www.anzacc-national.org), the Australian American New Zealand Association of Los Angeles (http://www.aanza.org) and the Australian New Zealand American Chamber of Commerce of New England (http://www.americanaustralian.org/newengland/) are members of FITA. Their websites have excellent resources for doing business with New Zealand.

There are more useful links to New Zealand at the FITA site. Simply go to http://www.fita.org/webindex/countries.html, then go to Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, and click on New Zealand. Or, you can type "New Zealand" in the search box at http://www.fita.org.

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TARIFF AND TAX INFORMATION


Tariffs are a fact of life in international trade, and smart businesspeople stay up to date on the intricacies of tariff regulations. Here's a good way to do that. Tariff and Tax Information ( http://www.ita.doc.gov/td/tic/tariff/ ), from the Trade Information Center at the U.S. Department of Commerce, has links to many resources about tariffs. There's a tutorial to get you started, a glossary of trade terms, an online tariff database, tariff and tax information for 97 countries, helpful tips for importing products into the U.S., and much more.

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THE FITA BUY/SELL EXCHANGE
http://fita.worldbid.com

FITA's business-to-business marketplace at http://fita.worldbid.com helps your company find more business by delivering tender opportunities, RFQ's and qualified offers to buy and sell. The FITA Buy/Sell Exchange give you access to a global network of affiliated trade sites that work together to bring together businesses across borders.

Brian Napoli of The Shadigee Co.writes "Our business has increased since using Worldbid.com [FITA's partner powering the Buy Sell Exchange] At first, we did not take advantage of everything your site offers. Then, we started posting offers, researching offers and requests. Since then our business has increased fivefold."

Click here to boost your trading with the FITA Buy/Sell Exchange, powered by Worldbid.com.


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PEW GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT

Whether you're a businessperson, a politician, a journalist, or just somebody who wants to stay in touch with what people think around the world, the Pew Global Attitudes Project ( http://pewglobal.org ) is a site you should visit. Here you'll find reports on world public opinion, based on 90,000 interviews in 50 countries. You'll be able to see what people are thinking about topics such as globalization, religion, immigration, democratization, the Iraq war, the SARS outbreak -- all the latest issues. Just click on "Reports" and you can read summaries, or download the whole report in PDF format. You can also read commentaries on the reports, and look at the survey data itself.

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WEBEC'S INTERNATIONAL TRADE PAGE

The Internet is a treasure trove of information for business research -- if you know where to look. You can spend hours surfing through meaningless Web sites, or pay subscription fees for information that's useless to you, and end up with nothing to show for your efforts. That's why I like this next site. WebEc's International Trade Page ( http://www.helsinki.fi/WebEc/framef.html ) has tons of links to some of the best international trade research on the Net. WebEc has been around for 11 years, and it's a site for economists, but don't let that scare you off. As I said, it's got some of the most useful, and cost-effective, research online, in all areas of economics. Scroll down the list of links to international trade, and you'll see a Who's Who of organizations, institutions, and publications, with research and reports you can download for free. In addition, there are plenty of other categories of economic research you can look at, simply by clicking on topics in the left column.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB

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. A featured job this week is for a Manager of Global Export Compliance at Microsoft in Redmond, WA. 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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