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  Wednesday, August 31, 2005 Issue 118 Volume 5 Number 18  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• CHINA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• FITA'S TOOLS OF TRADE
• FITA MEMBER DIRECTORY
• NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICES
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - GE HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGIES

Hello International Traders!

In this issue I've got reviews of some of the new features at FITA's redesigned site. First, I have an introduction to the Mini Portals, which give you capsule profiles -- and links to much more -- for 90 countries worldwide. Then, I have a rundown of FITA's Tools Of The Trade, which is a research gateway to information that will grow your business. Would you like to network with the movers and shakers of international trade? I'll show you how to do just that by using FITA's Member Directory, which I review in this issue. Finally, I have a site where you can get local weather forecasts for dozens of countries around the world.

CHINA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

In the space of only a decade or so, China has become a major player in the world's economy. It now accounts for 4 percent of the world's GDP, and is predicted to keep on growing through at least the early years of this century. If you want to research trade with China, one great place to start is FITA's new China Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/china.html ). Mini Portals are some of the new features at the FITA Web site.

This Mini Portal has everything you need to start your research on the Chinese market. There is an overview of the country, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, Chinese markets, taxes, labor market indicators, tips on doing business in China, and a search engine to help you find free market research on the Internet.

And that's only the beginning. Click on "China Links" and you'll find links to a variety of sources for market research, trade leads (including FITA's China marketplaces from Alibaba and Global Sources) , business directories, logistics, government contacts,travel, financing, and lots more. Add to this a news feed with the latest news from China, and you have a resource that's unbeatable.

The China Mini Portal is one of many research gateways at the newly redesigned FITA site. To find Mini Portals for other regions or countries, just click on "Country Profiles" from within a Mini Portal, or select a country/region at the FITA home page (http://www.fita.org/).

FITA's Global Trade Book Store has many excellents books about doing business in China. Check out Doing Business in China,
Doing Business in the New China: A Handbook and Guide, and China Streetsmart: What You MUST Know to be Effective and Profitable in China among others. And FITA is now offering a special free trial of the Wall Street Journal Business Briefing on China.

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FITA'S TOOLS OF TRADE

I love saving time as much as I love saving money, which means I love research gateways on the Web. The concentration of resources at one site makes it easy to do your research in the shortest possible time. FITA's redesigned site has many gateways to international trade information, particularly Tools Of Trade( http://fita.org/tools/ ). On this page you'll find what you need to run a successful trade business. There are links to: books and publications about trade; a Global Trade Shop, with products and services to help you run your business better; transportation & logistics resources; tips and techniques for getting started in trade; real-time newsfeeds; trade software; maps; documentation resources; and much more. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, this page will help you achieve more success in international trade.

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THE EUROPEAN BUSINESS DIRECTORY
600,000 companies in 35 countries

http://www.europages.com

EUROPAGES is the largest European B2B directory listing over 600,000 of the most dynamic import-export companies from all business sectors in over 35 European countries. An essential tool for finding new clients, suppliers and partners: EUROPAGES is today the reference guide for European purchasing directors. The EUROPAGES online directory Europages.com is your connection to the business world!

Thousands of suppliers from throughout Europe already advertise in EUROPAGES and many of them regularly info rm us of the successes they've achieved thanks to the Directory. Click here to make your company visible to thousands of potential buyers from the core of the European trade industry.


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FITA MEMBER DIRECTORY

Most savvy businesspeople know that one key to success in business is networking. You can't do business in a vaccuum, and the more people you make contact with, the better your chances of success. One way to network in the international trade arena is to visit FITA's Member Directory ( http://fita.org/members.html). Here you can search FITA's directory of 450 independent, international associations. The members of these associations run the gamut of jobs in the industry -- manufacturers, trading companies, contractors, freight forwarders, custom house brokers, airlines, shipping companies, port authorities, banks, and insurance brokers, to name a few. You can search the Member Directory for free, and get contact information for local associations, then get out there, join a FITA member association, and network!

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICES

With Hurricane Katrina so much in the news, I thought it would be useful to profile this site that has links to country Weather Services worldwide ( http://www.wmo.ch/web-en/member.html ). If you're going to be traveling in the near future, or you know someone who's going to be traveling, you can use these links to look up weather forecasts for countries worldwide. Many National Weather Service sites have storm tracking capabilities, severe weather alerts, shipping forecasts, and satellite photos, among other features.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - GE HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGIES

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 an International Trade Controls Manager for GE Healthcare Technologies in Waukesha, WI. 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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