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  Wednesday, December 28, 2005 Issue 126 Volume 5 Number 26  
This issue sponsored by the FITA WORLD POINTSSM Credit Card

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• THE EUROPEAN UNION -- OUR FEATURED REGION
• BILATERAL AND REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS LIST
• 46 BEST-EVER FREEWARE UTILITIES
• RAILSERVE.COM
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - FOREIGN TRADE DIRECTOR

Hello International Traders!

The European Union has become the largest trading entity in the world -- and I've got a site in this issue that will help you grow your business in the EU. Also, I have a site with reviews of the best free software on the Web -- and you'll be amazed at what's available for free! Bilateral and regional trade agreements can help your business -- I have a site that will help you keep abreast of them. Finally, I have the ultimate site for trains -- whether you're a collector, rider, employee or just curious, this site has something for you.

And don't forget -- if you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's Really Useful Links ( http://fita.org/webindex/index.html ), which has a link library of more than 8,000 sites related to international trade.

THE EUROPEAN UNION -- OUR FEATURED REGION

The European Union has become a major player in world trade in recent years. The EU now accounts for 20 percent of global imports and exports, and it is far more than a free trade association such as NAFTA, or Mercosur. In fact, the EU has many of the attributes associated with independent nations: its own flag, anthem, founding date, and currency. You can't afford to ignore the EU if you do world trade, and the main site for the EU is Europa ( http://europa.eu.int/ ). Click on your language of choice at the main page, and you'll find a home page with lots of information about various facets of the EU. Most traders will want to click on "External Trade", then click on "Trade" to get to "Welcome to External Trade" ( http://europa.eu.int/comm/trade/index_en.htm ). This page has news, information, statistics, documents, fact sheets, and a calendar of upcoming events. Of particular interest is the EU Market Access Database, and the Trade Statistics section, both in the left column of the screen, which will give you valuable market research.

Another good resource is the Europe Mini-Portal( http://fita.org/countries/eur.html ) at the FITA site. Here you'll find links to several sites with more information about Europe and the European Union.

The European Union page 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 at the FITA home page ( http://www.fita.org ).

FITA's Global Trade Book Store has some excellent books about doing business in the EU. Check out A Business Guide to EU Enlargement: Trade and Investment Opportunities in Europe and the Candidate States, The European Business Handbook 2003 and The EU Directive Handbook: Understanding the European Union Compliance Process and What it Means to You. And the European American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco, the European American Chamber of Commerce of the Rocky Mountains and the European Procurement Forum are FITA member associations. Check out their websites for more resources about doing business with the EU. And search the FITA Members Directory for links to European countries' bi-national chambers of commerce and all other FITA members associations.

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BILATERAL AND REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS LIST

In recent years there has been a rush by many countries to sign bilateral and regional trade agreements with their neighbors or allies. There have been so many that it can be hard to keep up with them. If you want to read up on these agreements, go to the Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements list ( http://globaledge.msu.edu/ibrd/GR_IB_RTA.asp ), a page at Michigan State University's Globaledge site. Scroll down the page to find a comprehensive list of links to agreements. You'll find explanations, documents, forms, and histories you can read so you're well-informed on this issue that could affect your business.

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46 BEST-EVER FREEWARE UTILITIES

Computers these days don't come loaded with as much software as they used to, but before you spend money on software for that new computer, check out The 46 Best-Ever Freeware Utilities ( http://www.techsupportalert.com/best_46_free_utilities.htm ). This site has reviews of freeware (which means free software), in just about every category imaginable. There are programs for Web browsing, image viewing, anti-virus protection, spam filtering, HTML editing, spyware removal, photo editing, pop-up blocking, file management, Web searching, and much more. There's a whole suite of programs that perform the same functions as Microsoft Office -- and they're free. A lot of these freeware programs are loaded with as many features as software costing hundreds of dollars, and they're more stable and less prone to viruses than the commercial programs. They're worth checking out!

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RAILSERVE.COM

If you're a railroad buff, a model train collector, or just somebody who wants to find out the latest train schedule, go to RailServe.com ( http://www.railserve.com ). This is a must-visit site for anything to do with trains worldwide. There are links to railroad-themed computer games, antiques & collectibles, photographs, books, a worldwide freight railroad directory, industry organizations & government agencies, worldwide passenger rail & transit schedules, museums, news, tourist railroads, travel agents, unions, and more.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - FOREIGN TRADE DIRECTOR

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 Foreign Trade Director for Lam Research Corporation, a leading supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the worldwide semiconductor industry in the San Francisco Bay area. 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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