Hello International Traders!|
The United Arab Emirates has a booming economy and an open trade
policy, and if you want to explore options for trade here, I have
a great site in this issue. I also found a trove of country
reports from the Department of Energy that will give you the
inside scoop on scores of countries. I found a site about ATA
carnets that will help you make the most of these time-saving
documents. Finally, I have the People Finder Guide, which shows
you where to search for public records online.
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.
| UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
If all you know about the United Arab Emirates is what you read
in the media recently during the controversy involving management
of US ports, you should look a little deeper. This Persian Gulf
state has an open economy with a high per capita income and a
sizable annual trade surplus. It is negotiating a Free Trade
Agreement with the US, and has lots of potential as a trade
Want to learn more about the UAE? Here are two sites.
- Gulfnews ( http://www.gulfnews.com ). This site
has the latest news from the region, plus feature articles,
columnists, and more. For an overview of the UAE and the booming
city of Dubai, click on "About UAE" or "About Dubai" in the left
UAE Country Information (
http://www.export.gov/middleeast/country_information/unitedarabemirates/ ). This page at the US Commercial Service's Export.gov
portal will give you an accurate picture of prospects in the UAE.
There are links to country profiles from other sites, plus a
detailed country commercial guide, with plenty of market
research, trade leads, and economic data.
Another good resource is the UAE Mini Portal (
http://fita.org/countries/uae.html), one of the new features at
the FITA site. The Mini Portal is a good place to start your
research. There is an overview of the country, with facts about
the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific
information about the economy, UAE markets, taxes, labor market
indicators, tips on doing business, and a search engine to help
you find market research on the Internet. There's also a news
feed with the latest headlines from the UAE.
Click on "Useful Links" and you'll find a variety of sources for
market research, trade leads, business directories, logistics,
government contacts, travel, financing, and lots more.
The UAE 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 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 Success Secrets to Maximize Business in UAE and Doing Business With the United Arab Emirates.
COUNTRY ENERGY ANALYSIS BRIEFS
Oil, gas, and coal fuel the economies of many countries around
the world, and they're key factors affecting international trade.
If you want to get the lowdown on the energy situation in a
specific country, go to the US Energy Information
Administration's Country Analysis Briefs (
http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cabs/ ), where you'll find current
information, statistics, and charts. Just click on a country on
the map or from the drop-down list, and you'll get a detailed
report, with an overview of the country's economy, plus sections
on oil, gas, electricity, the environment, and more. You'll also
find updates on major energy projects that are planned or
underway in the country, plus links to more information.
Do you know how to use ATA carnets? ATA carnets are useful
documents that help you reduce some of the paperwork and expenses
involved with importing and exporting. The ATA Carnet page at the
Corporation for International Business (
http://www.atacarnet.com/WhatisanATACarnetorCarnet.aspx ) lays it
out for you in easy-to-understand language. You'll find
explanations, forms to download, news and advisories about
carnets, airport maps (showing Customs, Baggage Claim, and
Currency Exchange locations), translation guides for clearing
foreign Customs with a carnet, articles and helpful links.
Carnets can be used by a wide variety of travelers and
businesspeople, and you'll find lots of helpful information about
PEOPLE FINDER GUIDE
I wished I'd known about this next site the last time I bought a
used car. People Finder Guide (
http://www.virtualchase.com/people/ ) is a portal to all sorts of
public records databases on the Web. You can look up phone
numbers, addresses, criminal records, property records, marriage
and death records, National Science Foundation research projects,
campaign contributions by individuals and companies, civil
aircraft registrations, disciplinary data on physicians, and much
more, with links to databases in the US, Canada, and the UK. The
used car info? There's a link to a site where you can look up
information about a vehicle's past, including whether it was
totaled in an accident, its state emissions inspection results,
whether there are liens against it, etc.
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