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  Wednesday, July 12, 2006 Issue 140 Volume 6 Number 14  
This issue sponsored by The FITA International Career Headquarters

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• GERMANY -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• NATIONAL CUSTOMS BROKERS & FORWARDERS ASSOCIATION
• COLLEGE SEARCH ENGINES AND MORE
• CALORIE CONTROL COUNCIL
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - GLOBAL TRADE SENIOR MANAGER

Hello International Traders!

Germany has one of the world's largest economies, and I've got sites in this issue that will help you achieve success in the German market. If you need to find a freight forwarder or customs broker, I have a site with a database you can search. Also, I found a site that will help you with the college search process. Finally, I have a site that has tools and information to help you eat sensibly and maintain a healthy body weight.

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.

GERMANY -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

Germany's economy is Europe's largest, and it's number five on the list of world economies. It's an affluent and technologically powerful country, and in 2005 it ranked only behind the United States and the European Union in dollar amount of imports.

If you'd like to learn more about trade with this thriving country, a good site to visit is the Federal Statistical Office of Germany ( http://www.destatis.de/e_home.htm ). This well- organized site, in English and German, has facts and figures. Click on the categories in the left column (Education, Employment, Industry, Foreign Trade, Prices, Wages & Salaries, etc.) and you can look at tables and graphs with statistical information. You can also see statistical time series by topic, and economic indicators.

And if you decide to do business in Germany, pay a visit to German Business Etiquette Tips ( http://www.german-business-etiquette.com ). It has all the information you need to avoid mistakes (see "10 Blunders You Should Avoid"), and make the best impression.

Another good resource is the Germany Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/germany.html ), one of the new features at the FITA site. The Mini Portal is a good place to start your research. There is information about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, German markets, taxes, news, labor market indicators, tips on doing business, and a search engine to help you find market research on the Internet. 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 Germany 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 Germany. Check out Doing Business With Germany and Succeed in Business with Germany. And 10 chapters of the German American Chamber of Commerce are FITA member associations. Click here to search the FITA Member Directory for links to their websites. Their sites offer more resources about doing business with Germany.

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NATIONAL CUSTOMS BROKERS & FORWARDERS ASSOCIATION

Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers play a vital role in transporting goods overseas, and they can save traders time and money by cutting through red tape, finding the quickest and most cost-effective way to transport goods, complying with regulations in a timely manner, and a myriad of other valuable services. You can search for a licensed customs broker or freight forwarder at the website of FITA member National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America ( http://www.ncbfaa.org ). Click on "Find a Broker/Forwarder" and you'll be able to search the NCBFAA membership directory. Also, you can find many links related to shipping and international trade by clicking on "Useful Links."

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LOOKING FOR A QUALIFIED EMPLOYEE?
Until the end of July you can advertise 2 opening here for 60 days for ONLY $99!
http://careerhq.fita.org/rates.cfm

Want to Win the War for the Best International Talent? Post your jobs at FITA Career Headquarters, an internationally-focused job board that serves organizations seeking employees with international business experience. FITA is offering a "Summer Special" of two 60 day job listings for only $99! Click here to see these and other special low rates.

The FITA Career Headquarters provides a comprehensive recruiting system and searchable resume database of more than 3000 resumes from a talent pool of qualified, internationally-focused candidates. And now 20 FITA member associations are also posting the FITA Career Headquarters' job listings on their own websites, so that your job postings reach a network of more than 20,000 additional trade professionals.

Post your jobs online today. Click here to register and post your jobs.

Any questions please contact FITA Career Center Manager, Michele White, at 800-331-2177 ext. 2762 or mwhite@boxwoodtech.com.


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COLLEGE SEARCH ENGINES AND MORE

I'm going through the college search maze with my daughter now, and it's quite an experience. Finding the right college or university out of the thousands available -- and then getting her into it, and paying for it -- seems a daunting task indeed. I think I'll be visiting College Search Engines and More ( http://www.college-search-engines-and-more.com ) a lot. This site has resources to help bewildered parents and overwhelmed students decide on a course of study, search for a college, locate financial aid and scholarships, negotiate the admissions process, learn about things like housing options and social activities on campus, and much more.

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CALORIE CONTROL COUNCIL

For much of my life I was blessed with the body of a long distance runner -- skinny, to be exact. That ended when I hit middle age and noticed the waistbands of my pants were getting tighter. Now, like most people, I have to watch what I eat. That's why I'll probably be paying more visits to the Calorie Control Council ( http://www.caloriecontrol.org ). This site has plenty of information to help you eat right. There are calorie counters to help you keep track of what you're eating, and an exercise calculator to show you how much exercise you need to burn off that bowl of ice cream you had for dessert. There's also a body mass calculator, and a healthy weight calculator, among others. You'll also find a guide to weight loss, news and studies about food and weight issues, and plenty of articles to show you how to maintain healthier eating habits.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - GLOBAL TRADE SENIOR MANAGER

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. Featured job this week is for a Global Trade Senior Manager for Avaya, located in Basking Ridge, New jersey. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions! Employers - Click here to advertise your job openings on FITA's Career HQ.

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