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  Wednesday, September 20, 2006 Issue 145 Volume 6 Number 19  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• INDIA
OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• EVENTSEYE
HUGE TRADE SHOW DATABASE
• MIPT TERRORISM KNOWLEDGE BASE
WHERE THE TERRORISTS ARE
• WORLDMAPPER
A DIFFERENT LOOK AT THE WORLD
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS
FEATURED JOB - EXPORT CONTROL MANAGER

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. In this issue I look east to India, and find some info-rich sites to get you started doing business with this booming economy. I've also got a site that has thousands of trade show listings worldwide. If you want to know where the terrorists are, I have a site that will show you where all the known groups are, and what they've been doing lately. Finally, I have a site that's fun and enlightening -- a site that puts data about countries into map form, with some surprising results!

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.

INDIA
OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

China has been justly celebrated during the last decade for its booming economy, but there's another country that has been setting an equally torrid pace: India. India's economy has posted an average growth rate of more than 7 percent since 1994, and all predictions are that it will continue to grow at a fast pace for the foreseeable future. Poverty has been reduced, and India has become a fertile market for trade goods. If this sounds like an opportunity to you, here are several sites to help you research the Indian market further.

The National Portal of India ( http://www.india.gov.in ) is a great introduction to this fascinating country. There are pictures, maps, weather reports, news headlines, links to Indian government agencies, a kids' corner, Webcasts, travel & tourism info, business advice, tax information, and much more. Click on "Commerce" under "Sectors" and you'll find lots of information and statistics about trade with India.

Xportindia.com ( http://www.xportindia.com ) is a portal for importers and exporters. You can search for trade leads here, as well as register to sell your products. There are different levels of membership at this site, but you can search the basic listings for free.

Another Indian trade lead site is TradeIndia.com ( http://www.fita.tradeindia.com ), which you can find right at the FITA site. TradeIndia.com is a FITA content partner, and they offer many useful features at this site, including the ability to get credit reports and freight quotes, besides a large database of Indian trade leads.

Another good resource is the India Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/india.html ), which is one of the new features at the FITA Web site. The India Mini Portal has an overview of the country, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, Indian markets, taxes, labor market indicators, tips on doing business in India, and a search engine to help you find free market research on the Internet. There's also a news feed with the latest Indian news.

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 India 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 India. Check out Doing Business in India, India Business: Finding Opportunities in This Big Emerging Market, India - Culture Smart!: a quick guide to customs and etiquette and Culture Shock! Succeed in Business: India. The National US India Chamber Of Commerce is a FITA member association. Their site offers more resources about doing business with India. And click here to search the FITA Member Directory for links to FITA member associations' websites.

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EVENTSEYE
HUGE TRADE SHOW DATABASE

In the last issue I profiled a site that had trade show listings. A reader wrote to say that she thought there were more useful sites out there, and she recommended EventsEye ( http://www.eventseye.com ). I have to admit, this site does look pretty darn useful. It's got a database of over 11,000 trade shows in 117 countries, and you get plenty of information when you do a search -- almost 8,000 of the shows have links to a Web site, where you can get all the background information and contacts that you need. Even if there's no Web site listing, you'll find phone numbers, e-mail addresses and contact names, plus hotels in the area. There are six ways to search this site (name, theme, date, location, organizer, keyword), and it looks like a keeper to me.

You can also find a portal to trade show sites at FITA's Trade Events Page ( http://fita.org/conferences.html ). Here you'll find links to sites with trade show calendars and databases you can search. In particular, the FITA/Global Sources Trade Show Center ( http://www.fita.org/gsol/ ) is a good place to look if you want to find out about trade shows in Asia. Another resource is FITA's International Listings & Schedules ( http://tradelinks.fita.org/index.asp?category_id=7498&language=en&parentcategory_id=2 ) page, where you'll find EventsEye, along with 16 other listings.

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MIPT TERRORISM KNOWLEDGE BASE
WHERE THE TERRORISTS ARE

I sometimes worry that the world my children will be living in as adults will be a lot more dangerous, due to the growth of terrorism. Even today, terrorism has made its mark on all of our lives, especially those who travel overseas. Anyone who travels -- indeed, anyone at all -- will find it educational to visit MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base ( http://www.tkb.org ). Here you'll find a database of known terrorist groups, with plenty of information about their philosophy, history, leaders, location, and methods of operation. MIPT is a non-profit organization that is funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Its mission is to collect information on terrorist groups and make that information available to public officials, policymakers, and the general public. You'll find lots of information here, including profiles, graphs and tables, the latest news, downloads, and links to further information.

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WORLDMAPPER
A DIFFERENT LOOK AT THE WORLD

What if there were maps that showed information about countries in terms other than land mass? Worldmapper ( http://www.sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/worldmapper/) does just that. It has cartograms, or specialized maps, that re-size countries according to variables like population, GDP, number of passenger cars, etc. Thus, China is larger than the United States on a map that shows exports of toys, but smaller on one that shows toy imports. There are 194 of these maps, with more being added all the time, and they give a fascinating visual representation of country rankings in everything from alcohol & cigarette imports, to meat exports, to container ports, to mopeds & motorcycles, to tourist destinations.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS
FEATURED JOB - EXPORT CONTROL MANAGER

In the FITA Career Headquarters job seekers can 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 to be Export Control Manager for EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, in Joplin, Missouri,a leading producer of batteries and energetic devices for the defense, space and commercial industries. 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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