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  Wednesday, October 18, 2006 Issue 147 Volume 6 Number 21  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• AUSTRALIA
Our Featured Country
• TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL
Corruption Report
• EAT RIGHT WITH THE WORLD'S HEALTHIEST FOODS
Eating Healthy Food
•  SMOOTHER FLIGHTS AT THE FAA TRAVELERS PAGE
Tips for Easier Flying

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. This issue is packed with useful sites, including two sites about Australia, a bright spot in the Southern Hemisphere. I've also got a site that will give you the inside story on corruption around the world, and another that will help you find and prepare the healthiest foods to eat. Finally, I have a site from the FAA that every air traveler should visit -- it has all the information you need to make your flight safe and smooth.

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.

AUSTRALIA
Our Featured Country

Australia is a land of many contrasts. It's the largest island and the smallest continent in the world. It's also the country with the lowest population density -- it has one third the population of the United Kingdom, for example, spread out in a land mass that's 32 times larger. There's no contrast when it comes to Australia's economy, however -- the country has low inflation, a prosperous relationship with China, and a per capita GDP that's the equal of the four largest Western European economies. Australia was one of the top 30 countries worldwide last year for both imports and exports.

If you'd like to learn more about this fascinating country, the Australian government has several useful sites. One is business.gov.au ( http://www.business.gov.au/Business+Entry+Point/ ), a site that is targeted to Australian businesses, but which has lots of useful information for foreign companies too. Click on "Market Research & Statistics", then on "Government Statistics" and you'll find a page with links to many information sources (make sure you scroll down to see all the links). Click on "Importing & Exporting" to see more pertinent information.

Another good site is Australian Exporters ( http://www.australianexporters.net ), which has lots of links to exporting information. Non-Australian companies can do a search for Australian exporters, and find links to market research, export associations, and more.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the Australia Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/australia.html ), which is one of the new features at the FITA Web site. The Australia Mini Portal has an overview of the country, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, Australian markets, taxes, labor market indicators, tips on doing business in Australia, and a search engine to help you find free market research on the Internet. There's also a news feed with the latest 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 Australia Mini Portal is one of many research gateways at the 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 Australia. Check out Success Secrets to Maximize Business in Australia, Culture Shock! Australia: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette and Australia Business: The Portable Encyclopedia for Doing Business With Australia.

The Australia America Society, The Australian American New Zealand Association of Los Angeles, and The Canada Australia & New Zealand Business Association are FITA member associations. Their sites offer more resources about doing business with Australia. And click here to search the FITA Member Directory for links to FITA member associations' websites.

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TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL
Corruption Report


Corruption is an unfortunate cost of doing business in some countries. Transparency International ( http://www.transparency.org ) is a nonprofit organization that monitors worldwide corruption, and their Web site is a place you should visit as part of your research into markets and countries. The site has unbiased information that will help you see what's really going on in various countries. There are regional and national surveys and indices, a Bribe Payers Index, a Global Corruption Barometer, the latest news, a Corruption Perceptions Index, tips on how to fight corruption, and much more. You'll get the inside dirt on corruption here.

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EAT RIGHT WITH THE WORLD'S HEALTHIEST FOODS
Eating Healthy Food

This next site is one I should visit every day. The World's Healthiest Foods ( http://www.whfoods.com/foodstoc.php ) is full of information to help you eat healthy. It has detailed explanations of the health benefits of dozens of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts & seeds, poultry, fish, dairy, and other foods. Every article quotes the latest medical studies, and has an in-depth nutritional profile (with bibliographic references) for each food, plus some tips on selection and storage. You'll also find recipes for healthy dishes, a weekly menu, and a Food Advisor to help you choose what foods are best according to your particular health needs. The site has been created by a non-profit foundation, so it's offering an independent view. I think it's time I gave up some of my unhealthy eating habits, and this site will help me do that!

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SMOOTHER FLIGHTS AT THE FAA TRAVELERS PAGE
Tips for Easier Flying

I remember the days when you could show up at an airport with barely any time to spare before your flight, and race to the gate just before the plane's departure time. That has all changed, of course, to the chagrin of people like me who are always late. Air travel is a lot more complicated than it used to be, especially in the U.S. If you want to stay up on all the latest developments in this area, a good site to visit is the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Travelers Page ( http://www.faa.gov/passengers/ ). Here you'll find links to information about airport status and flight delays, limitations on items that can be brought on board (such as liquids, aerosols, and gels), security screening procedures, prohibited items, cell phone use, flying with children, flying with pets, consumer complaints, safety, health, and more.

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