FITA
 
 
  Wednesday, November 29, 2006 Issue 150 Volume 6 Number 24  
This issue sponsored by The FITA Career Headquarters, the best job board for International Marketing/Sales, Operations, Compliance, Logistics, and more.

IN THIS ISSUE:
• SWEDEN
Our Featured Country
• MARITIME LINKS AT THE PORTS PAGE
Links to Major World Seaports
• EXPORTING YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS
Articles about Starting to Export
• RELIABLE CAR FACTS FROM CONSUMER REPORTS
Information for Car Buyers
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
International Director of Operations

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. Sweden is a country that's heavily committed to trade, and is one of the world's major economies.  I have a site in this issue that gives you links to all the information you need to get started in trade with Sweden. Also, I review a site with links to ports around the world, for the latest shipping news. Need the basics on exporting? I have a site where you'll get a good foundation in how to get your export business started. Finally, if you want solid, reliable information about new and used cars and trucks, I have a site that you need to visit today.

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.

SWEDEN
Our Featured Country

Sweden, a country with 3218 kilometers of coastline, has been a trading power since the days of the Vikings. These days, Sweden is high in the world rankings for exports (23rd in 2005) and imports (26th the same year). This is a country with a strong, thriving economy -- in fact, Sweden's economy was ranked Number 1 (with Switzerland and Finland) for competitiveness by the Global Competitiveness Report 2006-2007. If this sounds interesting, and you'd like to research trade with Sweden, go to the International Business Resource Connection Sweden Page at the University of Kansas site. This is a page of links to sites where you'll find in-depth information about Sweden. You'll find links to information about: investing in Sweden, economic statistics, country profiles, trade data, travel guides, business culture, Swedish government agencies, trade fairs, business directories, and much more.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the Sweden Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/sweden.html ), a feature of the FITA Web site. The Sweden Mini Portal has an overview of the country, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, Swedish markets, taxes, labor market indicators, tips on doing business in Sweden, 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 Sweden 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 Sweden. Check out Sweden - Culture Smart: a quick guide to customs and etiquette and Culture Shock! Sweden. The Swedish-American Chambers Of Commerce USA are FITA member associations. Their sites offer more resources about doing business with Sweden. And click here to search the FITA Member Directory for links to FITA member associations' websites.

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MARITIME LINKS AT THE PORTS PAGE
Links to Major World Seaports

Here's one I got from the FITA Tools of the Trade Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/tools ), where there are hundreds of trade-oriented Web sites for your research. If you deal with ocean shipping, you probably can use a link to some maritime Web sites, especially those related to ports. The Import-Export Marketplace Ports page ( http://impoyexpo.com/ports.htm ) has links to dozens of ports around the world. Just click on a link, and you'll go to the home page for that port, where you can find out all sorts of information, like tariff and trade regulations, stevedore services, port facilities, charges, security, statistics, and cargo handling, to name just a few. There aren't a lot of bells and whistles at this page, but it's got plenty of useful information for shippers.

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COMPLIANCE SPECIALISTS FOR EXPORT LICENSING & CONTROLS AND OTHER TRADE REGULATIONS
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EXPORTING YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS
Articles about Starting to Export

I'm one of those people for whom the saying, "Give me a book and I can learn anything," was invented. For example, if I had a small business and wanted to start exporting, I'd read up on the subject first. I'd start with Gaebler Ventures' Exporting Your Way To Success ( http://www.gaebler.com/Exporting.htm ). This site has clear, well-written articles about how to get started in exporting. It's basic information, but it covers everything you need to know, and gives links to further information at the U.S. Department of Commerce, FITA, and other sites. The exporting articles are among 750 articles on small business at this site.

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RELIABLE CAR FACTS FROM CONSUMER REPORTS
Information for Car Buyers

If you're in the market to buy or sell a car, you can't get much better advice than you'll find at Consumer Reports Cars ( http://www.consumerreports.org:80/cro/cars/ ). Consumer Reports has been known since 1936 as a source of impartial advice about the value and reliability of consumer products. This site, which deals specifically with motor vehicles, continues the tradition with solid, dependable information about new and used cars and trucks. You can look up information about safety ratings, fuel efficiency, price depreciation, alternative fuels, reliability, owner satisfaction, family friendly models, used car ratings, performance comparisons, and more. Some information requires a subscription ($26.00 a year, which entitles you to information about all products, not just cars), but there is a good amount of free information at this site.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Trade Compliance Analyst

In the 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 Trade Compliance Analyst for Tyco Healthcare, a leading manufacturer, distributor, and servicer of medical devices worldwide in Mansfield, Massachusetts. 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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