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  Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Issue 156 Volume 7 Number 5  
This issue sponsored by the FITA Buy/Sell Exchange TELL A FRIEND
IN THIS ISSUE:
• FITA GOES TO CHINA!
The new FITA China Business Guide
• NIGERIA
Our Featured Country
• USEFUL TIPS AT EXPORT 101
Getting started in exporting
• MRQUERY MAKES BETTER SEARCHES
Easier Web Searches
• GET YOUR WEATHER REPORT AT WEATHERBONK
Extensive Weather Reports
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Administrative Assistant for Export Trade of America

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals.

FITA is pleased to announce the FITA China Business Guide, a major new effort to help our subscribers with their business in China. Take a look!

Have you looked at Nigeria lately? It's a country with vast natural resources and a government that is committed to progress and reform. I have a site in this issue that will help you research this promising market. I also found a site that's packed with useful tips about exporting. Also, check out the search engine portal I found -- it will help you target your searches so you hit a bullseye every time! Finally, I have a weather site that will give you maps, traffic reports, Webcams -- more than just the daily forecast!

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.

FITA GOES TO CHINA!
The new FITA China Business Guide

FITA is pleased to announce new services related to doing business in China. The new FITA China Business Guide includes:

For more information about the China project or anything else related to FITA.org or “Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals” please contact Barney Lehrer at webmaster@fita.org


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NIGERIA
Our Featured Country

Nigeria ranks first in Africa in agricultural output, and third in factory output. It is one of the world's major oil exporters, and finished 2005 with a US$26 billion trade surplus. Those reasons, and the fact that the country is undergoing major economic reforms under the new civilian administration, make Nigeria a country worth looking at as a trade outlet.

The WWW Virtual Library Nigeria portal ( http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/africa/cuvl/Nigeria.html ) at Columbia University is a good place to start your research. This site has links to lots of information about the economy, political system, culture, history, human rights situation, government profile, news and statistics concerning Nigeria. This is a good site to use as a launching pad for your investigation of Nigeria.

You'll also find plenty of useful links about Nigeria in FITA's "Really Useful Links." And the FITA Africa Trade Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/africa.html ), a feature of the FITA Web site, offers a variety of sources for market research, trade leads, business directories, logistics, government contacts, travel, financing, and lots more about Africa.

The Africa 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 an excellent book about doing business in Nigeria. Check out Nigeria: The Premier Guidebook For Business Globe Trotters.

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THE FITA BUY/SELL EXCHANGE
http://fita.worldbid.com

FITA's business-to-business marketplace at http://fita.worldbid.com helps your company find more business by delivering tender opportunities, RFQ's and qualified offers to buy and sell. The FITA Buy/Sell Exchange give you access to a global network of affiliated trade sites that work together to bring together businesses across borders.

Brian Napoli of The Shadigee Co.writes "Our business has increased since using Worldbid.com [FITA's partner powering the Buy Sell Exchange] At first, we did not take advantage of everything your site offers. Then, we started posting offers, researching offers and requests. Since then our business has increased fivefold."

Click here to boost your trading with the FITA Buy/Sell Exchange, powered by Worldbid.com.


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USEFUL TIPS AT EXPORT 101
Getting started in exporting

New to exporting? There's a very useful guide at Export 101 ( http://www.foodexportusa.org/export101/ ), and it's bound to answer a lot of your questions. Just click on a category (Market Research, Trade Leads, etc.), and you'll find practical "how-tos" about getting started in exporting. I especially recommend the "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)" for each topic, because it's full of useful advice. Also, check out the links for each topic -- there are lots of useful links to sites about exporting.

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MRQUERY MAKES BETTER SEARCHES
Easier Web Searches

It's getting easier all the time to search the Web, especially with all the different kinds of search engines out there. Now here's a new site called MrQuery Can Get It ( http://mrquery.com ) which collects 100 search engines on one page and lets you choose which ones you want to use. The beauty of this is that you can easily find a search engine to fit your needs. There are search engines here for images, videos, blogs, reference, travel, finance, health, classifieds, price comparisons, and much more. MrQuery Can Get It will cut down on your search time and improve your accuracy.

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GET YOUR WEATHER REPORT AT WEATHERBONK
Extensive Weather Reports

There are lots of weather sites on the Internet, but WeatherBonk ( http://www.weatherbonk.com ) has some interesting features the others don't have. Just type in a location, either in the U.S. or worldwide, and you'll get a weather map with temperatures and weather conditions for the surrounding area. You'll also get a detailed forecast, plus live Webcam pictures. There's also a chart with monthly average temperatures and precipitation for the past year, but that's not all. At the top of the screen are other options, including a nifty one where travelers can map out a route and get the weather for that route (and you'll even get a recommendation of the best time to travel, based on the weather conditions). There's also a traffic reporting map, and a "Power Map" with even more features.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Administrative Assistant for Export Trade of America

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 Administrative Assistant for Export Trade of America, Inc., an Export Management firm based in New York City that specializes in the export of consumer goods to more than 50 different countries. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions!

Employers - Click here to advertise your job openings on FITA's Career HQ.

Post an opening in February 2007 and be entered in a drawing to win $500!

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