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  Wednesday, May 9, 2007 Issue 161 Volume 7 Number 10  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• NORWAY
Our Featured Country
• QUICK ANSWERS AT INTERNATIONAL TRADE TOOLS
Answers to Trade-Related Questions
• FIND THE RIGHT WORD AT MULTILINGUAL TRADE DOCUMENTATION PAGE
Online Trade Glossary
• MAP YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS AT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S MAP MACHINE
All Kinds of Maps
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Director of International Sales

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here, with more sites to help you achieve success in international trade.

The rising price of energy has fueled a prosperous economy for Norway, and I have a site in this issue that will help you research this promising country. Also, if you need answers to trade questions, or you need to convert some measurements, I have a site that will help you do it fast. Need to translate some trade terms? I have a site that has translations of commonly used terms -- plus lots more. Finally, you have to see the page I found at National Geographic's site, where you can custom-make your own maps to show whatever information you want.

And don't forget -- if you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's Really Useful Links ( http://fita.org/webindex ), which has a link library of more than 8,000 sites related to international trade.

NORWAY
Our Featured Country

These are salad days for the country of Norway. Only Saudi Arabia and Russia export more oil than Norway, so you can imagine what the worldwide surge in oil prices has done for the Norwegian economy. The country has been putting its budget surpluses into something called the Government Petroleum Fund, which now has in excess of US $250 billion. Consumer confidence is high, and prospects look good for continued growth in the Norwegian economy. If this sounds like a country you'd like to research for possible trade leads, a good site to visit is Nortrade ( http://www.nortrade.com ), the official Norwegian trade portal and export directory. At Nortrade you'll find lots of news and information about what's going on with Norway's economy and its industries. You can also search a directory of Norwegian companies (with contact information), read about upcoming trade shows and related events, look for jobs with Norwegian companies, pursue trade leads, and much more.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the Norway Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/norway.html ), a feature of the FITA Web site. The Norway Mini Portal has an overview of the country, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, Norwegian markets, taxes, labor market indicators, and tips on doing business in Norway.

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 Norway 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 ).

The Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, is a FITA member association. Their site offers more resources about doing business with Norway. And click here to search the FITA Member Directory for links to FITA member associations' websites.

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QUICK ANSWERS AT INTERNATIONAL TRADE TOOLS
Answers to Trade-Related Questions


Here's a useful site to bookmark. The International Trade Tools ( http://www.i-b-t.net/tools.asp ) page at the International Business Training™ (IBT) site has links to sites where you can get quick answers to trade-related questions. There's a list of Incoterms with definitions, Schedule B export codes, a page where you can convert just about any unit of measurement into another one, and an Internet guide to export trade leads (with links to dozens of trade lead sites). There are lots of useful articles and books about trade at this site also.

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FIND THE RIGHT WORD AT MULTILINGUAL TRADE DOCUMENTATION PAGE
Online Trade Glossary

My foreign language skills are limited, at best, so I love sites like SciNet Corporation's Multilingual Trade Documentation page ( http://www.scinet-corp.com/associates/bdd_md.htm ). This page makes it easy for language-challenged folks like me to look up trade terms in four languages: English, French, German, and Spanish. There are hundreds of words and phrases here that relate to the day-to-day business of world trade, and it's a useful resource for businesspeople. There are other resources at this site too -- Bill of Lading terminology, Incoterms, Customs definitions, background information on the Euro, explanations of Letters of Credit, world trade statistics, and much more. Click on the categories at the top of the page, and in the drop-down list, and you'll see a wealth of information here.

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MAP YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS AT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S MAP MACHINE
All Kinds of Maps

There are a lot of map sites on the Web, but National Geographic's Map Machine ( http://plasma.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine/ ) is one of most entertaining. You type in a location (city, state, or ZIP code) and then you can pick what type of map you want to see. There are satellite maps, road maps, and maps with special themes (Weather, Natural Disasters, Population Density, Farming & Natural Resources). The maps are easy to read and show details like vegetation, average temperature, and local habitat in bright colors, so even kids can use them.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Director of International Sales

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