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  Wednesday, May 23, 2007 Issue 162 Volume 7 Number 11  
This issue sponsored by Walmart Secrets

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• SOUTH KOREA
Our Featured Country
• MOVE FORWARD WITH LOGISTICS TODAY
Portal for the Logistics Industry
• THE MAN IN SEAT SIXTY-ONE GETS YOU THERE ON TIME
International Rail & Ship Travel Information
• RELIABLE INFORMATION FROM HEALTHFINDER.GOV
Health Information
• FITA GOES TO CHINA!
The new FITA China Business Guide
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Trade and Economic Partnership Experts

Hello International Traders!

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

The South Korean economy is one of the success stories of the last 30 years -- and it just signed a historic free trade agreement with the U.S. If you want to investigate trade prospects with this booming country, I have a site in this issue that will help you do that. Also, I have possibly the best portal to logistics information you're going to find on the Internet. And, I have a site that will give you all the information you need to travel in style on trains and ships. Finally, I have a site where you can get reliable, trustworthy information that will help you make the wisest decisions about your health.

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.

SOUTH KOREA
Our Featured Country

Despite a few bumps in the road in the past decade, the South Korean economy has continued to motor along at a brisk pace. It is one of the world's success stories, how this small nation boosted itself in four decades from almost a Third World economy to a country with one of the top 15 GDPs in the world. South Korea depends heavily on foreign trade to keep its economy going, and there are many opportunities for businesspeople in this market. If you'd like to research the South Korean market, go to Austrade's South Korea country profile ( http://www.austrade.gov.au/Republic-of-Korea-profile/default.aspx ). Austrade is the Australian trade agency, and it has useful profiles of many countries worldwide. Here you'll find a country overview, key economic indicators, a snapshot of the political situation, tips on business etiquette, important tariffs & regulations, business contacts, useful links, and much more.

American companies should also take note of the historic trade agreement between South Korea and the U.S. (called KORUS) that was just signed in April. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has called the KORUS agreement "the most commercially significant FTA in 15 years". You can read all the details here ( http://www.ustr.gov/Trade_Agreements/Bilateral/Republic_of_Korea_FTA/Section_Index.html ).

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

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 South Korea 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 Brazil. Check out Mastering Business in Korea, Korean Business Etiquette and Culture Smart! Korea: A Quick Guide to Customs & Etiquette.

The Korea International Trade Association is a FITA member association. Their website offers more resources about doing business with South Korea.

And click here to search the FITA Member Directory for links to FITA member associations' websites.

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MOVE FORWARD WITH LOGISTICS TODAY
Portal for the Logistics Industry

If you're moving products from one place to another, you should bookmark Logistics Today ( http://www.logisticstoday.com ). This site is a portal for the logistics industry, and it's a rich resource about all aspects of logistics. There are hundreds of articles about every aspect of moving cargo by ground, air, or sea. Scroll down to "Industry Verticals" and you'll see articles about specific industries. There are news articles, too, plus white papers and case studies that will show you how other companies have handled problems, saved money, or increased efficiency. Note: if you're moving products in Russia, check out the Logistics Map of Russia ( http://www.logisticstoday.com/Logistics_map_of_russia_2007_a4.pdf ), which shows cities and transportation hubs, and other logistics information for Russia.

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HOW TO SELL YOUR PRODUCTS TO WAL-MART
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Most business owners don't believe it's possible for them to sell their ideas or products to large chains like Wal-Mart and Target. And you know what?

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It really is possible even for small companies to sell to the major retail chains in the USA. The free web conference on May 31 is being presented by Joe McVoy, an entrepreneur who has done it many times. Join Joe AT NO COST from anywhere in the world. Click here to register.


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THE MAN IN SEAT SIXTY-ONE GETS YOU THERE ON TIME
International Rail & Ship Travel Information

I love flying, but it's not the only way to travel, of course, and there are people who say it's not even the most pleasant way. Mark Smith, who created The Man in Seat Sixty-One ( http://www.seat61.com ) is in that latter group. Mr. Smith is a career railwayman who loves the slower, more intimate pace of rail travel, and he created this site to help people find train or sea routes to their destinations. You'll find tons of resources here, including routes, rates, inside information (like why seat #61 s a good one to reserve on a train), schedules, trip planning, tourist information, hotels & accommodations, and much more for trips just about anywhere in the world.

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RELIABLE INFORMATION FROM HEALTHFINDER.GOV
Health Information

There's so much health-related information on the Internet that you could get overwhelmed. To avoid this, start your research at a good, reliable portal. Healthfinder.gov ( http://www.healthfinder.gov ) is an excellent example. It's an award-winning Web site for consumers, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other Federal agencies. Healthfinder.gov has been around since 1997 (which is a long time on the Internet) and it has been recognized as a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information. It has links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,500 health-related organizations. You can do a keyword search or browse the alphabetical categories. There are also consumer guides, online tests, a health library, medical dictionaries, medical FAQs, links to health-related organizations, and more.

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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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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Trade and Economic Partnership Experts

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 and Economic Partnership Experts for Maxwell Stamp PLC, one of the world's leading international economics consultancies. 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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