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  Wednesday, August 1, 2007 Issue 167 Volume 7 Number 16  
This issue sponsored by Piers.

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• ITALY
Our Featured Country
• FIND PRODUCTS WORLDWIDE WITH KOMPASS
Worldwide Business Directory
• GET QUICK ANSWERS WITH MEGACONVERTER 2
Convert to and from Metric and other Measurement Systems
• LOOKING FOR A WIRELESS CONNECTION? TRY HOTSPOT FINDER
Directory of WI-FI Worldwide
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Import Control & Compliance Advisor

Hello International Traders!

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

Italy is one of the world's largest trading nations, and I found a site that will help you get started in this fertile market. Also, I have a site with a worldwide database of products, services, and companies you can search. If you need to convert miles to kilometers, or do hundreds of other conversions, I have a site where you can do it instantly. Finally, I found a site where you can search for wireless "hotspots" anywhere in the world.

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.

ITALY
Our Featured Country

Italy has long been a center of trade in the Meditteranean, and in fact the city-states of Venice and Genoa were the most important trading hubs between Europe and Asia in the Middle Ages. Today, Italy is one of the world's ten biggest importers and exporters, with many opportunities for foreign businesses. If you'd like to research trade with Italy, a good site to visit is the Italian Trade Commission ( http://www.italtrade.com ) site. Here you'll find: a directory of Italian manufacturers & suppliers; a calendar of trade events; Italian business news; industry & market statistics; case histories; a database where you can post requests & offers; training & seminars for foreign businesses; information on the Italian legal & tax systems; and more.

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

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 Italy 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 Italy. Check out Starting a Business in Italy: How to Set Up And Run a Successful Business in the Bel Paese and Italy - Culture Smart!: a quick guide to customs and etiquette.

The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast, Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia and Italy/America Chamber of Commere & Trade of New England are FITA member associations. Their websites offer more resources about doing business with Italy.

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



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FIND PRODUCTS WORLDWIDE WITH KOMPASS
Worldwide Business Directory

Here's a site that I think every businessperson who's involved in trade should bookmark. Kompass ( www.kompass.com ) allows you to search for important business information about products, companies, and executives worldwide at the click of a mouse. Kompass says it has 54,000 product & service keywords in its database, from 2.2 million companies in 70 countries. There are also 4.2 million names of executives at those companies. To search, you just type in a keyword for a product, service, or company, specify the country (or, you can select "worldwide"), and voila! You'll get a list matching your criteria. Each listing has contact information (name, address, phone and fax, e-mail, etc.) and the names of some executives. If the company has a Web site, there will be a link to it. There are also databases for public tenders and requests for quotation that you can search. Kompass has more bells and whistles if you sign up for a paid subscription, but there's plenty of information here for free also.

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CATCH UP WITH THE “FOOTLOOSE INDUSTRY“ …
http://www.piers.com/register

Low-cost production technology makes home textiles manufacturing “footloose” … easy to start up and move out as global markets change. When textile trade quotas ended in 2005, production was expected to shift quickly.

(No surprise) China has been the big gainer, strengthening its position as top source of U.S. textiles imports. BUT there are newcomers to the top 10: including Malaysia, which ranked 36 in 2000, and is now No. 7 (where Hong Kong, now banished from the top 10, used to be). And it looks like China may become a victim of its success, losing its low-cost leadership to countries a few rungs down the industrialization ladder.

PIERS, the leading source of U.S. waterborne trade information, captures the dynamics of the Home Textiles market in its current Sector Snapshot, a periodic synopsis of containerized import-export trade in bellwether commodities.

You can download this 375K PDF from PIERS FREE. Click here.

You can also tap the PIERS database of global buyers and sellers to find your next customer or new source of supply.

To learn more about PIERS commercial intelligence, call 1-800-952-3839, ext. 7128, or register online at www.piers.com/register.

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GET QUICK ANSWERS WITH MEGACONVERTER 2
Convert to and from Metric and other Measurement Systems

I profiled MegaConverter 2 ( http://www.megaconverter.com/Mega2/ ) in the early days of this newsletter, and when I revisited the site recently I was amazed at how much it's grown. It used to be called just MegaConverter, and it was a great spot for converting weights, distances ("how many yards are there in a kilometer?") and other measurements. The new and improved version has hundreds of conversions now, in areas like chemistry, cooking, currency, dress sizes, engineering, finance, fuel efficiency, lighting, oceans, shoe sizes, and more. And, there's a nifty calculator you can use that will add, subtract, and do a lot of other calculations I can't even begin to understand.

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LOOKING FOR A WIRELESS CONNECTION? TRY HOTSPOT FINDER
Directory of WI-FI Worldwide

Technology has made it easier than ever to connect to the Internet, and my favorite place to work now is a coffee shop with a high-speed wireless connection. There are more wireless "hotspots" coming online all the time, and if you're searching for one near you, go to Hotspot Finder ( http://usatoday.jiwire.com ). Just type in an address or airport code, select a city and/or state, and you'll get a list of nearby hotspots. You can even specify things like how near you want the hotspots to be, and whether they're free or not. You can search for hotspots anywhere in the world, and there's even a Quick Finder that will let you search just for hotspots in hotels, airports, and cafes.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Import Control & Compliance Advisor

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 Import Control & Compliance Advisor for the Raytheon Company, Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS) in Falls Church, VA. 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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