FITA
 
 
  Wednesday, February 6, 2008 Issue 180 Volume 8 Number 3  
This issue sponsored by MedJet Assist
IN THIS ISSUE:
• MEXICO
Our Featured Country
• BETTER PROSPECTS THROUGH THE CANADA-BRAZIL TRADE PORTAL
Information about trade with Brazil
• SAVE TIME AND MONEY WITH CARNETS
A passport for temporary imports
• VISIT WIKITRAVEL BEFORE YOUR NEXT TRIP
Learn and talk about travel online
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Director of Trade Compliance

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here with the latest sites to help you in the trade arena!

Mexico's economy keeps growing, and I've got a site in this issue that will help you learn more about this promising market. Also, I found a new site with many resources to help companies interested in trade with Canada and Brazil. In addition, you can learn all about carnets at a site I feature in this issue. Finally, I found a site with tons of travel-related information, plus it's free and updated every day!

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.

MEXICO
Our Featured Country

Mexico's economy recently entered the trillion dollar club, and the country is modernizing its economy rapidly. Mexico has signed free trade agreements with over 40 nations, and last year was in the top 20 countries worldwide for both imports and exports. If this sounds like a place you want to research further, a good site to visit is MEXonline.com ( http://www.mexonline.com ). This is a portal to all sorts of information about Mexico. Click on one of the categories in the left column and you'll find: news, restaurant reviews, cultural information (holidays, festivals & events, sports, etc.), business guides, real estate listings (residential & commercial), maps, hotel & resort directories, message boards, travel tips, trade directories, and much more.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the Mexico Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/mexico.html ), a feature of the FITA Web site. The Mexico 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 Mexico.

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 Mexico 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 Japan. Check out Doing Business in Mexico: A Practical Guide, Doing Business And Investing in Mexico and Mexico - Culture Smart!: a quick guide to customs and etiquette.

The following associations are FITA member associations. Their sites offer more resources about doing business with Mexico:

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

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BETTER PROSPECTS THROUGH THE CANADA-BRAZIL TRADE PORTAL
Information about trade with Brazil

Brazil and Canada are among the world's largest economies, and they just launched a site, the Canada-Brazil Trade Portal ( http://www.brazcan.org ), which you should bookmark if you want information about doing business with either country. There are lots of links to government-sponsored trade promotion programs for businesses in Canada and Brazil, but there's plenty of good information even if you're not from those countries. You'll find links to company directories, buyer's guides, government agencies, trade show calendars, market research, trade laws, customs brokers, demographics, statistics, industry associations, and lots more.

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MEDJET ASSISTANCE: PEACE OF MIND WHILE TRAVELING AND TRANSLATION ASSISTANCE
http://www.medjetassist.com/fita

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SAVE TIME AND MONEY WITH CARNETS
A passport for temporary imports

A carnet is a document that can save you time and money if you're an importer. Carnets simplify customs procedures and eliminate tariffs and value-added taxes (VAT) or the posting of a security deposit that is normally required at the time of importation. Carnets can cut out a lot of red tape, and maybe that's why they're recognized by over 90 countries. There's a page with lots of practical information about carnets at the United States Council for International Business site ( http://www.uscib.org/index.asp?documentID=1843 ). You'll also find information about other types of trade documents by clicking on the topics in the left column.

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VISIT WIKITRAVEL BEFORE YOUR NEXT TRIP
Learn and talk about travel online

You've probably used Wikipedia ( http://wikipedia.org ), the wildly popular Web encyclopedia created and maintained by thousands of volunteers. Well, the concept has been so successful that now there are new "wikis" popping up every day, for all kinds of subjects. An especially good one, to my mind, is Wikitravel ( http://wikitravel.org ). If you're planning a trip you should visit this site, because it's got articles on just about every destination you can think of. The beauty of Wikitravel is that it's written by travelers, and they give you the kind of common sense tips and advice that you can't get elsewhere. Someone who just got back from China yesterday may write an article, and you'll get information that's as current as possible. There are over 17,600 destination guides, and that number is growing every day. You'll find links within each article to information about restaurants, transportation, lodging, attractions, and much more.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Director of Trade Compliance

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 Director of Trade Compliance for Intermatic, Inc., a manufacturer of consumer and industrial energy control products in Spring Grove, IL. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions!

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

Let the jobs come to you! Employers are looking for people with international skills. Post your resume TODAY and reap the rewards of the FITA Career HQ! And with a FITA Career HQ job agent, you can decide what kind of job you are looking for and let the system do the searching for you. Simply set up specific search parameters in a Job Agent, and whenever a job is posted that matches your criteria, you'll be notified automatically via email. It's that easy!

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