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  Wednesday, February 20, 2008 Issue 181 Volume 8 Number 4  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• NEW ZEALAND
Our Featured Country
• FIND EXPERTS AT THE VIRTUAL LIBRARY OF LOGISTICS
Get Help for Logistics Needs
• THE GATEWAY TO THE EUROPEAN UNION
All you want to know about the European Union
• WHERE IS IT? FIND OUT WITH TRACKMYSHIPMENTS
Track Your Shipments
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Director of Trade Compliance

Hello International Traders!

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

New Zealand is a gem in the South Pacific, full of opportunity for business, and I have a site in this issue to help you research it. Need to find a freight forwarder in Thailand? I have a site where you can search for logistics companies in every country. I also feature a site where you can get tons of information about trade with the European Union. Finally, tracking your packages is easier than ever at the site I highlight in this issue.

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.

NEW ZEALAND
Our Featured Country

In land area, New Zealand is only the size of Colorado, but in economic terms, it's a powerhouse. New Zealand ranks in the top 60 countries worldwide for imports, and per capita income has risen for eight consecutive years (in purchasing power parity terms). New Zealand is worth researching as a trade partner, and a good site to do that is New Zealand Trade & Enterprise ( http://nzte.govt.nz ). This government site has plenty of information to help you learn about New Zealand. Hint: click on "Resources & Research" under "Quick-find topics" on the home page. Scroll down and you'll find plenty of resources, including export statistics, case studies, market intelligence, industry sector reports, news & media releases, and links to other useful sites. That's just one link: you can find many others starting at the home page. This is a very useful site for anyone who wants to do business in New Zealand.

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

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 New Zealand 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 New Zealand. Check out Culture Shock! New Zealand: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette and New Zealand - Culture Smart!: a quick guide to customs and etiquette.

The Canada Australia & New Zealand Business Association is a FITA member association. Their sites offer more resources about doing business with New Zealand. And click here to search the FITA Member Directory for links to FITA member associations' websites.

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FIND EXPERTS AT THE VIRTUAL LIBRARY OF LOGISTICS
Get Help for Logistics Needs


Whenever you do business abroad you have to think about the logistics of moving goods. You may need to deal with freight forwarders, customs brokers, and shipping companies, among others. Here's a good resource to help you find companies to work with. The WWW Virtual Library of Logistics ( http://www.logisticsworld.com/logistics/ ) has a database of companies and organizations in the field of logistics. If you want to find a freight forwarder in Turkey, for example, type "freight forwarder Turkey" in the search box, click "Find", and you'll get a list with links to Turkish freight forwarders. There are thousands of logistics links at this site, and it's a great portal to visit when you're looking for a resource in a certain country.

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THE GATEWAY TO THE EUROPEAN UNION
All you want to know about the European Union

I wrote about Europa: Gateway To The European Union ( http://europa.eu/index_en.htm ) a few years ago, but the site keeps growing, and it's worth another profile. The European Union has become a major trading power in the world, and this site will give you the facts about it. There are articles about subjects from Agriculture to Transport, reports, press releases, news bulletins, downloadable documents, statistics (click on "External Trade", then on "Statistics"), plus links to more resources. You can spend hours clicking through the links at this site, but it's time well spent for anyone who wants to learn more about the EU.

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WHERE IS IT? FIND OUT WITH TRACKMYSHIPMENTS
Track Your Shipments

If you order a lot of products online like me, you'll appreciate Trackmyshipments ( http://www.trackmyshipments.com ). This simple, straightforward site will help you find out where your shipment is, and it does it with a minimum of fuss or bother. You simply forward the confirmation e-mail you get from the shipper to Trackmyshipments, and they take over from there. TrackMyShipments then monitors the shipment's progress using data gathered from the shipping company’s systems and updates you via Web site, e-mail and SMS text message alerts about the status of your packages. It's free, and all you need to do is register to set up an account. With this site you'll be able to track all your shipments easily and quickly.

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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 Import/Export Specialist for Kimber Mfg Inc. , a manufacturer of classic sporting firearms in Yonkers, NY. 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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