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  Wednesday, July 9, 2008 Issue 191 Volume 8 Number 14  
This issue sponsored by Piers

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• SWEDEN
Our Featured Country
• WISERTRADE, FOR IN-DEPTH TRADE DATA
Useful Trade Data
• NEED AN EXPERT? GO TO SOURCES AND EXPERTS
Find an Expert on Anything
• CHOOSE THE BEST SEARCH ENGINE FOR YOUR INFORMATION NEED
Use the Right Search Engine
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
International Trade Officer

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell with four more sites to help you get the best research information about international trade.

Business prospects look good in Sweden, and I have a site that will help you get a foot in the door in this thriving market. Also, I found a reasonably-priced subscription site with solid trade data about the U.S. and other countries. Do you need an expert? I have a site in this issue that will connect you with experts in many fields. Finally, target your searches better with the site I found that shows each search engine's strengths.

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.

SWEDEN
Our Featured Country

Sweden has only two-tengths of a percent of the world's population, but it accounts for two percent of the world's trade. It has a high standard of living, a skilled labor force, and an economy that's heavily oriented toward foreign trade. It's in the top 30 countries worldwide for both imports and exports. If this sounds like a country you'd like to research, go to Trade With Sweden (http://www.tradewithsweden.com). Select your country at the home page, and then select a category after that. Selecting "Trade With Sweden" and then "Exporting/Importing" will bring you to a page of links to sites with statistics, trade leads, and lots of other good information. If you click on "About Sweden" and then "Economy" you'll find links to Swedish trade statistics. This site has plenty of useful information, and you can spent a lot of productive time researching here.

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

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 Sweden 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 19 Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce are FITA member associations. Check out their website for more resources about doing business with Sweden.

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WISERTRADE, FOR IN-DEPTH TRADE DATA
Useful Trade Data

I have always tried to find sources of free information to profile in this newsletter, but there are some subscription-based sites that are definitely worth looking at. WISERTrade (http://www.wisertrade.org) is one of them. This site, which is based at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts, has lots of useful trade statistics, and the price is reasonable. You can find statistics like: imports & exports by U.S. State; Canadian video game imports by partner State & country; European Union imports & exports from 1998 to the present for the 25 EU countries; Chinese imports & exports from 2003 to the present; and much more. Click on "pricing" at the home page for a list of prices. There are various subscription options, and you can even pay-as-you-go for individual reports. Also, there are links on the home page to free trade data from U.S. government sources.

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AROUND THE WORLD, BUILDING STILL BOOMS … AND PUSHES DEMAND FOR U.S. CHEMICALS EXPORTS
http://piers.com/chemicalsnapshot/

PIERS forecasts volume gains at an annual rate of 7.9% this year for U.S. containerized exports of chemicals —a top U.S. exporting sector that accounts for 10 cents of every dollar in U.S. exports.

A look at the fastest growing category of chemicals exports — vinyl alcohol and PVC resins, up over 500% in 2000-06 — provides one clue to what’s driving demand. More than half of PVC — or polyvinyl chloride — around the world is used in construction. While new housing starts falter in the U.S., the global building boom, especially in Asia and the Middle East, continues apace.

PIERS, the leader in U.S. waterborne trade information, surveys the global chemicals market in its current “Sector Snapshot,” a periodic summary of containerized import-export trade in bellwether commodities.

You can download this 431K 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 … and with the new Trade Profiles Connect, you get Web access to click-to-send links to the emailboxes of company decision makers, each of whom has passed “opt-out” screening.

To learn more about PIERS commercial intelligence, call us at 1-800-952-3839, ext. 7175, or register online at www.piers.com/register.


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NEED AN EXPERT? GO TO SOURCES AND EXPERTS
Find an Expert on Anything

Journalists use expert sources all the time, so if you want to find an expert about anything, ask a journalist. If you don't know any journalists (or even if you do) go to Sources And Experts (http://www.ibiblio.org/slanews/internet/experts.htm) instead. This is a page of links to experts in various categories. Many of the links lead to university Web sites, where you'll find academics who are renowned in their fields. People in the foreign trade field will want to scroll down to "International", where there are links to organizations about various global topics. You may not get the same access as a journalist who's working on a story, but the beauty of the Internet is that you can contact these experts easily by e-mail, and they may answer some of your questions, or give you leads to other sources of information. This is a useful research tool.

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CHOOSE THE BEST SEARCH ENGINE FOR YOUR INFORMATION NEED
Use the Right Search Engine

I've been researching on the Internet since the early 1990s, but even I get confused sometimes about which search engine to use. If you're like me, bookmark NoodleTools' Choose The Best Search Engine For Your Information Need (http://www.noodletools.com/debbie/literacies/information/5locate/adviceengine.html). This page has a handy reference chart that shows exactly what the strengths of each search engine are. If you need facts, opinions, timely information, an answer from a specific academic discipline, help defining your topic, or other search parameters, this page will show you exactly which search engine is the best to use. There are links to each search tool, so there's no delay when you want to do a search. I'm going to bookmark this page, so I can use it to target my searches better

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
International Trade Officer

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 an International Trade Officer for ITT Communications Systems (CS), world leader in developing wireless networking systems for tactical communications in Colorado Springs, CO; Thousand Oaks, CA; and San Diego, CA. 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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