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  Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Issue 202 Volume 8 Number 25  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• INDIA
Our Featured Country
• THOMAS GLOBAL -- FIRST STEP FOR COMPANY RESEARCH
Global Business Directory
• GET THE LATEST NEWS AT NEWSDIRECTORY.COM
News from Around the World
• ALL THE FORECASTS AT VATLAS WEATHER
Get the Weather Anywhere
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Director of Global Trade Compliance

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here, with more sites to help you succeed in global trade.

In spite of the recent terrorist outbreaks, India remains an attractive market for international trade. It has had more than ten years of sustained growth, and it's a country with lots of opportunities for trade. I have a site in this issue with links to many solid research sites about India.Also, if you need to research a company anywhere in the world, I have a site that has information about thousands of companies in its database. Do you want to read the news online? I found a site that has links to media sites all over the world. Finally, if you want anything from a quick weather forecast to a more detailed report, I have a site in this issue that will help you find it.

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.

INDIA
Our Featured Country

The Indian economy has been a remarkable success story for more than a decade, and life has gotten better for millions of its people due to its continued expansion. India's economy is the sixth largest in the world in terms of purchasing power parity, and it has grown by more than seven percent a year since 1997. Prospects look good for the future, and this is definitely a country worth investigating for its foreign trade potential. If you're interested in the Indian economy, a good site to visit is the India Links page at globalEDGE™ (http://globaledge.msu.edu/countryInsights/links.asp?countryID=181®ionID=3), from Michigan State University. This is a page of links to Web portals about the Indian economy, and you'll find statistics, trade leads, contacts, business directories, industry profiles, news, stock quotes, economic indicators, opportunities, laws & regulations, and much more. There are enough sites here to keep you busy for days researching the Indian economy, and it's a very useful site to bookmark.

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

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 India 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).

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THOMAS GLOBAL -- FIRST STEP FOR COMPANY RESEARCH
Global Business Directory

There are some sites you should bookmark because you use them so frequently, and this is one of them. Thomas Global (http://www.thomasglobal.com) has a database of hundreds of thousands of industrial suppliers and products around the world. If you want to find the name and address of a manufacturer of seals & gaskets in the Czech Republic, for example, this is the place to visit. You simply type in a product, service, or company name, and specify the country or region, and Thomas Global will give you the information you need. You can also click on a product category and drill down to the subcategories till you find a listing of companies in that industry. Each company listing has an address and phone number, plus a link to the company's Web site. If you register for a free account you can also save your searches, and create contact lists from the searches you run.

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GET THE LATEST NEWS AT NEWSDIRECTORY.COM
News from Around the World

Print newspapers are steadily losing circulation in many parts of the world, but online news is booming. There are thousands of online editions of newspapers now, and more are appearing almost daily. There are so many, in fact, that you need a good portal to keep track of them. One good resource is NewsDirectory.com (http://www.ecola.com). At this site you can search thousands of newspapers by title, keyword, or area code, or browse them by country, region, or State. There are also links to specific types of newspapers (business, college, etc.), columnists, comics, daily horoscopes, magazines, and TV news.

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ALL THE FORECASTS AT VATLAS WEATHER
Get the Weather Anywhere

If you're looking for a comprehensive, worldwide weather site, go to vAtlas Weather (http://www.vatlas.com/weather/). Here you'll find weather forecasts, satellite views, information about tropical weather systems, a calculator (you can convert Fahrenheit to Celsius, etc.), weather-themed wallpapers for your computer, and links to hundreds of sites about weather (storm chasing, marine weather, air quality, aviation weather, climate prediction, etc.). Whether you want a quick forecast or a more in-depth look at the weather, this is a site you should visit.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Director of Global 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 Global Trade Compliance for a manufacturer in Los Angeles, 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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