Monday, April 16, 2001
Here's your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional. This free bi-weekly
newsletter reviews useful Web sites from the Web Resources database at FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal at http://fita.org, an
excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link
library of 7,000+ sites related to international trade.
Please feel free to pass this newsletter on to others.
My name is John McDonnell, and for years I wrote a weekly e-
newsletter that profiled business-oriented Web sites. Now I'm
using my Web research skills to find sites that are useful for
international trade, as well as some fun sites that you'll enjoy
I've made my share of mistakes over the years, but whenever I
make a particularly big one I console myself by remembering that
in 1895 Lord Kelvin, a distinguished British scientist, made a
whopper when he said that, "Heavier-than-air flying machines are
impossible." It took only eight years for him to get egg on his
face, when the Wright brothers made their first successful
flight in 1903.
If Kelvin had been right, what a different world we'd live in!
Being able to get from here to there easily has changed
everything, including the way we do business. Companies can now
do business halfway across the globe as easily as in their own
hometown. If you want to compete in today's global economy, you
have to make use of modern transportation capabilities.
And now there's a gateway to transportation information on the
Web. Everything from train schedules to maps to road condition
reports are available at The New Jersey TIDE Center at www.njtide.org/links/index.html, a site that has
hundreds of links to transportation sites around the Web.
Want to see a map of the Barcelona metro system? There's a link
to it here. How about a real-time traffic volume map of Athens,
Greece? You'll find it here. You'll also find links to government
transportation sites, professional societies, pictures of planes,
trains, and automobiles, plus schedules and maps for airline,
shipping, railroad, and other transportation systems around the
world, and much more. The only problem I have with this site is
that it uses pale blue text on a white background -- not very
easy on the eyes. But aside from that, this is a great gateway to
transportation resources on the Web.
ASIA SEARCH ENGINE
Whatever you need to know about Asia, you'll probably find it at
ASIACO, the Asia Search Engine at search.asiaco.com. ASIACO has a searchable collection of thousands of Web sites
for thirty Asian countries. Select a country, or click on the
map, and you'll come to a list of categories like Business and
Economy, Computers and Internet, Society and Culture, etc. Keep
clicking and you'll come to a list of sites, each with a short
Although this site
has a long name, don't let that deter you.
2000 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade
Barriers at www.ustr.gov/reports/ has capsule reports
in PDF format on trade conditions in dozens of countries
worldwide. It's mostly concerned with export barriers
to U.S. goods, but the information is valuable to anyone
interested in foreign trade.
If you're a weather junkie like me, you'll love My-Cast at www.my-cast.com. This site actually tells you what the
weather conditions are going to be in your neighborhood. Talk
about micro-forecasting! Digital Cyclone, a Minnesota company,
uses computer models and mapping devices to make forecasts in
four-mile areas across the continential U.S. After you register
with My-Cast (it's free) you just type in your ZIP code and your
usual outside activities (gardening, washing your car, playing
golf, etc.) and sign up for daily updates, and three-to-five day
forecasts. You also can choose multiple locations: home, work, a
travel or vacation destination, and more.
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