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Hello, John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. Poland has had one of the fastest growing economies in the world during the last ten years, and in this issue I have a site that will help you take advantage of this incredible growth. Also, if you want to know what's going on in Latin America, I've got a site that will get you up to speed. Do you need to find an answer fast? The Web has lots of reference sites where you can get answers, and I have a site that will show you where to find them. Finally, every trader needs to know how to use Carnets, and I've got a site that will show you how to use them like an expert in no time.

If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal ( http://fita.org ), an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related to international trade.

POLAND -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

http://www.buyusa.gov/poland/en/

Like other countries in Central Europe, Poland has gone through enormous changes in the last 20 years. The transition from a communist, state-run system to a free market was jarring at first, but these days Poland has a robust economy with an impressive growth rate. Example: it was second in the world from 1993-2002 for annual growth rate in imports. With 40 million consumers, Poland is the largest market in Central Europe, and it's poised to join the European Union this Spring, which bodes well for anyone looking for new markets. Here's a site that will help you learn more about trade with Poland.

The U.S. Commercial Service Doing Business in Poland ( http://www.buyusa.gov/poland/en/ ) page has everything you need to get started doing business in Poland. It's written for American firms, but no matter what country you're from, you'll find plenty of useful information here. There's a list of the 10 best prospects for exporting to the Polish market, quick facts about the Polish economy, and a Country Commercial Guide that gives detailed information on how to break into the Polish market (just click on "Market Research on Poland" and then "Country Commercial Guide").

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LATINFOCUS

http://www.latin-focus.com

If you have business interests in Latin America, you should bookmark LatinFocus ( http://www.latin-focus.com/ ). This site calls itself "the leading source for Latin America economies", and it's probably right. LatinFocus has the latest news and commentary coming out of the region, categorized by country and presented both in English and Spanish. There are also daily listings of exchange rates, economic indicators, and a calendar of financial events. The site publishes a monthly forecast that includes experts providing economic briefings, market analysis, and political risk assessments. There are also many useful links if you click on "Web Directory".

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THE FITA BUY/SELL EXCHANGE

http://fita.worldbid.com

FITA's business-to-business marketplace at http://fita.worldbid.com helps your company find more business by delivering tender opportunities, RFQ's and qualified offers to buy and sell. The FITA Buy/Sell Exchange give you access to a global network of affiliated trade sites that work together to bring together businesses across borders.

According to Tom Huynh of AAA Wholesale Distributor, "...Worldbid.com [FITA's partner powering the Buy Sell Exchange] has given us an opportunity to conduct our [giftware] business worldwide."

Click here to boost your trading with the FITA Buy/Sell Exchange, powered by Worldbid.com.

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INTERNET REFERENCE SOURCES

http://www.lib.virginia.edu/reference/

You'd think someone who writes about Web sites like I do would know exactly where to go when I need to search for a phone number, or a map, or a dictionary definition. I blush to admit it, but I don't always bookmark the sites I find, so I flounder around when I'm looking for information, just like a beginner. Well, I'm going to bookmark this next site, because Internet Reference Sources ( http://www.lib.virginia.edu/reference ) is a one-stop source for any reference question you may have. It has links to phone and address finders, almanacs, maps, dictionaries, medical information, stock quotes, recipe collections, weather reports, and hundreds of other indispensable sites.

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ATA CARNET FAQ

http://atacarnet.com/faq.htm

Although FAQ (frequently asked questions) pages didn't exist before the Internet, I wonder how we got along without them. FAQs take the most complicated subjects and reduce them to their basics, and they're great learning tools. Anyone who does international trade can benefit from visiting the ATA Carnet FAQ ( http://atacarnet.com/faq.htm ), because it gives you all the information you need to make use of Carnets, which are useful documents for reducing the paperwork and expenses involved in importing and exporting.

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