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  Wednesday, June 23, 2004 Issue 87 Volume 4 Number 13  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• NEW ZEALAND -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE
• OPEN DIRECTORY
• BRADMANS TRAVEL GUIDES
• 419LEGAL

Hello International Traders!

In this issue I have a site that will help you crack the New Zealand market, and another that's a different kind of search engine. I also have a site with very useful travel guides, and one that will help you learn about Internet scams, so you can protect yourself against them.

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.

NEW ZEALAND -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE

Once known as an isolated country in the South Pacific with more sheep than people, New Zealand has worked to turn itself into an industrialized, free market economy that can compete in the global marketplace. Per capita income has been rising, and is now 80 percent of the level of the four largest EU economies.

New Zealand is heavily dependent on trade, and if you want to find out how to develop your business with this growing country, go to New Zealand Trade & Enterprise ( http://www.nzte.govt.nz ). This site is run by the New Zealand Trade Development Agency, and it's full of useful resources for you. As just one example, click on "Resources & Research" under Quick-Find Topics, then scroll down to "International Media: New Zealand Background Research" and you'll come to a page with reports on various New Zealand export sectors. There's lots more at this site, including business and government contacts, statistics, market research, and articles on how to break into the New Zealand market.

There are more useful links to New Zealand at the FITA site. Simply go to http://www.fita.org/webindex/countries.html, then go to "Australia, New Zealand and Oceania" and click on New Zealand. Or, you can type "New Zealand" in the search box at http://www.fita.org.

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OPEN DIRECTORY


There are lots of search engines on the Web, but one of the quirkiest is The Open Directory Project ( http://dmoz.org ). This site is run by thousands of volunteer editors around the globe, people who find and review sites in their area of expertise. ODP editors are Web searchers creating a directory for other Web searches. This kind of philanthropy and passion creates a directory that is directly relevant to what people are looking for on the Web. Because of this, you can find results on ODP that you may not get on the commercial search engines like Google. ODP is a useful addition to your search arsenal -- you may be pleasantly surprised at what you find.

And incidentally, if you to a search on "international trade" in the Open Directory, you will note that our website, http://fita.org, is listed prominently in 3 categories: Business: International Business and Trade: Associations (the featured listing in the category), Business: International Business and Trade: Directories and Business: International Business and Trade: Services: Information.



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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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BRADMANS TRAVEL GUIDES

If you're planning a business trip to a place you've never been before, it's a good idea to do a little research. One good information source is Bradmans Travel Guides ( http://www.bradmans.com ). Bradmans has in-depth guides to most major cities and countries worldwide. Want to know a good restaurant in Abu Dhabi? The best way to get to Moscow from the airport? How much to tip in Switzerland? You'll find all these answers at Bradmans. Just click on the name of your destination, and you'll find a detailed guide. Click on "hotels" or "restaurants" at the top of the page, and you'll find information on where to eat and spend the night in that city. A visit to Bradmans will ensure your trip is a successful one.

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419LEGAL

I'm one of the the biggest boosters of the Internet on the planet, but even I have to admit that this worldwide online community has made it easier for scammers and fraud artists to ply their trades. Every week I receive dozens of e-mails promising me easy money if I will only cooperate in a "perfectly legal" financial transaction (which involves me sending money to the person who sent the e-mail). These are called "419 scams", because many of them originate in Nigeria, and they are outlined in Section 419 of the Nigerian Criminal Code. Now there are sites that have been created to fight this problem. 419Legal ( http://www.419legal.org ) is one. At this site you can report scams, read an archive of e-mail scam letters, view a list of fake banks and lotteries, join a discussion forum about Internet fraud, and find out how to combat this problem.

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