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  Wednesday, July 21, 2004 Issue 89 Volume 4 Number 15  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• EGYPT -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE
• TRADEPORT MARKET REPORTS
• MORE TARIFF AND TRADE INFO
• EURONEWS

Interested in trade with Egypt? I've got a site in this issue that will help you develop a thriving business. I've also found a site with free, in-depth reports on various markets in Spain. Also, I have more U.S. tariff and trade information, which supplements a site I profiled in the last issue. And finally, I have a fun site with video clips of the latest news stories affecting Europe.

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.

EGYPT -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE

Egypt was a flourishing civilization five thousand years ago, and it was trading with its neighbors before the first pyramids were built. Today, the country offers a fertile market for trade. If you want to find out how to get started, go to the U.S. Commercial Service Egypt page ( http://www.buyusainfo.net/body.cfm?dbf=&search_type2=int&country= Egypt&logic=and&loadnav=no ). This is a portal to U.S. agency reports on Egypt, and it has quite a lot of good information. There's a Country Commercial Guide, which will give you a good picture of Egyptian economic trends and outlook, the political environment, the leading sectors for trade, the customs and trade regulations, project financing, economic statistics, and more. When you finish the Country Commercial Guide, click on the industry reports to get a detailed look at scores of Egyptian industries.

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

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TRADEPORT MARKET REPORTS


If I was trying to export soccer balls to Spain, I'd want to know that Catalonia has more soccer players than any other part of the country. Where would I find that out? The Tradeport Web site ( http://www.tradeport.org/ ), which has over 120 industry specific marketing reports that have been made available from the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) in Spain. These reports have detailed industry data and growth strategies for companies that want to do business in, or export goods and services to, the Spanish market. At the Tradeport home page, click on "Free industry reports". You have to register to read the reports, but registration is free.

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MedjetAssist: PEACE OF MIND WHEN TRAVELERS NEED IT MOST
http://www.fita.org/travel/medjetdescript.htm

A medical doctor from West Virginia was on vacation with his wife in Rome recently when they had an extreme medical emergency. As MedjetAssist members, they made a collect call to the 24 hour hotline and received quick assistance.

They wrote, "My wife and I wish to express our deep appreciation for your rapid and professional response to our medical emergency in Rome. We were amazed at how you took care of the most minute detail and made it possible for us to return to medical care in the States as quickly as possible. When we tell people about our experience and how expertly you handled our return to the United States they cannot believe that this could be done so expertly and efficiently."

MedjetAssist is an annual membership program for U.S-based travelers providing air medical transportation to its members should they become hospitalized due to accident or illness virtually anywhere in the world. The program transports members, free of charge, to the hospital of their choice, most often in medically equipped and staffed jets. Click on www.fita.org/travel/medjetdescript.htm to become a MedjetAssist member now at reduced FITA rates.

MedjetAssist publishes a free brochure, "A Guide To Traveling Smart". Contact MedjetAssist directly at (800) 963-3538 to order it. Make sure to mention FITA to get the FITA discount if you enroll.


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MORE TARIFF AND TRADE INFO

In the last issue I profiled the USITC's Tariff and Trade Dataweb ( http://dataweb.usitc.gov ), which has a searchable database of international trade statistics and U.S. tariff data. Jan Summers, Attorney-Advisor at the USITC, wrote to say that although the Dataweb has useful information, businesspeople should be aware that the USITC also publishes the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, which contains legal and statistical information omitted from the Dataweb. This publication is available in print and CD-ROM versions at the Government Printing Office ( http://bookstore.gpo.gov/subscriptions/subs009.html#001 ) Web site. Summers also advised that "users of the HTS read the Preface to the schedule, that they avoid reliance on a mere electronic search to attempt to classify goods for tariff purposes, and that they consult the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection ( http://www.cbp.gov ) with their questions about the tariff and customs treatment of imported goods".

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EURONEWS

I'm a news junkie, and when I come across another news site, I'm like a kid in a candy store. This week I discovered EuroNews ( http://www.euronews.net ), which was created by a group of European public broadcasters to deliver news with a European slant. This site is for people who like to get their news in quick sound bites. Each story is presented in video format, and you'll need a video program like Real Player (which you can download at the site) and a reasonably fast Internet connection to make it worthwhile. The stories are fun to watch: the day I visited I watched clips about an inflatable balloon system to keep ships afloat, a South African surf tournament, Men's Fashion Week in Milan, and an interview with the mayor of Athens, among others.

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