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  Wednesday, September 1, 2004 Issue 92 Volume 4 Number 18  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• ALGERIA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE
• CANADIAN ECONOMY ONLINE -- CANADA AT A GLANCE
• TSA WAIT TIMES -- HOW LONG WILL YOU WAIT?
• CONSUMER REPORTS -- UNBIASED PRODUCT REVIEWS
• BENEFITS FOR OUR SUBSCRIBERS

Hello International Traders!

Algeria is a country in North Africa with many opportunities for trade, and I have a site in this issue that will help you research the Algerian market. Also, if you're doing research on Canada, I have a site that's easy to use and full of useful information. Are you taking a flight from a U.S. airport soon? You'll be happy to know I've got a site in this issue that tells you how long you'll have to wait at security checkpoints. Finally, I've got a link to the Consumer Reports site, where you'll find reliable, unbiased information on hundreds of products.

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.

ALGERIA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE

Algeria has a long history of trade. The Phoenicians, renowned traders of the ancient world, founded a seaport there to trade with countries along the Mediterranean. These days, Algeria is still trading, although on a more global scale.

If you'd like to find out more about trade with Algeria, a good site to visit is The Economist Country Briefing on Algeria ( http://www.economist.com/countries/Algeria/ ) which has breaking news, background reports, economic analysis and forecasts, currency exchange rates, links to useful Web sites, and much more.

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

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CANADIAN ECONOMY ONLINE -- CANADA AT A GLANCE


When you eat at a fine restaurant, the presentation is half the fun of the dining experience. It's the same thing with Web sites. The way the information is presented has a lot to do with how useful the site is. Canadian Economy Online ( http://www.canadianeconomy.gc.ca/english/economy/index.cfm ) gets four stars for its presentation. This Canadian government site is well-designed and easy to use. You just click on the hot list of topics you're interested in (Inflation Rate, Exports, Imports, etc.), or choose the broader categories (Families & Workers, Money, International Issues) and select the report you want to read. In addition, there's a section that explains economic terms and concepts, and if you click on the "Captain Economy" character you'll get a useful overview of the Canadian economy.

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THE EUROPEAN BUSINESS DIRECTORY
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TSA WAIT TIMES -- HOW LONG WILL YOU WAIT?

It's a fact of life these days that you have to get to the airport early when you travel, because of lines at security checkpoints. Now there's a Web site you can search to find how long you'll have to wait at these checkpoints in U.S. airports. At TSA Wait Times ( http://waittime.tsa.dhs.gov/index.html ), a site created by the Transportation Security Administration, you just select the airport, day of the week, and time of departure, and you can find out the average and maximum wait times at various security checkpoints. It's a useful tool for trip planning in this age of heightened security.

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CONSUMER REPORTS -- UNBIASED PRODUCT REVIEWS

Consumer Reports was almost as revered as the Bible in our home, and my father never made a large purchase without consulting the magazine. Since the 1930s, the Consumers Union has been testing and reporting on products to let consumers know about the safety and value of what they're purchasing, and now there's Consumer Reports Web site ( http://www.consumerreports.org ), where you can find some of the same information. As always, Consumers Union accepts no outside advertising, no free test samples, and has no agenda other than the interests of consumers -- so you know its product reviews are objective and unbiased. Come to this site to find reviews of everything from automobiles to mutual funds to wine, and hundreds of other products. You need to subscribe to read the reports, but the fee is minimal.

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BENEFITS FOR OUR SUBSCRIBERS

FITA offers our subscribers many benefits. Go to the "Global Trade Shop" for services that are of great value. For example:

Take a look!



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