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  Wednesday, December 8, 2004 Issue 99 Volume 4 Number 25  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• GENERAL MOTORS -- OUR FEATURED COMPANY
• CUSTOMS RULINGS ONLINE SEARCH SYSTEM -- CUSTOMS DATABASE
• ALLYOUCANREAD.COM -- MAGAZINES AND NEWS
•  GOOGLE CHEAT SHEET -- FINE TUNE YOUR SEARCHES

Hello International Traders!

General Motors is the world's largest automaker, and it buys billions of dollars of products each year. If you'd like to research business opportunities with GM, I have a site in this issue that will give you all the information you need. Like to read? I found a site that has links to 23,000 magazines and newspapers around the world. Many businesspeople need to keep up with U.S. Customs & Border Protection Rulings, and I have a site in this issue where you can do just that. Finally, I have Google Cheat Sheet, which has tips for fine-tuning your searches on Google.

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.

GENERAL MOTORS -- OUR FEATURED COMPANY

During the third quarter of this year General Motors posted a $440 million profit, which, if it were a country, would make it one of the top economies in the world. The world's largest automaker, GM does business with almost every country, and this year will sell over 400,000 cars and trucks in China alone.

If you'd like to find out how to sell products to GM, a good place to start is Doing Business with GM ( http://www.gm.com/company/corp_info/doing_business ), a page at the company's Web site. Click on "Supply Power" and you'll come to a page with lots of news, links and information about selling to GM, buying surplus materials from GM, shipping instructions, supplier feedback forms, and much more. Some information is only available if you register, but all you need to register is an Ultimate DUNS number (available from Dun & Bradstreet).

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CUSTOMS RULINGS ONLINE SEARCH SYSTEM -- CUSTOMS DATABASE


If you deal with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a good site to visit is the Customs Rulings Online Search System -- CUSTOMS DATABASE (CROSS) ( http://rulings.customs.gov ). This is a searchable database of Customs & Border Protection Rulings since 1990. You can search by keyword, or click on "Downloadable rulings" and see all the rulings for a particular year. There are also links to other useful information for international trade, such as the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, Customs Bulletins, and the Customs Valuation Encyclopedia. It's better to know these rulings upfront than to have a shipment tied up because of a Customs technicality.

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GLOBAL SOURCES
http://www.globalsources.com

Discover thousands of experienced suppliers

At Global Sources Online you’ll find new suppliers and new products fast.

Search among thousands of committed, top-quality manufacturers from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as Japan, Korea and other supply centers in Asia. Then send inquiries direct to the suppliers that interest you.

You can also sign up for our free Product Alert service and have information on your chosen products sent to your inbox as soon as they are uploaded online.

Plus read cutting-edge analysis on supply markets in China and the rest of Asia, subscribe to an Asian Sources trade magazine or order a China-focused, industry-specific Market Intelligence Report.

Join the Global Sources community now … over 419,000 active volume buyers who use Global Sources to connect with suppliers from China, Asia and worldwide.

Visit www.globalsources.com today


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ALLYOUCANREAD.COM -- MAGAZINES AND NEWS

Whether you read for fun, for business, or just to keep up with the news, you'll love AllYouCanRead.com -- MAGAZINES AND NEWS ( http://allyoucanread.com ), which has a directory of 23,000 magazines, newspapers and information sources from around the world. You can click on the world map at the home page to find publications by country, or you can browse by category (click on "Newspapers" or "Magazines" at the top of the page). You can also find detailed country profiles by clicking on "World Reference" at the top of the page.

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GOOGLE CHEAT SHEET -- FINE TUNE YOUR SEARCHES

Google is such a popular search engine these days that it's reached the status of a verb. "I'll Google it," my daughter says, when she has to do a research paper for school. In spite of its popularity, however, many people who use Google don't know how to get the best results with it. They have to plow through dozens of sites before they find what they're looking for. That's why Google Cheat Sheet ( http://www.google.com/help/cheatsheet.html ) is so helpful. Scroll down this page and you'll get tips on the best way to phrase your search queries, so that you can target your searches better. I've been using Google since it first came on the scene, but even I learned something here that will help me save time on my searches.

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