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International Business and Trade
Internet Resource Guide


General Metasites

globalEDGE
http://globaledge.msu.edu
This site provides links to numerous international resources on the Internet. Maintained by Michigan State University Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).
International Trade Web Resources
http://www.fita.org/webindex.html
The Federation of International Trade Associations has compiled a comprehensive searchable database with more than 2000 links to international trade resources on the Internet.

Culture and Travel

Airlines Of The Web
http://flyaow.com/airlines.htm
Links to the Web sites of nearly 500 airlines around the world.
Currency Converter
http://www.oanda.com:80/converter/classic
A useful currency converter. Users can also generate a 'cheat sheet' for travel and access historical currency conversions.
Directory of the World's Embassies and Consulates
http://embassyworld.com/
Search worldwide
Passport Services
http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
Passport information from the State Department. Includes registration forms.
Travelers' Health Web Page
http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx
Health and medical information from the Center for Disease Control.

Export and Trade Assistance

International Trade Administration
http://www.ita.doc.gov/
This comprehensive site is useful for getting started, government assistance, financing, marketing and licensing. It is an excellent clearinghouse for all international trade-related data and services offered by federal agencies. Useful sections include the Trade Information Center, Regions/Countries and Industry Reports, Trade Statistics and Big Emerging Markets (BEMs).
Market Access and Compliance
http://www.mac.doc.gov/
This site provides U.S. companies with a wide range of information on accessing foreign markets. Maintained by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
WSSN - World Standards Services Network
http://www.wssn.net/WSSN/
WSSN is a network of publicly accessible World Wide Web servers of standards organizations around the world and provides information on international, regional and national standards.

Global Company Directories

CorporateInformation
http://www.corporateinformation.com/
An excellent place to begin to locate companies worldwide. Provides links to other web sites which contain information about companies.
World Yellow Pages
http://www.worldyellowpages.com/
Worldwide companies, products and services. Also includes links to worldwide chambers of commerce, country profiles, news, and trade centers.
Fortune Global 500
http://www.pathfinder.com/fortune/global500/index.html
Fortune Magazine's list of the top 500 companies in the world including rankings, profiles, performances and links to company web sites.
International Business Resources on the WWW: Company Directories and Yellow Pages
http://globaledge.msu.edu/ibrd/busresmain.asp?ResourceCategoryID=14
The Michigan State meta site provides a comprehensive list of company directories worldwide, many which are country-specific.

Legal

FindLaw: International Trade
http://www.findlaw.com/01topics/25interntrade/index.html
FindLaw provides links to international trade legal subjects: laws, journals, news, databases, government agencies and firms. Contains useful country pages with legal sites for selected countries.
Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School
http://www.law.cornell.edu/topical.html
A global compendium of legal information - foreign and international treaties and non-U.S. law.
WTO Links
http://www.wto.org/english/res_e/links_e/law_e.htm
World Trade Organization links to resources and information on international trade.

Organizations

Export-Import Bank of the United States
http://www.exim.gov/
The Export-Import Bank of the United States aids in financing and facilitating U.S. exports.
Federation of International Trade Associations
http://www.fita.org/
FITA is made up of most of the international trade associations in the U.S. and Mexico. From this site you can access associations, web sites, worldwide trade fairs, and international trade events throughout the U.S.
IMF International Monetary Fund
http://www.imf.org/
Cooperative to maintain a stable system of currency conversion for 182 member countries. Search IMF publications including country reports and documents on economic policy.
OECD Online
http://www.oecd.org/
Home page of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 29 member countries who share "the principles of the market economy, pluralist democracy, and respect for human rights."
United Nations
http://www.un.org/
This site is the United Nations home page and provides links to UN information, news, documents, conferences and activities.
World Bank Group
http://www.worldbank.org/
This site features key social and economic indicators for developing countries. It also includes an online library with fulltext World Bank journal articles and publications as well as information on worldwide economics and trade, finance and private sector development, and environmental issues.
World Trade Centers Association
http://iserve.wtca.org/
Lists more than 300 World Trade Centers in more than 100 countries. Useful for expanding your global business.
World Trade Organization
http://www.wto.org
The web site of the World Trade Organization with useful trade topic information, resources, bulletins, and documents.

Periodicals

Business Week - Global Business
http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/
This site features major business news articles for Latin America, Asia and Europe from the international editions of Business Week.
Federal Business Opportunities
http://www.fedbizopps.gov
Want to do business with the federal government? This is the single point of access on the Internet to government Federal procurement opportunities that exceed $25,000.
Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/
The Financial Times, a leading international English-language business daily newspaper, provides access at this site to daily news, reports and archives. Access is free; registration is required for some sections.
International Herald Tribune
http://www.iht.com/
Access recent feature articles and news stories from this leading international newspaper.
Journal of Commerce Online
http://www.joc.com
Contains selected articles from the Journal of Commerce.
News/Periodicals - International
http://globaledge.msu.edu/ibrd/ibrd.asp
Access this section of Michigan State's megasite of international resources for links to global news, regional news and publications.

Publications

Background Notes - U.S. State Department
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/
Good source for brief summaries of country information.
Small Business Administration - International Trade
http://www.sba.gov/oit/info/Guide-To-Exporting/index.html
Developed by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of International Trade as an introductory trade guide.
CIA World Factbook
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
The Factbook is a comprehensive resource of facts and statistics on more than 250 countries and entities. This Internet site features the electronic version of the print product.
Glossary of International Trade Terms
http://globaledge.msu.edu/ibrd/glossary.asp?Index=a
A dictioinary of trade terms.
NAICS -- North American Industry Classification System
http://www.census.gov/epcd/www/naics.html
Description of the new classification system which will replace the SIC code system. Contains the schedule of codes.
Schedule B Export Codes
http://www.census.gov:80/foreign-trade/schedules/b/index.html
Search the Schedule B export codes for product classification.
Telephone Directories on the Web
http://www.teldir.com/
Index of online phone books, with links to yellow pages, white pages, business directories, email addresses and fax listings around the world.
Trade Shows and Events
http://globaledge.msu.edu/ibrd/busresmain.asp?ResourceCategoryID=15
DIrectory of trade shows and training seminars worldwide.

 

Regions of the World

Asia

AccessAsia
http://www.accessasia.com/
This site contains tools for people interested in doing business in Asia - a yellow page directory of Asian companies, Asian news and links to other Asian web sites.
Asian Business Management: Asia Pacific Management Forum
http://www.apmforum.com/nethome2.htm
A useful site for business managers with current information on Asian news, articles, and research on Asian business.
Asian Business Watch

http://www.asianbusinesswatch.com/
This site features Asian business news with reports on financial markets, economic trends and market overviews.
Asia Market Reseach
http://www.asiamarketresearch.com
This site includes market research news, country profiles, and marketing guides for Asia.
Trade Information Center - Asia & the Pacific
http://web.ita.doc.gov/ticwebsite/apweb.nsf
This U.S. Department of Commerce site is an excellent resource on doing business in the region, with information on customs and import documentation, marketing, products, laws, regulations, finance, travel and key contacts.

 

Central and South America

Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA)
http://www.aaccla.org/
Contains overviews, selected government contacts, economic outlooks, and statistical snapshots of 21 Latin American and Caribbean countries.
LATCO Tools of the Trade
http://www.latco.org/tools.htm
Useful sites for international trade with Latin America.
Latin American Network Information Center
http://lanic.utexas.edu/
This is an excellent gateway for Latin American information on the Internet with links to specific country sites as well as subject sites on the economy, education, government, humanities, media, recreation, science, social sciences, society and sustainable development in Latin America.

 

Central Europe, Russia and the Newly Independent States

Central Europe Online
http://www.centraleurope.com/
This site features news briefs (updated daily) on various subjects for Central Europe.

 

Western Europe

EUbusiness
http://www.eubusiness.com/
This site provides information on EU business developments, industry-specific features, and country profiles.
Europa
http://europa.eu.int/
Excellent source of information about European Union news, policies, institutions and issues.
Europages
http://www.europages.com/
European business directory with listings for 500,000 companies from over 30 European countries.
Europe Online
http://www.europeonline.com/
Provides access to European companies with links to several sites including EUROPAGES, the European Business Directory; EUROSEEK; Yelloweb European Directory, and European BIZNET.
European Union: A Guide for Americans
http://www.eurunion.org/infores/euguide/euguide.htm
An excellent overview of the European Union.
Trade Information Center - Western Europe
http://web.ita.doc.gov/ticwebsite/euweb.nsf
This U.S. Department of Commerce site is an excellent resource for doing business in Western Europe, with information on customs and import documentation, marketing, products, laws and regulations, finance, travel and key contacts.

 

Middle East and Africa

AFRICA NEWS on the World Wide Web
http://www.africanews.org/index.html
Good source for up-to-date news and information on Africa from more than 60 different sources.
Country-Specific Pages for Africa http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/Home_Page/Country.html
University of Pennsylvania African Studies Center has put together a very useful site with profiles and links to specific sites on the Internet for each country in Africa.
MBendi Information for Africa
http://www.mbendi.co.za/cyaf.htm
This site provides a country profile for most countries in Africa containing general, economic, and financial information as well as detailed industry analyses and company listings.
Trade Information Center - Africa
http://web.ita.doc.gov/ticwebsite/afweb.nsf
This U.S. Department of Commerce site is an excellent resource on doing business in Africa, with information on customs and import documentation, marketing, products, laws, regulations, finance, travel and key contacts.

 

Statistics

Census Bureau: International Data Base
http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/idb/
The International Data Base is a computerized data bank containing statistical tables of demographic and socio-economic data for more than 200 countries and areas of the world.
Foreign Governments/Statistics
http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/forstats.html
Comprehensive list of links to sites that contain economic and demographic information with useful summary descriptions of the sites.
Infonation
http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/infonation/e_infonation.htm
This database allows you to view and compare the statistical data of up to seven member countries of the United Nations in one search.
OECD Online
http://www.oecd.org/
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development site provides complete statistics (agriculture to tourism) for 29 member countries.


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