By Andrea Siedsma and Joel Russell
November 2000 - This page contains brief introductions to major international trade destinations on the Internet. Sites listed deal with general trade rather than particular products or industries. However, the links from many of these pages connect users to industry-specific data, contacts, product information, and service providers.
BancoMext (www.mexico-trade.com): The Mexican government's international trade development bank's site has a directory of Mexican exporters, a Mexican investment guide, trade leads in Mexico, information on NAFTA, legal resources, and information on each state.
CIA World Factbook 2000 (www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html): The latest statistics on economics, population, politics, and natural resources for every major nation in the world are presented. Analysis sticks to the numbers but gives a flavor for trends and government initiatives.
Commerce Department (www.itw.ie/usexport.html): This site is designed to help the small exporter. It includes tips such as what to avoid when exporting products as well as information on the best U.S. products to export. This site also has links to other useful trade sites.
International Trade Administration (www.ita.doc.gov): The ITA site includes trade statistics, news, and information on market access, compliance, and trade development. It also features links to useful trade sites such as www.usatrade.gov, which offers market information, trade leads, and overseas business contacts. The ITA's Commercial Service maintains a presence at most U.S. embassies around the world, providing a good network for finding new markets.
Trade Hubs & Portals
National Transportation Exchange (www.nte.net): This is an online load matching service for U.S. domestic trucking that provides an electronic marketplace for the buying and selling of transportation services. It enables manufacturers, retailers, third-party logistics providers, and others who ship goods or materials to quickly buy available transportation capacity from carriers.
World Trading Information Center (www.world-trading.com): Importers and exporters can put their company profiles on this site free of charge or buy classified ads. Visitors may browse the ads by category to check out opportunities or the competition. The site also has a trade show section to help in planning a marketing calendar.
IMEX Exchange (www.imex.com): This online international business exchange includes trade leads, currency conversion, software for exporters, local times, and information on trade associations.
The Trading Floor (http://trading.wmw.com): Membership services include in-depth market intelligence, product resources, databases, news, and documentation information. Sister site TradeLeads.com handles matchmaking for those looking for overseas customers or distributors.
TradePort (www.tradeport.org): This useful site includes steps involved in exporting goods, market research, buyer and trade leads, and information on how to move goods and how to obtain export financing. The site also includes world news and a trade events calendar.
Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (www.aaccla.org): The AACCLA promotes trade and investment between the United States and Latin American countries. The organization's site contains comprehensive news and information from the entire region. Web and e-mail links connect to each country's chamber, allowing users to zero in on a specific market.
Centre for International Trade (www.centretrade.com): The Centre for International Trade is a 3,500-member organization that works to improve, facilitate, and expand international trade. Its Web site includes information on national trade rules, regulations, tariffs, and procedures. Viewers also find information on trade opportunities from government agencies, manufacturers, and importers and exporters, as well as financial assistance and transportation information.
Federation of International Trade Associations (www.fita.org): This international trade portal provides information (in English or Spanish) on world trade news, B2B leads, and freight bidding and booking, as well as links to 3,000 international trade sites.
World Trade Organization (www.wto.org): News, data, and analysis are provided for those involved in or interested in international trade, with an emphasis on political developments. Users can scan WTO special topic reports, review the status of international disputes and negotiations, or read the text of official WTO agreements.