WEBSITES AND RESOURCES
Virginia Trade Overview 2010
China Coal, Mining and Methane:
Recorded Version: July 2008
USDOC 2008 Trade Finance Guide
Export 101 for Entrepreneurs (2008)
Business Plan for Pre-Export Finance Working Capital Loan
Chamber of Commerce Alliance
Economic Impact of International Imports
USDOC Trade Information
"Trade Roots: U.S. Chamber
Thunderbird International Business Information Centre
"U.S. Dept. of Commerce
Export Promotion Site"
"In Defense of Free Trade"
Speech by Former Gov. Gerald L. Baliles of Virginia
Richmond Export-Import Club, May 26,2004
Courtesy of "Bacon's Rebellion", June 7, 2004
Tariff and Trade DataWeb]
The Export Yellow
Commerce Presentation Dr. France Belanger VA Tech June 2004
Best Prospect for Coal Mining Equipment in China
Abbreviations - Find out the
meanings of the abbreviations that follow foreign company
names (AG, GmbH, N.V., SpA, S.A., etc.) This website
explains what they mean and will help to understand what
kind of a business entity you may be dealing with in your
Advertising - Information on magazines that will advertise
your product worldwide.
Aerospace & Defense Industry Abroad - Market research,
trade leads, and events
Doing Business in Africa - Directory of suppliers, agents,
and distributors in Africa
for International Development (AID) - U.S. Dept. State
Jeeves : Ask questions regarding things you are searching
Plant Health Inspection Service U.S. Dept Agriculture:
International - Country & City Telephone Calling Codes
Features exclusive news on the Asian Region.
Australia An Australian government site if youre
interested in doing business in Australia
Australia Australian Trade Community Magazine
USDOC - Office of Automotive Affairs -
Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association -
Motor & Equipment Mfgs. Assoc.
Specialty Equipment Market Assoc. -
Automotive Service Assoc. -
Society of Automotive
Engineers World-Wide Supplier Directory -
Automotive Parts Rebuilders Assoc. -
European Automobile Mfgs. Assoc. -
Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week -
of Industry and Security (BIS) - (Formerly BXA) Export
SNAP(Simplified Net-work Application Process)
An electronic means to apply and track license applications.
A PIN number must be obtained prior to using SNAP.
Business Information Service for the Newly Independent
States (Former USSR):
Plans - Sample plans including export & import which can be
viewed for free.
- The Canadian Embassy website in Washington - Business
resources, detailed information on Canadian companies, plus
links to directories, government sites, business guides,
The Atlas of Canada Interesting Facts about Canada
presented as reference maps. Demographic maps of
populations, age, and other parameters.
Shipping Documents - Blank forms such as the Canada Customs
Invoice (CCI) and other Canadian forms can be printed from
(Canada Customs Invoice)
(Other Canadian Forms)
Customs - Information on shipping, traveling and importing
goods into Canada.
Customs Tariff Schedule
A passport for your merchandise. A document that
simplifies customs procedures for the temporary importation
of goods (trade shows, events, etc.). Use this website to
find out more information and what countries recognize a
Caribbean & Latin America Guia Export A Business to
Business Directory for Latin America & the Caribbean by Bell
(Conformity Europeans) Marking & Standards in Europe
Phone - Global wireless solutions for travelers in over 140
Central and Eastern Europe Business Information Center (CEEBIC)
An array of services for expanding into Central and
Eastern European markets.
International Trade Terms
Cellular Phones for Global Rental - Wireless cellular phones
for rental to global business travelers - InTouch USA
The World Factbook
Cibers International Business Resources:
Conversions - Measurements & Weights
Converter - Mega Converter - Inches into millimeters, pounds
into Kilograms, etc.
of Living Worldwide - Survey shows the 25 most expensive
cities in the world.
Reporting Service: International Credit Reports for a
Company Information - Detailed information on private &
public companies worldwide. Some free information and
detailed information is available for a fee.
U.S. allows agricultural exports & expands health-care,
medical devices, and medicines.
Currency Converter (Exchange Rates):
Defense Trade Control (DTC) - U.S. Dept. State (export
licensing for munitions/military items)
Rates - For Most Countries - Also see APEC Tariff Database
Electricity - Worldwide characteristics of electric current
and the type of attachment plugs used in most countries.
Embassies - Foreign Embassies in Washington, D.C.
Emerging Markets - Background information on countries that
an effort to change and improve their level of economy.
Etiquette - Corporate gift-giving, culture, dining
entertainment, how to dress, etc.
Etiquette - A valuable reference tool for people doing
Etiquette - International Business Practices
Etiquette - "One country's good manners, anothers insult"
Etiquette - "How to Conduct Yourself in business settings in
dozens of countries."
This site will answer questions about the Euro.
- Europages - A great business portal to Europe.
(Showcase) - Marketing Information
- U.S./European Trade - Database for potential partners
European Union (EU) Procurement Opportunities - A database
that features all current public procurement tenders issued
by all national and regional public authorities in the 15
Member States of the EU.
Exporting Information - Basic guidelines, tutorials, and
Handbook - Journal of Commerce website - Export documents,
Steamship Lines Directory, NVOCC's Directory, Domestic
Ports, Associations, Glossary of Intl Terms.
Marketing - Information on marketing, management, letters of
credit, export cargo insurance, shipping, logistics, etc.
Federal Trade Commission - Business Guidance icon for "Made
in USA" information
Gov - Allows computer users to search approximately 27
million govt web pages for free.
Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) U.S. Dept Agriculture:
Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
Foreign Exchange Rates Currency Library Exchange &
Foreign Trade Barriers U.S. Government reports on foreign
of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) U.S. Dept. State
Trade Area of the Americas (FTTA)
Hemispheric Database (FTAA) Tariff Information/Trade
Statistics for countries in North or South America
Geography - Tons of geographical resources
Glossarist - This site lists 4500 glossaries containing
details of terms & terminology for international trade,
shipping, transportation, packaging, finance and many more
Hazardous Materials for Export - Several useful sites for
exporting hazardous materials
Hazardous/Dangerous Goods Online Information - The
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Holidays Worldwide Search by country, date, and religion
Holidays & Festivals - Worldwide - Alphabetically by country
Holidays - Religious Holidays Worldwide
Holidays - Christmas Customs in Countries Around the World.
How People in a Certain Region of the World Celebrate
and Guides Worldwide - In over 140 of the world's most
- Planning an overseas trip and need names of hotels. This
site is simple & elegant. Just type in the name of a city
or country and you'll get a list of hotels to review.
INCOTERMS - What are they? Provides ordering information.
International Chamber of Commerce
International Trade Terms Definitions of trade terms
written in laymans terms
U.S. Export Controls for shipments to Iran
Rebuilding of Iraq U.S. Dept. Commerce site for
information on business opportunities
Website and Contacts
- Doing Business in Japan
Overseas - Postings for jobs all over the world
Officers of Foreign Service Posts:
Kompass International Trade Directory (Contacts):
Maps/Travel Planning - Maps to help in organizing trips
Research Information - Country specific - statistics,
average worker's salary, tax information and a list of
- MEDJET assistance is an annual membership program for U.S.
based travelers that provides medical transportation to its
members should they become hospitalized due to accident or
illness virtually anywhere in the world.
- Latin America - Database of exporters
- Site contains all the new NAICS codes which replaced the
former SIC codes - Effective October 1, 2000
Certificate of Origin Interactive Tool (Will Walk you
through the process)
Annex 401 Rules of Origin to Determine if a Tariff Shift
or Regional Value Content (RVC) Exists
United States Flag
Annex 401 of the NAFTA (Updated)
Information on what's happening in countries around the
world. Links to current news in that country.
Nigerian Scams - To verify if the inquiry is a scam use (1)
website below. If you are still not sure, call Doug Wallace
- USDOC - Washington, D.C. (Tel: 202/482-5149) for
guidance. Once you have determined it's not legitimate,
report it as an "advanced fee fraud" to your local branch of
the U.S. Secret Service. To locate the nearest branch
office use (2) website below.
Nigeria - Country information and information on Nigerian
Patents and Trademarks
(Port Import Export Reporting Service) - Global cargo
movements transiting seaports in the U.S., Mexico and South
America to and from the World. This is a "pay-per-view"
Authorities American Association of Port Authorities
Pre-Shipment Inspection - (SGS) -
Research - In-depth research on a country. Provides websites
that have maps, geology resources, travel guides, political
reports, and more.
Research - Where to do research. Easy-to-use page of 54
Scams/Blacklist - On the homepage, left hand side - click on
Important Fraud Notice to obtain information on scams and
Scams/Fraud - National Fraud Information Center/Quatloos
TOP 10 Net Scams of 2001
Schedule B Harmonized System Number Bureau of Census
Foreign Trade Division (FTD) Search Engine:
Shipper's Export Declaration Form 7525-V (7-25-2000) & the
Statistics - A site that allows you to compare various
characteristics of any two countries (birth rate,
populations, exports, land area, literacy, etc.
Statistics Statistics and useful facts about the world
(What country has the most televisions? Most educated
Resources - Free tax resources for countries worldwide
World Time provided for most countries along with a map of
Barriers - Capsule reports on trade conditions in dozens of
Finance - Commercial Banking's Global Trade Finance "Crash
Course" in international payment transactions.
Information Center U.S. Dept. Commerce
Leads - On-Line
Trade-World Business Directories:
Show Resources Detailed information on trade shows and who
Show Sites Trade Show Central, Expo Guide, USDOC Events:
Translations - Foreign Language For Travelers
Translations - Free translations - Easy to use site for
rapid translations where you can get the "gist" of foreign
language text & web pages.
and Health Requirements:
Warnings - U.S. State Department:
- Road Maps in Europe - Also, provides maps of specific
towns and will help you plan an itinerary including booking
a hotel and choosing a restaurant.
- Women - "The Traveling Woman" - Great Tips for Safe &
- This site allows you to book a flight or hotel room,
reserve a car research a city, check out cruise & golf
packages, buy trip insurance and more.
Commercial Service USATrade Websites:
Dept. Commerce Key Contacts:
Customs Service - The Harmonized Tariff Schedule is on this
site along with information on importing and obtaining duty
Ultimate Directory Government Information:
Kingdom If interested in marketing your product(s) or
services to the U.K., this is an excellent place to start.
This is a British Government sponsored website and is free.
U. S. Export Regulations
- Bureau of Industry & Security
Administration Regulations Marketplace -
Foreign Trade Statistics Regulations -
Access to the Bureau of Export Administration Regulations -
of Defense Trade Control -
of Foreign Assets Control -
Federal Government Agencies:
International Trade Commission (USITC) Trade Database
International Trade Commission (USITC) Trade Reports Trade
U.S. Small Business
Vietnam - New Customs Law Effective January 1, 2002
Videoconferencing - One-Stop online source for anything
having to do with videoconferencing (Worldwide ISDN Rates)
Virtual Reference Desk - Lists all the experts, divided by
subject. For example, if you need to know about a region of
the world, this site will take you to the Geography Home
Solid Wood Packing Materials (SWPM) - China
European Wood Packing Regulations
Telephone Numbering Guide:
Worldwide Country Information Very good research site.
Useful information about countries around the world.
Pages - The Whole Wide World of Yellow Pages
States Department of Commerce