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International Trade Centre (ITC)|
The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the focal point in the United Nations system for technical cooperation with developing countries in trade promotion. ITC's mission is to enable small business export success in developing and transition-economy countries, by providing, with partners, sustainable and inclusive development solutions to the private sector, trade support institutions and policymakers. Excellent and very rich site which merits to be explored in depth. Do not miss in the section on Market Data the online library which enable access to country reports and documents.
US International Trade Administration
Even though the ITA homepage is dedicated to helping U.S. businesses compete in the global marketplace, the information provided will be useful to anyone interested in international trade. Excellent and extremely rich site in terms of extent and usefulness of the information provided. Do not miss the Stiction Market Research Library in the Services section and its information on regions and countries.
World Trade Organization (WTO)
The WTO is the only international body dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, the legal ground-rules for international commerce and for trade policy. The agreements have three main objectives: to help trade flow as freely as possible, to achieve further liberalization gradually through negotiation, and to set up an impartial means of settling disputes. A very much improved and excellent site. Do not miss the publications list by topica and the e-learning section.
International Chamber of Commerce
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. Their website has improved considerably and now includes not only details on the UNCTAD Conferences and their publications but also on their work programs such as Globalization and Developement, and International Trade and Commodities. Excellent site. Do not miss the Digital Library and also the Policy Brief: «The paradox of finance-driven globalization».
TradePort is an online resource for comprehensive information about the "how to" aspects of importing and exporting in order to promote international trade to and from California. Its main value added comes from its Trade Tutorials and to a less extent from its Trade Library. Excellent site.
SICE Foreign Trade Information System
The "Foreign Trade Information System" (SICE for short from its Spanish acronym -- Sistema de Información al Comercio Exterior) is the information technology arm of the Trade Unit of the Organization of American States (OAS). Their goal is to provide the most complete information and documents on trade in the Western Hemisphere as is possible. SICE centralizes the location of public -- but often difficult to locate or obtain -- documents on their Web site in the four official languages of the OAS (English, Spanish, Portuguese and French). An excellent site for anyone interested in trade in North America, Carribean States and Latin America.
The World Bank Group Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations for local firms in 183 economies and selected cities at the subnational level. For Small and Medium size Enterprises (SMEs) it looks at regulations for starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and closing a business. Excellent and very rich site, see our review for more info. The 2011 Doing Business report is available for download. Do not miss the Law Library and the section on Women, Business and the Law.
The Eldis Trade Policy Resource Guide offers quick access to key documents, organizations, research themes, discussions and other key resources on international trade. This excellent site now includes subsections on Regional Trade, Fair Trade, Trade and Gender, Trade Liberisation, etc. Do not miss the Trade Country Profiles.
International Trade Forum
The International Trade Forum is the magazine of the International Trade Centre (ITC). It focuses on trade promotion and export development, as part of ITC's technical cooperation programme with developing countries and economies in transition. The magazine is published quarterly in English, French and Spanish. Excellent site. Do not miss the sections on the various themes and more particularly the list of related sites on the various topics.
Federation of International Trade Associations
The Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA) fosters international trade by strengthening the role of local, regional, and national associations throughout North America that have an international mission.The FITA index of web resources is just amazing. Do not miss the FITA Trade Lead Hub.
European Commission Directorate-General for Trade
Together with monetary and development policies, trade policy forms the main pillar of the European Union's relations with the rest of the world. Within the European Commission DG Trade has the task of conducting the Union's commercial policy and this site provides access to essential information on all the main aspects of trade in goods and services (tariff and non-tariff barriers, trade defence, particularly in cases of dumping and subsidies, export loans) as well as key aspects of intellectual property, investment and competition. Do not miss the section on publications and more particularly the «Guide on Trade Defense Instruments».
Forum for International Trade Training
Established in 1992, the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) is a not-for-profit organization mandated by the Canadian government in partnership with the private size genetics sector to remedy the shortage of international trade skills and to improve the quality of training in international trade by establishing nation-wide standards. Interesting but limited free information.
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