Minnesota Trade Office, International Resource Center
(651) 29741 70, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Trade Web Sites
Minnesota Trade Office: http://www.exportminnesota.com
Minnesota trade statistics and international indicators, calendar of events, International Business
Services Directory and international trade links.
INTERNATIONAL TRADE TOOLS
Carnets - US Council for International Business: http://www.uscib.org
How to deal with temporary imports into foreign countries: samples, professional equipment,
trade show displays, etc.
Currency Converters from OANDA: http://www.oanda.com/converter/classic
Converters for 164 currencies with some tables back to 1970.
Conversion tables for the common industry classification schedules: SIC, HS, NAICS, NACE, ISIC,
SlTC and others.
P &O Nedlloyd Dictionary of Shipping Terms: http://www.ponl.com/
Find an A-Z of Shipping Terms and a guide to lncoterms 2000 under Shipping Guide.
TradePort - Market Research: http://www.tradeport.org/index.php/marketresearch
Free access to many of the reports from the National Trade Data Bank (NTDB) and links to useful
sites for country and industry market reports, product classifications, laws, regulations and standards.
Sponsored by the US. Dept. of Commerce and the California Trade and Commerce Agency.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS RESOURCES
Global Edge: http://globaledge.msu.edu/ibrd/ibrd.asp
Considered the best international business metasite on the web with hundreds of links to specific
countries and regions, newspapers, periodicals, company directories, trade show, etc.
Alta Vista: Main Page: http://www.av.com
Allows simple or advanced searching of its large database. Translations are available.
Google Main Page: http://www.google.com
Easy to use search engine which gives high quality results from a large database.
Europages: European Business Directory: www.europages.com
500,000 companies selected from 30 European countries.
1.6 million companies in over 72 countries. 23 million product and service references.
U.S. Federal Government International Sites
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
Basic information on most countries. Begins with a map, then has geography, people, government,
economic conditions, transportation, communications, infrastructure and defense data.
Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments:
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
FAS Online: http://www.fas.usda.gov
Basic information on agricultural exports. The attaché reports include special topical reports, food and
agricultural regulations, the agricultural situation in each country and an annual marketing plan.
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE SITES
Bureau of Export Administration: http://www.ntis.gov/
Export Administration Regulations, Denied Persons List, license application guide sheets, policy guide
** Foreign Trade Statistics: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/
Schedule B search allows users to search for Schedule B codes using keywords. Statistics on
imports and exports, trade balances and commodity trade. Also includes regulations, the Automated
Export System and online Shipper's Export Declaration forms.
** North American Industry Classification System: www.census.gov/pub/epcd/www/naics.html
Lists of 1997 NAICS codes and tables showing correspondence between NAICS and SIC.
International Trade Administration: http://www.ita.doc.gov/
** Trade Compliance Center: http://export.gov/exportbasics/eg_main_017483.asp
This Market Access site includes Country Commercial Guides, National Trade Estimate Reports on
Foreign Trade Barriers, Country Reports on Economic Policy and Trade Practices and Trade Policy
** Trade Development: http://www.ita.doc.gov/td/td_home/tdhome.html
Offers industry and sector analyses, a listing of industry analysts, trade statistics and the Trade
** Trade Information Center: http://export.gov/exportbasics/eg_main_017483.asp
The most comprehensive site for the international trader provided free by the government. It includes
general and country specific Frequently Asked Questions, country and regional marketing information,
foreign tariffs, taxes and customs information, trade leads and trade software.
** US Commercial Service: http://trade.gov/cs/index.asp
A guide to local and international contacts and services. It includes Country Commercial Guides,
customized and published market research reports, trade events sponsored by the Commercial
Service, and other exporting resources for the small to medium-sized company.
Includes the NTDB which provides access to Country Commercial Guides, Best Market Reports,
Industry Sector Analysis Reports, International Market Insights, U. S. Exports by Commodity, U. S.
Exports by Country, Export Yellow Pages and thousands of articles and reports from federal agencies
involved in international trade and relations. Also includes daily trade leads.
Cost: $1 75/year for individuals. Per item pricing and site licenses available. Call 1-800-782-8872
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
US State Department: http://www.state.gov
Key Officers of Foreign Service Posts, Travel Warnings, Online U. S. Embassies/Consulates, Foreign
Consulate Offices in the US, Background Notes (basic country profiles) and Per Diem Rates.
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Last Update: February 11, 2014