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International Business Resources on the Internet

DIRECTORIES

U.S. Chamber of Commerce International Directory
http://www.uschamber.com/international/directory

Kompass International Directories
www.kompass.com

 

TRADE INFORMATION

CIA World Factbook
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html
Government information, demographics, statistics and maps for all countries of the world.

Foreign Service Post Key Officers List
http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/111812.pdf
This guide lists the officers with whom American business representatives would most likely need to contact.

United States Commercial Service
http://www.trade.gov/cs/
Provides a full array of trade assistance including trade counseling, trade contact services, trade finance information and support.

globalEDGE
http://globaledge.msu.edu/Reference-Desk/
This Michigan State University site’s strength is its links to guides for trading with specific countries. Also provides good links to other importing/exporting informational sites.

International Finance Corporation
http://www1.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/corp_ext_content/ifc_external_corporate_site/home

International Trade Centre
http://www.intracen.org/trade-support/trade-statistics/
Search for import and export data by product group and country or by country and product group.

Massachusetts Export Center 
http://www.mass.gov/export/
The Massachusetts Export Center offers a wide range of targeted, customized services to Massachusetts businesses at any stage in the export process. Whether you are a small business just thinking about exporting or an experienced exporter, the Massachusetts Export Center stands ready to help with services suited to your needs.

State Exports
State Export web site contains export data for a limited number of major U.S. export markets. All data presented here are based on the Census Bureau’s Exporter Location (EL) series, which allocates exports to states on the basis of the location of the exporter of record

TradePort
http://www.tradeport.org/
“TradePort is designed to be an easy-to-use tool offering one place to go for comprehensive trade information, trade leads and company databases.”

UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade)
http://comtrade.un.org/db/
Trade statistics from over 130 countries detailed by commodity and partner country.

World Bank
http://www.worldbank.org/
In addition to information about the organization itself, this site includes discussions of many national economies, particularly African nations and developing countries. Click on “About the World Bank” and you’ll find commodity prices (under “Business and Development: Pink Sheets”) and region by region economic summaries (“World Bank Briefs”).

World Bank Doing Business Database
http://www.doingbusiness.org/
Objective measurements of business regulations and their enforcement across 145 countries.