International Trade Forum

Magazine available in three languages focuses on trade development for developing and transition economics. It analyzes trends, opportunities, provides views from trade development experts and reports on International Trade Forum events and services.

Articles from July-September

Business Tourism
Niches for Developing Countries Business tourism is a lucrative, fast-growing segment of the world's largest industry sector. Good niches in business tourism exist for developing and transition economies. These countries can market themselves...
Doveloping Our National Version
If Your Country's Name's not on the List If a national or regional version is not available, you may consider approaching your national trade support institution to publish a version in your country. Government, non-profit or commercially-oriented...
Export Contracts
Make sure your contracts include the minimum requirements for a successful transaction. Q. What are the essential elements of an export contract? No one contract serves as a model for all export situations. There are, however, minimum general...
Export Packaging
Q. What are some of the technical aspects of packaging? Packaging materials. Some of the packaging materials currently in use are set out below. Physical and chemical protection. Permanent protection can be provided by treating surfaces with...
International Trade Forum
New directions, new partnerships, new tools. This issue features recent ITC information products that help businesses and countries stay on track in today's fast-changing business world. Based on innovative alliances, new information technologies and...
ITC Information Products
CD-ROMs, bulletins and product marketing brochures are featured on these pages, along with a major new joint publication. The aim is to inform readers about the range of innovative and practical ITC information products that are available. These products...
ITC's Export Quality Management Services
Highlights from ITC's recent activities in quality management, featured below, provide a glimpse into ITC's trade support services to businesses and government bodies for export-related quality management issues. Export quality in Arab countries...
ITC Strengthens Cooperation with Brazil
Following a recent evaluation of an ITC project with the Trade Promotion Department of the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil, the Ministry decided to strengthen cooperation with ITC. As a result, ITC conducted a mission to Brasilia and other...
Letters of Credit: Tips for Smooth Sailing
Q. What problems usually arise with a letter of credit process? A letter of credit is a form of documentary credit whereby a bank guarantees payment on behalf of a buyer, subject to the condition that the beneficiary (exporter) submits documents...
Look before You Leap
From the generic version of Trade Secrets, hints on exporting pitfalls and what questions to consider before developing your export operations. Q. What are the most common mistakes made by exporters? * Developing an international strategy and...
Reaching First - Time Exporters
A common misstep in the publishing process can be to place resources into researching and producing the book, to the detriment of the marketing and distribution process. A long-term, targeted approach has been developed by ITC to help partner organizations...
The News You Can Use
What do trade promotion booklets in Malta, a purchasing journal in France, an Internet site in the Philippines and a newsletter in Tonga have in common? The answer is ITC's magazine, the International Trade Forum. As long as International Trade...
Trade Fairs: Creating a Successful Image
Trade Secrets tells exporters what they can expect to invest in a trade fair, and what they can expect to get out of it. Q. What are the typical costs of participating in a trade fair? Costs can vary greatly depending on the trade fair. To prevent...
Trade Must Extend to Poorer Countries
Rapid globalization, new forms of business alliances and communications developments are reshaping the international trade landscape, and bring new business opportunities between developed and developing country firms. J. Denis Belisle, ITC's Executive...
Trade Secrets
What do first-time exporters need to know? ITC is working with 30 institutions worldwide to create a series of national guides called Trade Secrets. The guides provide answers to the most common exporting questions. This section takes a "Close Up"...
Trade Secrets in Your Country
This section provides an overview of exporters' main questions, ordering information for national versions and steps needed to develop a national version where it is not available. The Questions Behind Trade Secrets Each Trade Secrets publication...
Viewpoints: Perspectives from National Partners
Foster a national network The book is a valuable trade promotion tool. Equally important, the process of customizing Trade Secrets nationally is turning out to be an excellent exercise in institutional networking. Ricardo Leal and Cassia Morals,...