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There are several web sites with good information on the International Markets. The following links are sources of basic market data that are useful for starting your market research without spending a bundle.

World Markets 101

BBC News Country Profiles
Excellent profiles for all the world regions and most countries that provide an instant guide to history, politics, madia, and economic background of countries and territories. The site also features profiles on key institutions.

International Market Research Reports
Industry Canada has summarized in a practical table the U.S. Department of Commerce (STAT-USA/Internet) research sources and reports for many world regions and countries. The links available correspond to: Country Analysis Briefs (CAB),Country Background Notes (CBN), Country Commercial Guide (CCG),Industry Sector Analysis (ISA), International Market Insight (IMI), and the CIA World Fact Book (WFB).

International Trade Center
The ITC is the executing agency of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), directly responsible for implementing UNDP-financed projects in developing countries and economies in transition related to trade promotion. The site has a useful infobase and links to market information sources.

Internet World Stats
An International website featuring worldwide Internet Usage, Population Data, and Market Statistics, for over 233 countries and world regions. This is a useful resource for global market research, containing Internet statistics, broadband penetration, country population data and global trade information.

Organisation For Economic Co-operation and Development
For more than 40 years, OECD has been one of the world's largest and most reliable sources of comparable statistics and economic and social data. As well as collecting data, OECD monitors trends, analyses and forecasts economic developments and researches social changes or evolving patterns in trade, environment, agriculture, technology, taxation and more.

Portals of the World
Portals to the World contains selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world. They are arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories. The links were selected by Area Specialists and other Library staff using Library of Congress selection criteria.

PMA - Produce Marketing Association
The PMA is a global trade association serving the entire produce and floral supply chains by enhancing the marketing of produce, floral, and related products and services worldwide. In addition to advocating for the industry in Washington, PMA is a source for late-breaking news, information on industry trends, consumer and industry research, education and networking opportunities, and industry standards and technologies.

SICE, for short, from its Spanish acronym - Sistema de Información al Comercio Exterior (The "Foreign Trade Information System") is part of the Organization of American States (OAS). Their goal is to provide complete information and documents on trade in the Western Hemisphere. The website is in the four official languages of the OAS - English, Spanish, Portuguese and French - Information about trade in North America, Carribean States and Latin America.

The Economist - Country Briefings
The Economist is the premier online source for the analysis of world business and current affairs, providing authoritative insight and opinion on international news, world politics, business, finance, science and technology, as well as overviews of cultural trends and regular industry, business and country special reports.

Trade Port
TradePort is a well designed tool offering one place to go for comprehensive trade information, trade leads, and other types of useful information. The main menu offers a large selection of market research information.

World Factbook
Profiles for all main world countries and basic information background about the geography, people, government, the economy, communications, transports, military power, and transnational issues.

United States Trade Administration
This U.S. Department of Commerce web site features top Imports and Exports by country and product. Other information is available.

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