Longistics, a full-service provider of global logistics solutions, has announced plans to offer business development opportunities for exhibitors at Suzhou Industrial Park by establishing the SIP International Commodities Exhibition Center, set to open March 1, 2011. The center will generate opportunities that accelerate the export of products from North Carolina and U.S.-based companies to China. Current plans call for Longistics to add 50 companies at the center within the first year of operations, and 500 companies by five years.
Longistics says the SIP International Commodities Exhibition Center will allow small- and medium-sized businesses an easy and cost-effective way to gain access to China, the third-largest market for American exports after Canada and Mexico. Exhibitors at the center will be able to display products in bonded, secure areas and benefit from regular events held at local, national and international levels to bring potential buyers to the center, as well as to two N.C. foreign trade zones operated by Longistics near Kinston, N.C., and in Research Triangle Park adjacent to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Longistics says the partnership will provide support for temporary exhibition and trade shows across China and North Carolina; and will offer diversified marketing tools, including billboards, TV, radio, Internet and print. Materials commonly exported from North Carolina to China include but are not limited to machinery, furniture and healthcare products such as pharmaceuticals.
Longistics has a joint venture partnership with SeAll, a Chinese state-owned logistics company located within the SIP, to network Longistics’ foreign trade zones to the Chinese Integrated Free Trade Zone operated by SeAll and serve as the logistics point in China for the center.