January 16, 2012
Rare Bird Trading Company, North Carolina China Center Host Reception For Chinese Investment Promotion Agency Delegation

North Carolina Groups Welcome CIPA Delegates In A Celebration

Of State’s Exports To Asian Nation

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Rare Bird Trading Company ( has announced that it hosted a reception along with the North Carolina China Center (NCCC) (, which, like Rare Bird Trading Company, is housed at the World Trade Park in the headquarters building of Longistics (, for members of the China Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA) delegation and area business leaders on Dec. 13 to celebrate products from the state that recently have been exported for sale in the Asian nation. CIPA is a division of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce that organizes and promotes inbound and outbound foreign investment.


Rare Bird Trading Company sponsored reception treated CIPA delegates to several delicious products from North Carolina-based businesses such as wines from Lexington, N.C.-based Childress Vineyards and award-winning food from The Angus Barn of Raleigh, N.C. Both organizations are storing, promoting and selling their products and services at the recently-opened Suzhou Industrial Park International Commodities Exhibition Center in Suzhou, China, which is supported by Rare Bird and Longistics to provide U.S. businesses a gateway into the greater Asia consumer market.


CIPA Deputy Director Yu Hua led the 22-member delegation, which included officials with the Investment Promotion Agency of MOFCOM, the Economic Development District Administration Committees of several Chinese provinces, China Investment Service Center and CIIC Bio-Medical Development Corporation. Members of the N.C. Department of Agriculture were also in attendance to lead a presentation about North Carolina.



“Rare Bird Trading Company was proud to provide this homegrown celebration for our friends from CIPA in recognition of recent investments by several of our state’s businesses to exhibit their wares and services for sale in the country,” said Pat Long, Rare Bird CEO. “We are strengthening the ties for long-term economic development between North Carolina and China that will prove to be a wise investment for both parties as we increase our trading activities.”

“It was an honor to treat our distinguished guests in the CIPA delegation to the delights of some of the best food and drink North Carolina has to offer,” said Duane Long, chairman and co-creator of the North Carolina China Center. “We are encouraged by their eagerness to conduct more business with our state and look forward to  working together in the future.”


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The North Carolina China Center has a mission of creating of bridges of understanding between businesses, as well as cultural and educational institutions, in North Carolina and the greater China region comprising Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. The objectives of the Center, created in 2006, are to explore business opportunities; promote academic exchanges; foster industrial collaborations; enhance cross-cultural understanding; and assist all interested parties and business entities as well as public and private institutions in developing relationships with the greater China region. Over the first five years of the Center’s existence, major Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) have been signed with businesses, industrial parks, educational and cultural institutions in China. For more information, visit



Rare Bird Trading Company, located at World Trade Park in Raleigh, and Rare Bird Trading (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., known as Ru Bi Lin in Suzhou, China, partner with each other to serve as a bridge to U.S. and China businesses and services by assisting them in selling their products and services to China, greater Asia and the United States, including global sourcing, customs assistance, import/export assistance and logistics. For more information, visit



Located in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Longistics is a full-service provider of global logistics solutions that specializes in cold-chain logistical support and problem solving services for a broad range of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors of high value, high security products. A leading provider of third-party logistics, Longistics has a worldwide reach and growing presence in China, and other emerging markets around the world. Longistics provides transportation, warehousing and Foreign Trade Zone management operations at FTZ 214, located in the Global TransPark, and FTZ 93, located adjacent to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Capabilities include: supply chain studies, vendor managed inventories, transportation, technology, infrastructure, FTZ zone operations, domestic warehousing services, order fulfillment, kitting and sub-assembly, and value-added programs. For more information, visit

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