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Suzhou Industrial Park
Suzhou Industrial Park is the corporate headquarters for Rare Bird Trading (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. in China. Established in 1994, Suzhou is considered the No. 1 industry park in China in cooperation with the Singapore government. The Suzhou Industrial Park houses more than 14,500 companies, with more than 80 in the Fortune 500.
Sited next to the ancient city of Suzhou (the “Venice of the East,” pronounced “SUE-joh”), and described by China Daily as a leading industrial park in China, the Suzhou Industrial Park measures nearly 300 square kilometers. It is the second largest industrial city in China next to Shanghai.
Suzhou Industrial Park is the model district for national intellectual property protection and is the first to establish a regional IP protection center with four dedicated bureaus. This includes offering IP rights protection for goods to be exported.
Its advantages include:
- Location – SIP sits at the intersection of the two primary economic zones of China, the coastal economic belt and the Yangtze River-Economic Delta.
- Unique cooperation between China & Singapore governments – A relationship established in 1994, SIP was a joint venture between China and Singapore, who had the most successful business and high tech parks in Asia. Singapore was responsible for citing the park and establishing SIP’s autonomous government structure.
- Convenience – SIP is equidistant from Beijing and Tianjin to the North and Hong Kong and Guangzhou to the South. It lies only 50 miles/80 kilometers from Shanghai, 62 miles/100 km from Shanghai airport and 87 miles/140 km from Shanghai harbor.
- Economic status – As of February 2010, its cumulative contractual foreign investment is USD 37.85 Billion. Its cumulative utilized foreign investment is USD 17.59 Billion.
Intellectual property and tax protection – SIP’s autonomous government structure include strong intellectual property protection and tax protection that are unique to China.
- SIP encourages enterprises to adopt a non-competition system in accordance with the law and to sign confidentiality agreements with technicians, operation personnel, and managing personnel that are involved in trade secrets on details concerning application scope, expiry date, method and conditions.
- SIP also charges no tax for transactions between enterprises within the IFTZ and no tax for goods in the IFTZ or for re-exports from China.
- Chinese Government model – SIP remains the test-bed of economic and tax policies for the rest of China. It is an integrated high-tech park developer and operator.
- Other unique advantages – Convenient and efficient one-stop service, world-class infrastructures, abundant human resources, 11 universities in education town, dormitories for employees, unique Social Security scheme (Provident Fund Scheme – modeled after Singapore CPF system), medical service, international schools and pleasant living space.