Established in Singapore in 1977, GCI moved the company’s head office to Hong Kong in 1983 to establish a stronger presence in China as the country started to open its doors to the outside world.

Since that time, GCI has been active throughout China sourcing every kind of product on behalf of buyers from all over the world.

In addition to this, the company has established a large range of its own products which are promoted through its websites, and also assists foreign companies to break into the China market with their goods or services.

The company has based its head office in Star House on the Hong Kong/Kowloon waterfront for 30 years. The Canton representative office in Guangzhou has been in operation since 1993, and as soon as China passed laws in 2006 permitting the establishment of fully independent foreign trading corporations, GCI was one of the first companies to be issued with a licence.




WHY WE ARE HERE:  Hong Kong lies strategically on China’s southeast coast, on the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea. It has been a highly important trading port for nearly 2 centuries.

Under British administration and a favourable taxation regime, over the 20th century Hong Kong was transformed into a thriving international business hub. The city grew to enjoy one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, amid a region that was still relatively poor. Until 1979 and for at least a decade thereafter mainland China was impoverished, and largely cut off from the outside world. Hong Kong in contrast was a beacon of international wealth, with funds flowing into its financial and manufacturing sectors from around the world.

Over the last two decades of the 20th century China’s economy grew rapidly. Its billion-plus population has achieved an aggregate income to achieve the world’s second largest economy. Although it is now strategically and economically much closer to China than it was it before 1997, Hong Kong still maintains its fully independent legal, financial, and social systems. Hong Kong permits visa free entry to most countries of the world, and actively encourages business and commerce. It only takes one day to register a company and set up a bank account in Hong Kong, and there is no restriction on the free flow of funds in or out of the territory. Hong Kong Law is based on British Common Law, and the territory’s police force and government are corruption free. The territory has, for many years, been consistently voted the freest economy in the world by The Heritage Foundation.


Conveniently located in the capital, Guangzhou, our Canton Office is in the centre of the most active and wealthy area of China – Guangdong, the Pearl River Delta.

The southern province of Guangdong is the wealthiest and most forward-thinking area in the whole of China. It has a long history of being the gateway to China, and centre of China’s trade with the outside world. Traders from the West have docked their ships in Macau for 350 years and in Canton (Guangzhou) and Hong Kong for nearly 200 years. The Pearl River Delta has overtaken the Tokaido Megalopolis  the largest urban conglomerate in the world. It has a population as large as Germany, and it also has the highest GDP in China – about US$900 billion, with its exports accounting for nearly 40% of China’s total. Guangdong’s consumers have the highest per capita incomes in the country, and are always open to new ideas and products.

Guangdong Province is definitely the perfect Test to see if your Products can break the market before starting a distributing at a larger scale all around China.