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GCI’s Head Office is located in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is the world’s 3rd busiest port, and has, for many years, been ranked by the Heritage Foundation as having the worldwide’s freest economy.

With its separate democratic political system, its legal system based on British Common Law, state-of-the-art communications, and its location a short train or car ride from the Chinese border, Hong Kong has long been the gateway to doing business in China.

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GCI’s Head Office is located in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is the world’s 3rd busiest port, and has, for many years, been ranked by the Heritage Foundation as having the world’s freest economy.

With its separate democratic political system, its legal system based on British Common Law, state-of-the-art communications, and its location a short train or car ride from the Chinese border, Hong Kong has long been the gateway to doing business in China.

 

2 hours by train north of Hong Kong is the city of Guangzhou (Canton).

Guangzhou, with 12 million residents, is the 3rd largest city in China, and the capital of Guangdong Province. Guangdong has a population of over 100 million, and is the largest and most productive industrial base in the country.

By locating GCI China’s main office in this strategic city, the company is able to maintain constant feedback and control over its China operations.

At any given time, we are working with our customers on a whole range of products: components, tailor-made (OEM) items, highly specialized or high tech products, machinery, toys, domestic appliances, renewable energy, interior decoration, electrical and electronic products, jewellery and garments, sports goods, natural and organic products, beauty and grooming items, furniture, tools, packaging etc.

Whatever the requirements, raw materials, finished or semi finished goods, our policy is to respond to every customer’s enquiry within 48 hours.

When a product is required, customers can send us a 2D drawing, a 3D computer file, a mock up, or finished item. Our team works with the client to get him what he wants, where he wants, at the price that is the best we can obtain.

We arrange full transportation services for the customer and every product can be shipped from any place in China to any location in the world.


 

 

 

 

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In the 1950ies, the Made in Japan was a good source of jokes for comedians everywhere. Cheap toys and gadgets that broke after a couple of days.

In the 1970ies it was Taiwan, and in the 80ies Korea.

Look at the products from all these countries now!

It is true that China’s rapid industrialization in the 90ies took over the cheap and nasty title from the above countries, but, just like Japan, Taiwan and Korea, China is striving to upgrade the quality and reputation of all the products it exports.

There is still some way to go in many cases, and there still exists a huge range of quality standards in the country from totally dishonest, through dreadful, barely acceptable, and all the way up the ladder to world’s best. Do not forget, in its extremely long, unbroken history, China has been pretty good at inventing things and improving on them.

The picture of starving 12 year olds working 18 hour shifts sewing sports shoes is very much at odds with reality.

Workers pay is much lower than the West, that’s why Chinese factories are busy but so are living expenses, food and clothing. For more than 2,000 years, China has placed a high premium on education, and in modern China 9 years minimum schooling is compulsory. If any factory boss were to be found employing underage workers he would be liable for prosecution under China law. This is a lot more compelling than a black mark from a Western store chain!

After nearly 30 years of manufacturing in China, we fully understand the issues of quality and social responsibility that our customers need to be assured of.

We ask every customer to provide us with their full and exact requirements so that we can set down comprehensive guidelines for our inspectors and QC staff that we install in the factory with every order.

We also work with inspection bureaus like SGS and Intertek to audit factories, analyze raw material components and certify ISO ratings before placing orders with suppliers.

 

YOU TELL US WHAT STANDARDS YOU REQUIRE AND WE MAKE SURE YOU GET THEM!

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MY GOODS MUST ARRIVE IN TIME

Delivery deadlines everyone has them, and they can make the difference between success and failure. GCI understands this fact very well, and works very hard to achieve them.

Vessel times from China to most Western countries are around 30 days, and airfreight, at up to 10 times the cost of sea freight is not an attractive alternative in nearly all cases.

Added to this are outside influences like vessels shutting off cargo during the peak shipping months from August to October, and Murphy’s Law which inevitably occurs when deadlines are too tight.

We carefully calculate the time needed from purchase of raw materials/components, to start of production, to final inspection and booking of vessel in order to ensure that both the customer and the supplier have a conservative and successful critical path.

Shipping and handling cost estimates are given to every customer as part of the initial quotation process. Depending upon what the customer wants in the way of shipping terms such as FOB, CIF, DDU or DDP, we will find the most competitive freight pricing for him. The customer can then start his ordering procedure with complete knowledge of the total cost of his product delivered into his warehouse duty paid.

In short, we make every possible effort to eliminate surprises either in cost of product, cost of shipping, quality, or delivery deadlines. There are almost no good surprises in business, so we try to avoid all surprises.

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Contact us

HONG KONG OFFICE

Room 1916A

West Wing Star House

3 Salisbury Road,

Tsimshatsui Kowloon,

Hong Kong

Tel: (+852) 2735 6243

Contact Person: Graham Rogers – Managing Director

e-mail: rogers@chinahong.com

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CHINA OFFICE (Canton)

Room 1606

Weicheng Office Building

207 Huangpu Dadao Zhong.

Guangzhou, PRC 510655

TEL: (+86) 20 8563 6661

Contact Person: Raymond – China Manager

e-mail: raymond@chinahong.com

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EUROPEAN OFFICE (France)

22, rue Ornano

69001 Lyon

France

Tel: (+33) 674857203

Contact Person: Pierre Gallo – European Manager

e-mail: pierre@chinahong.com

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