China Trading Co. Pty Ltd is Australian owned and operated, specialising in bilateral trade with the People's Republic of China for 46 years, with extensive experience, particularly in the field of horticulture and agriculture, and the nursery industry.

Welcome to China Trading Co. Pty Ltd

What We Do

About Us

China Trading Co. Pty Ltd is 100% Australian owned and operated. Over the last 30 years or more we have established a very strong reputation in the supply of advanced trees and palms to major projects around Australia and internationally.

High Quality Stock

We are providers of consistently high quality stock, and offer our clients a personal, professional and reliable service with attention to detail on every project. 

Advanced Stock

We provide advanced stock for commercial projects, public works projects, zoos, councils and high-end residential projects. You will not find personal service and passion like ours anywhere else in the industry.  


Our background is in bilateral trade with the People’s Republic of China for 50+ years with extensive experience in many areas, specialising particularly in the fields of horticulture, agriculture, and the nursery industry. 


During this period we are very proud to have set up many “firsts” in China, including the first official botanical exchange between Australia and China in 1973. This botanical association has expanded dramatically over the last 30 years. 


Company History

China Trading Company Pty Ltd is a 100% Australian owned and operated family business established in Sydney in 1972 and now based in Kingscliff in northern New South Wales.

The Directors, Graham and Barbara Todd, have been trading with China since 1960, and between them have made over 130 business trips to most of the provinces of China, and attended 52 Canton Fairs, acting as importers and exporters on their own behalf, and as buying and sales consultants for many major Australian Corporations seeking to enter the China market in a wide range of fields. Hence the company name!

Graham and Barbara have always had a love of the agricultural, horticultural and nursery industries which lead to their involvement in opening up the first official Australia China Botanical exchange in 1973, just a few months after the normalisation of diplomatic relations between the two countries in December 1972. Many “firsts” in our China trade history have been achieved as you can view on our Company History Timeline.


Managing Director, G. Graham Todd, has completed some 92 visits to China and attended 52 consecutive Canton Fairs over these many years. Many “firsts” in our China trade history have been achieved as follows:

1964 Arranged first Australian Fresh Foods Promotion in Hong Kong, everything from Tasmania, to major hotels, clubs and restaurants.
1969 Our first visit to “Canton Fair” in Guangzhou to establish bilateral trade.
1972 First live sheep exports to China by air from Sydney, for our client, Dalgety Ltd.
1973 Opened first official botanical exchange between Australia and China with introductory letter and eucalypt seeds from Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney to South China Botanical Institute.
1973 Founding Member Australia/China Business Cooperation Committee (Vice President for over 15 years).
1974 First Qantas flight to China (Boeing 707 freighter) – 30 live cattle and 90 sheep for Australian Exhibition in Beijing – Australia’s largest ever staged.
1974 Our Company appointed major contractor to successfully undertake salvage of several thousand cubic metres of sawn Oregon and hemlock timber which went overboard from MV “Star Kerry” when entering Sydney Harbour during the worst storm ever – 7th May 1974.
1975 Arranged first Australian tourists (1000 persons) permitted to China (farmers’ tours we arranged for our client, Dalgety Travel).
1976 First macadamia/pecan tree exports to China to start this new industry, donated by our Company.
1977 First irrigation equipment exports to China, donated by our client, James Hardie Irrigation.
1978 First raspberry cane exports to China to start this new industry, donated by our Company.
1979 First banana (tissue culture) exports to China of new varieties, donated by our Company.
1980 Assisted in arranging first “Canton Fair” in Sydney for Guangdong Government.
1980 First language/culture courses, Redlands School, Sydney (other lecturers included Mr Robin Amy, NSW Overseas Trade Authority).
1985 Arranged China’s first overseas agricultural machinery and equipment display (in Australia as guest nation, Australian National Agricultural Field Days at Orange, New South Wales).
1986 First Cattle Embryo Transplant technology to China with Dr. Roger Bilton – world famous veterinarian and Embryo Transplant technology expert. All expenses paid by Australian Government, including new milking and shearing machinery.
1986 First joint venture irrigation farm project in Guangzhou introducing new subtropical fruits and vegetables from Australia, for our client, James Hardie Ltd.
1989 First release in world in Sydney Botanic Gardens of Rhapis Multifida Palm – “Jade Empress” ™ – “Finest palm in the world!”
1993 First exports by sea to Hong Kong/China of live Kentia palms, including a ten metre specimen.
1995 Exported our donation of the first live Australian native trees and palms to the Grand Flower Park in Guangzhou, including a contribution from the New South Wales Government
1997 Arranged world’s largest ever movement comprising 90 super advanced fig trees in six trips by ocean going tug and barge from Tweed Heads to Sydney to form the main Boulevard of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
2000 Another new development is our recent exports of the Macrozamia moorei (Zamia Palm) and Xanthorrhoea johnsonii (Grass Tree) to Europe and South East Asia.
2001 We have now started exports of the Internationally famous Helidon Sandstone which can be shipped in large blocks, or in cut pieces, to suit our international clients’ requirements.
2002 We were awarded 1 Gold Award and 4 Silver Awards for our display of Australian Trees and Helidon Sandstone, at the Fourth China International Garden and Flower Exposition in Guangzhou, China.
2004 Largest Queensland Bottle Trees (up to 26 tons) exported to China.
2005 First white and also red Jacarandas to Brisbane City Botanic Gardens.
2007 Specimen palms & Frangipanis to “Qualia”, Hamilton Island.
2008 Supplied many specimen palms and trees to South Bank in Brisbane and Gold Coast City Council projects.
2009 Large Livistona palms for Airlie Beach and Townsville Marina projects.
2010 Volunteered to help Australian Geological Society to source large significant (20-25 ton) specimen rocks to go into the new National Rock Garden at Lake Burley Griffin, celebrating Canberra Centenary 2013.
2011 Meetings with major Australian Oil, Gas, Coal, Iron Ore operators and regional Councils, seeking their assistance for National Rock Garden, Lake Burley Griffin.
2012 First government approved exports to Japan of advanced ex ground Queensland Bottle Trees.
2012 We celebrate our 40th anniversary of the official registration of China Trading Company Pty. Ltd. – 9th May 1972.
2013/2014 Supply continues to major government, commercial and high end residential projects throughout Australia.
2015 More Macrozamia exports to China
2016 Macrozamias to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum in Winton, to the National Rock Garden project in Canberra, and exports to China.


This botanical association has expanded dramatically over the last 30 years, including the Company being responsible for the introduction of the first Australian Macadamia and Pecan tree stocks, numerous new varieties of Subtropical Fruits and Vegetables, Raspberries, Strawberries, Bananas and gifts of Australian native trees, palms, plants and seeds.

Forty years ago there were no private gardens in China, just a few pot plants on apartment block and factory balconies. Now the China garden scene is in full “blossom”, all year round, with the introduction of the massive collection of plant material available from all over the world. Many new public and private landscaping projects in China have imported their big trees and palms, which are carefully selected and prepared for shipment.

Meantime, between the many business visits to China and other countries, Graham and Barbara set up a large Rhapis palm nursery at Alstonville in northern New South Wales, and started the long process of establishing a network of major palm and tree growers from Hobart to Port Douglas, Darwin to Perth, and back through Adelaide to Brisbane. This gave us access to the widest range of top quality plant material grown all over our lovely country, which we now supply to clients in Australia and around the world. Our most challenging and rewarding project was the sourcing and transport of ninety huge Ficus Hillii via six trips by ocean-going tug and barge from Tweed Heads to Sydney to form the Sydney 2000 Olympic main boulevard. This was the largest ever such movement in the world by ocean transport with 100% success.


Our Services

"Big projects need big trees and big palms", We offer you Australia’s widest range of advanced, high quality trees and palms, including many native species. (Natspec tree stock also available). If the trees are available we will find them for you. We provide high quality stock for all projects.

Commercial Projects

We provide solutions for any commercial project: on-site meetings face to face with architects and clients, detailed costings, stock proposal, supply and delivery in a professional and efficient no-fuss manner.

Council/Public Works Projects

We provide a wide variety stock and are listed as preferred suppliers to many councils throughout Australia and have done so consistently for many years.


We specialize in the export of Australian natives to countries throughout Asia, Europe and the Middle East Read More...

High End Residential Projects

We pay particular attention to quality and selection of feature trees and palms to ensure they match the caliber of the property in which they will be planted.


Simply advise us of your project requirements: Species, size, time frame and location for delivery, and we will be delighted to find the best quality plant stock, either from our own growing areas or from our large number of selected quality stock growers around Australia, and provide you with a quotation, including freight. Barbara and Graham are frequently out on the road personally visiting growers, to obtain the latest up to date information on availability, details, photos, prices etc., so we can keep our clients fully informed of what is available on a national basis. This saves you a lot of time and money and guarantees you a quality product and peace of mind.

Delivery: We arrange delivery on site to a safe curb-side unloading point anywhere in Australia. We are always at your disposal to seek out the best trees and palms to meet your requirements, as well as proposing potentially suitable alternatives if what you have asked for is not available. When you purchase from us you will receive the highest quality advanced trees for your project. Your order will be correct and on time.

One of the keys to our success is our passion for plants, as well as consistent excellence in service and customer satisfaction. Graham’s knowledge about who, where, when, what and how in the tree business is quite unique. You will often hear him on Ian Macnamara’s Australia Allover program calling from a different part of the country whilst he is out scouring the continent for high quality stock.



We are an Australian government registered and approved exporter of plants and trees since 1976. All export stock is prepared to Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) standards.

Our advanced tree and palm range includes many Australian native species, for which we hold the necessary growing, harvesting and commercial trading licences and permits issued by the various Government authorities concerned. Many requests are made to find very unique specimens for specific projects, for which we always try our very best to source for our clients from our wide range of suppliers and growers.

We are able to prepare your order according to your local quarantine requirements, with or without soil, and we have solid partners that we use for shipping and handling. We usually ship on a CIF basis to your closest major shipping port.



We believe the quality of our stock speaks for itself. Please browse some of our stock below.


Contact Us

Have a request for an upcoming project. Why not give us a call. Please direct all enquiries to:
Phone: +61 266 745698 Mobile: +61 412 888112 Email:
China Trading

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