Citi to be First International Bank to Issue Commercial Cards in China

Large and multinational organizations will be able to create a true global cards program with Citi’s expanded capabilities

Shanghai, Hong Kong - October 15, 2012 – Citibank (China) Co., Ltd. (“Citi China”) announced today the launch of its commercial cards program in China by its Citi Transaction Services division, making it the first global bank to offer such capabilities to its large corporate and multinational clients, and firmly cements Citi’s market-leading position in the commercial cards space.

Andrew Au, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citi China, noted that the commercial card complements Citi’s focus to pursue growth across multiple businesses in China. “The launch of the Citi Commercial Card completes the full suite of our cards offering to meet our corporate and consumer clients’ spending needs, as we strive to be the most innovative and customer-focused financial services provider in China,” he said.

With unparalleled global acceptance, an extensive proprietary issuing network in over 100 countries, and customer service support in more than 25 languages, Citi has long been considered a preeminent commercial cards provider to large and multinational organizations. Citi’s expanded China cards capability will enable it to uniquely offer a proven global solution – in terms of technology, innovation and transaction volume – to the local network.

“The launch of our commercial cards platform in China represents a significant milestone for Citi and the commercial card industry as a whole,” said Manish Kohli, Citi’s Global Head of Commercial Cards.

“Citi is delighted to expand our best-in-class, globally integrated commercial card solutions to China to allow our clients to meet their growing expense management needs locally. At our very successful Asia Pacific Commercial and Prepaid Cards Summit in Singapore on October 11 and 12, our clients unanimously reiterated the value that Citi’s Commercial Card business launch into China will deliver to their growth strategy in the region,” he added.

Citi’s Commercial Cards solution will include the Travel and Expense Card, as well as Purchasing Card, and be available as a Renminbi-denominated card with China UnionPay, and a U.S. Dollar-denominated card with Visa and MasterCard.

“We are delighted to be breaking new ground with the launch of Citi’s Commercial Cards in China,” said Amol Gupte, Region Head, Asia Pacific, Citi Transaction Services. “This solution extends our ability to offer dynamic business tools to our clients, enabling them to benefit from a global cards program in terms of user experience, product functionality and standardized reporting.”

With a host of online, customizable, reporting tools and integrated solutions, Citi’s Commercial Cards solution offers clients a comprehensive package that takes program and report management to a higher level, providing a superior-quality business intelligence engine to support the need for consolidated data and card-level administration and information. Citi’s commercial card programs increase control and transparency, offering greater visibility into what and where organizations are spending.

Citi Commercial Cards, with proprietary issuance capabilities in over 100 countries including local-currency programs in more than 65 countries, has long been considered a leading commercial card provider to large and multi national organizations globally. The products form the core of the expense management strategies for many multinational corporations, making Citi a premier card issuer in terms of technology, innovation and volume. For more information regarding any of Citi’s innovative global solutions, please visit

Citi Transaction Services, a division of Citi’s Institutional Clients Group, offers integrated cash management, trade, and securities and fund services to multinational corporations, financial institutions and public sector organizations around the world. With a network that spans more than 95 countries, Citi’s Transaction Services supports over 65,000 clients. As of the third quarter of 2012, it held on average $415 billion in liability balances and $12.8 trillion in assets under custody.


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About Citi China
Citi first established an office in China on May 15, 1902, in Shanghai. In April 2007, Citi was among the first international banks to locally incorporate in China. Citi's locally incorporated entity is known as Citibank (China) Co Ltd., which is wholly owned by Citibank, N.A. Today Citi is a leading international bank in China, and has 13 corporate bank branches – in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Dalian, Chongqing, Guiyang, Nanjing, Changsha and Wuxi – and 49 consumer bank outlets. With operations in more than 160 countries around the world, Citi is the most global of all international banks in China.