First Bank Using xRapid Reveals Launch Date, Plans to Process Payments Across 80 Countries

The Euro Exim Bank has made an official announcement that it will start using XRP for it’s cross border payments. This arrangement is slated to start in the first quarter of the year.

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The head of compliance and operations of Exim Bank, Graham Bright, told the media that it plans to use this digital asset in powering payments across up to 80 countries in the long run. It is aimed at demonstrating the efficiency and speed of cryptocurrency.

He went on to say:

There’s been a lot of talk around the markets about how blockchain technology can assist in trade finance. We’re interested in moving forward and creating a platform for payments for our clients who are in over 80 countries at the moment, making sure they have a smooth, frictionless way of paying local people.”

The current standard of global payment

Presently, the standard for international payment is Swift, the global network. This system is currently used by approximately 11,000 banks as well as financial institutions in the world. Bright also states that  one of the transactions of Euro Exim Bank on Swift’s network was lost this month. This offers a prime example of why it is necessary to initiate a change in technology.

It was lost somewhere in the quagmire of a central organization, and we have no visibility on where it is. All the counterparty says is, ‘We have not received your message.’”

How xRapid works

This offering from Ripple allows financial institutions and banks to send their international payments by exchanging the local currency for XRP. This digital currency is then sent across borders and converted to the local currency in the country of the recipient. This process would ordinarily take a longer period, but it only takes a few seconds.

Ripple partnerships for smooth execution of this project

Ripple has entered several meaningful partnerships to execute this project smoothly. The company collaborated with 4 crypto exchanges that act as Bridges and execute the XRP transactions via the xRapid system. For instance, a bank can exchange USD for XRP through Bittrex, the crypto exchange. This exchange sends the XRP to Bitso, a Mexican based cryptocurrency exchange. Bitso receives it and processes it instantly, converting the XRP to the Mexican currency, peso. It then delivers it to the Mexican bank in real time.

Marcus Treacher who heads strategic accounts of Ripple globally says xRapid will offer international companies a way to send value without using money in different currencies around the globe.

When you use XRP, instead of having to pre-park all your money in foreign accounts around the world, you hold your funds locally, under your control, your stability, your creditworthiness. It’s a much better position structurally. You can move funds from your local account, Brazilian reals, for example, into the target account, euros, say, in two minutes.”

The London based Euro Exim Bank says it initially became interested in xRapid from Ripple after the bank was invited to the Swell conference of the San Francisco startup in October last year.

It was during this conference that Ripple announced the roll out of xRapid for commercial use. The CEO of Ripple, Brad Garlinghouse, at the conference, officially announced that the product is available for commercial use. He also explained that it was built to use XRP to let financial institutions send cross border transactions instantly. It  also said was cost compared to the traditional ways used for sending money.
the company also revealed that companies  to use the technology first include MercuryFX, Cuallix as well as Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union.

Brian Lubin is a Crypto News Reporter for Smartereum. He's well-known for his reports on the crypto markets.

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