Cross-border Payments

Instant, low-cost remittances without the FX volatility.

Better international transfers

Traditional remittances from one country to another can take days and are exposed to foreign exchange rate fluctuations.

Blockchain technology can enable secure, instant, and low-cost currency swaps between people and businesses around the world, including providers like Western Union or OMT, while giving real-time confirmation that the transfer has reached the intended recipient.

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Cross-border remittances are relevant to anyone that uses the global payment architecture, from end-consumers to businesses and banks.

International transfers
B2B currency swaps
Intra-group payments
Interbank settlement
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Avoiding third parties

The main benefit of our solution is that it eliminates the need for unnecessary third parties that can add both time and costs to typical transfers. 

Once all parties agree to the transfer, with blockchain technology, it’s instant—and with less network hops than legacy systems. 

The end-to-end process means data can be easily shared with all stakeholders, including Know Your Customer verification and other cross-border compliance checks.


Benefits for your business

nChain is exploring a number of uses for blockchain-enabled cross-border payments. 

Sending money internationally can take days for each party to process on their technical architecture. Once funding is established, blockchain enables instant payments that also avoid FX volatility. 

Eliminate costly surprises and ensure a fairer, more inclusive payments system with a foreign exchange rate that’s transparent and updated in real-time.

Bringing cross-border stakeholders onto the same system—a single data standard no matter the language or currency—reduces data quality issues along the transfer and ensures interoperability. 

Know Your Customer and Anti-Money Laundering processes can be shared with multiple stakeholders in a permissioned way to ensure inter-jurisdiction compliance. 

Legacy global payment systems are costly. Our solution enables micropayments for less than a cent, meaning retail users don’t need to wait to send money back home.