BitPay, a leading blockchain payments provider today announced a partnership with Bithumb, one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges. BitPay and Bithumb will launch a blockchain based cross-border payment solution to help South Korean businesses pay or receive international payments faster and more economically than traditional bank wires.
Businesses who select the BitPay solution pay a fee of one percent for this transaction and can receive the cross-border confirmation within one business day. The average bank wire to or from South Korea costs approximately four percent, depending on the foreign exchange rates and each banks’ wire rates, and takes three to five business days.
Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash payments can dramatically reduce the friction, cost, and time of cross-border business to business payments.
Stephen Pair, CEO of BitPay said:
“BitPay’s business to business solution is our fastest growing product as it’s already in use around the world with global corporations, legal entities, software companies, and real estate sellers. Working with Bithumb, one of the largest and most respected exchanges in the world lets BitPay easily provide this solution to businesses in South Korea.”
Working together, BitPay is to sign up businesses in Europe and the United States who need to pay South Korean businesses. In turn, Bithumb is to sign up the South Korean customers who need to make payments to BitPay merchants in the United States or Europe. BitPay is to process the payments and settle in US Dollars or Euros to the customer’s bank account, minus the one percent transaction fee in one business day. The process also works in reverse for South Korean businesses requiring payment from businesses in the United States or Europe.
Sonny Singh, Chief Commercial Officer of BitPay stated:
“BitPay’s cross-border business to business payments solution has been used by numerous customers around the world helping to save costs and reduce payment times. This partnership allows us to focus on South Korean businesses paying or receiving $100,000 – $5 million per invoice where a 1 -2% savings on each invoice can lead to dramatic cost savings.”
The typical South Korean business that can benefit from this type of cross-border payment are those handling payments between $100,000 to $5 million with Europe or the United States. Businesses must create accounts and pass Know Your Customer checks with Bithumb and BitPay.