26 February 2015

RMB strengthens its position as the second most used currency for documentary credit transactions

SWIFT RMB Tracker shows RMB’s activity share for documentary credit transactions increased to 9.43% in January 2015.

Brussels, 26 February 2015 – Last month’s SWIFT RMB Tracker covered the Renminbi (‘RMB’) breaking into the top five world currencies used in global payments. This month the focus is on the use of RMB as currency for documentary credit transactions. Recent SWIFT data shows that the RMB’s activity share for documentary credits increased in value from 7.32% in January 2013 to 9.43% in January 2015. This strengthens the RMB’s position as the second most used currency for this purpose, ranking behind the USD which remains the leading currency for documentary credits with a share of nearly 80%.

In January 2015, China, Singapore and Hong Kong remain the top three countries using RMB as currency for documentary credits, exchanging nearly 95% of all RMB documentary credit transactions worldwide in value. They were followed by Macau and Taiwan with 0.88% and 0.86 %, respectively.

“Letters of credit and documentary collections are widely used instruments to finance trade flows across Asia,” says André Casterman, Global Head, Corporate and Supply Chain Markets at SWIFT. “China’s position as one of the main exporting and importing countries in the world is supporting the increasing use of the Chinese currency. However, many of these RMB transactions are still mostly driven by China and Hong Kong, even though the RMB is nearly 10% of traditional trade finance flows globally in terms of value.”

In January 2015, the RMB held its position as the fifth most used payments currency in the world with an activity share of 2.06%. Overall, RMB payments decreased in value by 10.22% in January 2015, whilst the decrease for all payments currencies was at 5.7%.

 

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