24 May 2018

25% of all cross-border payments now over gpi

More than 165 banks signed up, with 100 currencies and 350 country corridors in operation as service quickly gains traction

SWIFT’s global payments innovation, launched just 15 months ago, now represents 25% of all SWIFT cross border payment traffic, according to the lastest data. SWIFT gpi, the most transformational change in cross-border payments in 30 years, dramatically enhances the customer experience by increasing the speed, transparency and end-to-end tracking capability of payments. It is set to be the standard for all cross-border payments made on the SWIFT network by the end of 2020.


SWIFT gpi has seen widespread adoption since going live in 2017. More than 165 banks, have signed up for the service – which represents 80% of SWIFT’s cross-border payments traffic,including 49 of the world's top 50 banks. 50 million gpi payments have been processed so far, with hundreds of thousands of payments sent daily across 350 country corridors, in more than 100 currencies.  In major corridors, such as USA-China, gpi already accounts for more than 40% of payment traffic.

“It’s clear that the global payments industry needs to evolve in order to provide customers with a modern, service that meets their expectations,” says Harry Newman, SWIFT’s Head of Banking. “As a truly global, fast, secure and transparent cross-border service, gpi is delivering real and tangible change, and the increase in its use is testament to the huge benefits it delivers to end customers. With more than 25% of traffic and over $100bn a day now flowing securely over gpi, it is rapidly becoming the new cross-border standard.”

As a truly global, fast, secure and transparent cross-border service, gpi is delivering real and tangible change, and the increase in its use is testament to the huge benefits it delivers to end customers.

Harry Newman, Head of Banking, SWIFT

The strong growth in the adoption and use of SWIFT gpi has been driven by demand for a faster, more transparent cross-border payments service. Already, nearly 50% of gpi payments are completed and credited to end beneficiaries’ accounts in less than 30 minutes, many within seconds.

Newman added: “As more and more banks see the dramatic enhancements and efficiencies provided by gpi, we’re seeing its adoption grow every day. The rapid delivery of a payment message in less than 30 minutes and the transparency provided by the tracker gives banks’ end customers greater visibility and a substantially enhanced service.“

In March 2018 SWIFT announced the extension of its gpi Tracker to cover all payment instructions sent across the network, enabling gpi banks to track all their SWIFT payment instructions at all times, and giving them full visibility over all their payments activity. As a direct result of the speed and transparency afforded by gpi, banks using the service have seen a significant reduction in frictions and as much as a 50% fall in their enquiry costs.

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