Standard Chartered has rolled out its SWIFT gpi offering to Germany, meaning customers using its Germany clearing hub stand to receive end-to-end confirmation and fee transparency of their payments over the entire transaction life cycle.
This should enable them to manage their working capital better and offers benefits such as faster, same day use of funds with increased visibility over transaction statuses and costs.
Francesco Miccoli, Standard Chartered’s managing director & global head – correspondent banking sales and regional head – correspondent banking Europe said, “SWIFT gpi matches Standard Chartered’s aspirations to re-shape the cross-border payments industry and standards to effectively meet clients’ need for efficiency and transparency in payments.
“We are now SWIFT gpi ready in Singapore, the US and Germany and will be looking to explore new correspondent banking frontiers for our clients.”
The euro is the second most important currency for cross-border payments for Standard Chartered and investment in gpi capabilities are in line with the bank’s strategy in Germany as the European clearing hub.
“Standard Chartered is a founder member of SWIFT gpi and active collaborator in the SWIFT gpi Vision group,” said Wim Raymaekers, head of banking markets at SWIFT.
“The bank works closely with us to drive the commercialisation of SWIFT gpi in its Asian, African and Middle Eastern markets. The bank is also deeply engaged in the next development stages and market advocacy for SWIFT gpi including real-time gpi payments
SWIFT gpi is an industry-wide collaboration with leading banks around the world to change the cross-border payments experience. In the past, customers have struggled to track cross-border payments as the traditional correspondent banking rails had limited tracking capabilities, lacked transparency and could require two to three days before funds were credited on the beneficiary’s account.
SWIFT gpi is designed to improve cross-border payments by increasing their speed, transparency and end-to-end tracking. Hundreds of thousands of cross-border payments are today being sent using the new gpi standard.