This release was posted in IBS intelligence and speaks to the expansion of Airwallex into the U.S. market. For readers not familiar with Airwallex, it is a well-funded 2015 fintech startup (now a Unicorn) out of Australia that offers global financial infrastructure for global payments fintech that enables businesses to operate anywhere, anytime. The company indicates that it built a proprietary global financial infrastructure platform to help businesses transact, collect, and pay in any foreign currency across 130+ countries and 50+ currencies, without the constraints of the traditional global financial system. In the U.S. rollout, the company is focusing on what they call a borderless card.
‘Airwallex, a leading global FinTech platform, recently introduced the U.S. Airwallex Borderless Card, a virtual Visa card issued by Community Federal Savings Bank (“CFSB”), enabling U.S. businesses to make digital card payments around the world easily…
The Company’s customers domiciled in the United States, can now instantly generate and issue multi-currency virtual payment cards that can be used to promptly pay third parties, such as vendors and other online merchants, wherever Visa cards are accepted.’
The multi-currency aspect of the card product assumes that FX fees are bypassed since the local payment is made in local currency as set up by the paying business. We have not had a briefing but assume that the collaboration with Visa, which began in 2020, is using the Visa Direct capabilities, which utilizes Visa’s global debit network for cross-border payments. We would expect that this is mostly a play in the lower end of the SME space.
‘The ability to pay on time and do away with barriers associated with global money transfers is critical. Using the Company’s Borderless Card, U.S. companies can now transact in more than 140 currencies and expand more easily into new markets with confidence, knowing that payments are secure, transparent, and fast. Single- and multi-use card capability allows for more security, better control, and better visibility with company spending…
Over the coming months, the Company plans to expand the U.S. Airwallex Borderless Card functionality, including the issuance of physical multi-currency payment cards for business owners and their employees’ work expenses, further empowering them to make everyday business purchases decisions.’
Overview by Steve Murphy, Director, Commercial and Enterprise Payments Advisory Service at Mercator Advisory Group