Binance Suspends Direct Deposits and Withdrawals in Brazil

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Binance announced this week that the direct withdrawal and deposits were suspended in Brazil. The exchange issued a statement where it announced that this was the result of a change in the payments partner in the country and that it will be taking legal steps against it. However, the partner states that Binance did not adapt to provide the new KYC information required by Brazil’s central bank.

Binance Stops Real Related Movements

Binance stopped real-based direct deposits and withdrawals in Brazil this week as a result of a change in its secondary payments provider. The exchange announced that it was making the necessary changes to fix this problem in the future to keep offering these services to its customers in Brazil. In a blog post explaining the situation, Binance stated:

[Binance] will promote a smooth transition in the coming weeks and that it is taking all necessary steps, including legal related to Capitual, to ensure that users are not adversely affected by the change.

Furthermore, the exchange stated that Brazil was “an extremely relevant market for the company,” and that it would continue to invest and expand services in the country.

Capitual Answers

Capitual, the bank that provides payments services for Binance and other exchanges in the country, clarified that this situation had to do with the new requirements that the Central Bank of Brazil is asking from participants of its Pix payments platform. According to statements from Capitual, the bank updated its technological platform to adapt to these changes and asked its partners to adapt their platforms to these new changes too.

The company stated:

The partner exchanges Kucoin and Huobi have adapted their systems to the changes that have taken place on the Capitual platform and the services provided to their users in transactions with reais happen regularly,

This means that according to them, only Binance has failed to adapt its technological platform to comply with the new requirements asked by the central bank of Brazil. The bank concluded by stating that these requirements could not be sidestepped, with these being “mandatory for its operation and that of its commercial partners.”

Binance’s new payments partner will be announced soon, and the company just referred to it as a “local payment provider with extensive experience.” In the meanwhile, Binance is directing its users to alternative withdrawal and deposit methods. The exchange recently had to pause bitcoin (BTC) withdrawals globally due to hardware wallet failures on wallet consolidation.

What do you think about the suspension of withdrawals and deposits of Binance in Brazil? Tell us in the comments section below.

Sergio Goschenko

Sergio is a cryptocurrency journalist based in Venezuela. He describes himself as late to the game, entering the cryptosphere when the price rise happened during December 2017. Having a computer engineering background, living in Venezuela, and being impacted by the cryptocurrency boom at a social level, he offers a different point of view about crypto success and how it helps the unbanked and underserved.

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