Int’l card organisations continually urged to cut fees hinh anh 1The association in April this year proposed the transaction fees to be cut by at least 50 percent for both banks which issue cards and receive payments.

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – The Vietnam Banks Association is urging international credit and debit card companies to reduce a number of fees, as the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier, in April this year, the association sent a written proposal to the organisations related to the issue who said it would consider the proposal but so far, no fees have been cut.

The association said the pandemic has significantly affected operations and business of banks in Vietnam, including card businesses, in recent months.

It cited statistics that the value of transactions by cards in the domestic market in the first three months of this year saw a drop of 21 percent while in foreign markets by 28 percent against the same period last year.

Value of repayment to cards in April tumbled by 78 percent against the same period last year and 93 percent against March.

Some companies and organisations which accepted card payments, including aviation, education, tourism sites and hotels, have seen the value of transactions fall by 80 percent in March against the previous month and further declines were predicted.

The association urged international card organisations Visa and Mastercard to reduce the fees on Vietnamese banks for at least 12 months.

Specifically, the association proposed the transaction fees to be cut by at least 50 percent for both banks which issue cards and receive payments.

For the long-term, it was critical to have appropriate policies for fee collection to promote the development of Vietnam’s card market, the association said.

It said that Visa and Mastercard were collecting three to four types of fees for each transaction, adding that the fees international card organisation were collecting were much higher than those of domestic card switching organisations./.