Binance Shocks Market with Removal of Australian Dollar Trading Pairs

Binance Shocks Market with Removal of Australian Dollar Trading Pairs

The largest crypto exchange in the world, Binance, has declared that it plans to eliminate various trading pairs associated with the Australian dollar (AUD) from its platform on May 26, 2023. The move comes amid a range of issues, including PayID withdrawals and license cancellations. However, Binance has not provided any specific reasons for the removal of these trading pairs.

Binance Facing Transactions Difficulties 

Recent actions from Binance have sparked market speculations, with some suggesting a possible link to Binance’s ongoing banking challenges in Australia. Binance’s Australian branch had recently announced that specific local customers would be unable to deposit or withdraw funds due to a third-party payment provider’s suspension of services. 

This payment provider was later identified as Westpac Banking Corp, the country’s second-largest retail bank. Westpac had enforced the blocking of certain cryptocurrency payments to mitigate the chances of some fraudulent activities.

Binance Australia has currently halted its Australian dollar services, reportedly due to the suspension of support by its payment services provider, Zepto. The exchange released a statement explaining that it was forced to suspend AUD services following a decision by a third-party payments provider. Binance is currently searching for alternative options to resume offering Australian dollar deposits and withdrawals to its users. Nonetheless, users can still utilize credit or debit cards to buy and sell cryptocurrencies on the platform.

Binance’s recent move to eliminate selected trading pairs has raised some doubts among traders and investors. They fear that this could adversely affect the liquidity and trading volume of cryptocurrencies on the platform. However, Binance has assured its users that their funds are protected by the Secure Asset Fund for Users (SAFU) fund. The SAFU fund acts as a safety net for users in case of security breaches or other unforeseen events that could lead to unexpected losses.

Possible Reasons for this Move 

 Binance is currently facing some regulatory obstacles in Australia, including an investigation by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) into the company’s operations and compliance with local laws. To comply with regulatory requirements, Binance may have decided to eliminate certain trading pairs as a strategic move.

Binance has also been facing financial hurdles recently, including the struggle to secure new banking partners in the US and UK. Additionally, the exchange’s operations were impacted by the withdrawal of PayID ramping services and license cancellation in Australia. It’s possible that Binance has opted to remove specific trading pairs in an effort to streamline resources and tackle these financial challenges.