The use of checks as a payment method continues to decline in Brazil. A survey by the Brazilian Federation of Banks (Febraban) shows that the drop was 93.4% when compared to the number of offsets in 1995.
In all, 218.9 million checks were cleared in 2021. In 1995, 3.3 billion were used. Statistics organized by the federation are based on the Check Clearing Service.
Last year was also the first full operation of PIX, an instant payment system created by the Central Bank of Brazil. Through it, 7 billion transactions were carried out with R$ 4 trillion in financial volume, and the reduction in the use of checks was 23.7%.
But, despite a significant reduction in the number of transactions, the financial volume transacted by checks was reduced in a much smaller proportion. In 1995, BRL 2 trillion was handled through checks, while last year the amount passed to BRL 667 billion, a drop of 67.4%.
However, the small difference compared to 2020 is more significant. With a reduction of almost a quarter in the number of transactions, there was a reduction of only 0.22% in financial volume, which had been R$ 668.4 billion.
“Bank customers have increasingly stopped using checks and have opted for other means of payment, especially digital channels, which are currently responsible for 67% of all transactions made in the country,” says Walter Faria in a note. , deputy director of services at Febraban.
Febraban also surveys the number of returned checks without funds transferred in the country. Last year, more than 18.6 million were returned, a share of 8.5% of the total checks cleared. Compared to 2020, there was a drop of 23.7%.
The checks returned without funds were 13.6 million last year, down 20.6% against 2020, when 15.2 million were returned.
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