Major Latin American bitcoin exchange, Buda, recently suddenly become the subject of a banking embargo in Colombia, according to local reports. Buda similarly experienced the termination of its Chilean banking services in March of this year.
Buda Suffers Termination of Banking Services in Colombia
Buda, a Latin American bitcoin exchange formerly known as Surbtc servicing the Argentinian, Chilean, Colombian, and Peruvian markets, suddenly became the subject of a financial blockade from Colombian banking institutions. The sudden termination of the exchange’s Colombian bank accounts has disrupted customer withdrawals, which are expected to be processed as normal from June 13th onward.
The CEO of Buda, Alejandro Beltran, confirmed that Bancolombia, Davivienda, and BBVA have all terminated financial services provided to the exchange via an email sent to customers. Buda also sought to assure customers that despite their funds are safely protected despite the disruptions to exchange’s operations.
No Other Exchanges Appear to Have Been Targeted
Local reports have attributed embargo to a warning issued by the Superintendence in February that encouraged banks to avoid having ties to Buda.com. The embargo does not target other Columbian exchanges, with local media reporting that “other local crypto exchanges remain open and unimpeded,” as neither Panda Exchange nor Bitinka has reported terminations of banking services.
The financial embargo against Buda has come at a time of increasing parliamentary dialogue regarding cryptocurrencies in Colombia.
During a recent debate in the Colombian Senate attended by representatives of the country’s Financial Superintendency, Bank of the Republic, and National Banking Association, Senator Antonio Navarro Wolff asserted that “the State assumed the task of warning about the risks of operations with cryptocurrencies but did not take actions to prevent or hinder these operations.”
“It is necessary to advance the issue of cryptocurrency, to be at the level of the countries that use this technology,” Senator Wolff added.
Buda Faces Banking Hurdles in Chile
In March, Buda, alongside cryptocurrency exchanges Cryptomarket, and Orionx, became the subject of an aggressive banking embargo from Chile’s seven major financial institutions, including state-owned bank, Banco del Estado de Chile.
Buda filed a lawsuit with Chile’s Court for the Defense of Free Competition, leading to the court ordering Banco del Estado de Chile, Scotiabank, and Itau Corpbanca to reopen the accounts of Buda and Cryptomkt. Banco del Estado de Chile has confirmed that it will comply with the court’s wishes, however, neither Scotiabank or Tiau have indicated that their intention to reopen the exchanges’ accounts.
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