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Argentine foreign currency credit cards included in the strict dollar “clamp”

Tuesday, August 7th 2012 - 17:06 UTC
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More impediments for Argentine residents wanting to travel and spend overseas More impediments for Argentine residents wanting to travel and spend overseas

Credit card companies operating in Argentina have also fallen under the net work of the tax office AFIP, and now must request authorization and approval to purchase US dollars to balance their clients’ accounts.

According to the Argentine financial media the focus now is on the credit cards companies which purchase dollars in the local market to compensate their affiliates overseas and cancel foreign currency expenditures by card holders which in the last two months averaged 400 million dollars.

Credit card holders when purchasing overseas automatically have their bills compensated with US dollars traded at the Argentine official rate (considerably cheaper than at the parallel market) and was one of the few loops left in the current foreign currency restrictions policy or ‘clamp’ imposed by the government of President Cristina Fernandez.

According to official central bank data during the first four months of this year the average expenditure with credit cards overseas by Argentine residents doubled compared to the same period a year ago. Last February, March the average was 304 million dollars and twelve months before, 179 million dollars.

Foreign currency credit cards are one of the last resources that Argentine residents have when travelling overseas.

Categories: Economy, Politics, Tourism, Argentina.

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  • LEPRecon

    Yet more proof that CFK and her government are getting desperate.

    I wonder how long they can hold on?

    Aug 07th, 2012 - 05:51 pm 0
  • malicious bloke

    Chalk it up. At what point are the people going to realise that if you need all these totalitarian measures to coerce people to do business in your currency then there *might* just be something horribly wrong with your economy.

    Aug 07th, 2012 - 07:16 pm 0
  • Captain Poppy

    They are sniffing greenbacks in such desperation where can they possible search next? No one looks for money like this unless they see that the collapse is sooner than expected.
    Desperate measures
    For desperate leaders
    In a desperate country.
    Some model.

    Aug 07th, 2012 - 07:19 pm 0
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