In December news.Bitcoin.com reported on the Croatian Post’s launch of their own crypto exchange service. After a pilot run in the tourist friendly city of Zadar, the program was expanded to 55 post office branches nationwide starting December 11. Now almost two months in, Croatian Post has provided an update to news.Bitcoin.com on the progress of the exchange. Local users of the service have increased since the pilot, and the most popular cryptos traded are BTC, ETH, and XRP.
Locals and Tourists Alike Now Using Exchange Service
The Croatian Post crypto exchange service allows users to exchange crypto for Croatian kuna at 55 post office branches across the country. Supported cryptocurrencies are bitcoin core, ether, XRP, stellar, and EOS. According to the corporation, which is the largest postal provider in the Republic of Croatia, “During the pilot that was done in a tourist centre Zadar [the service] was mostly used by foreigners, but since the state-wide launch in December it became more and more popular with locals.”
The initial announcement in December pointed to the convenience for tourists, who want to easily convert their crypto to local currencies while traveling, stating: “In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of cryptocurrency users, who very often plan to travel to those places where they can convert their digital money to the national currency.”
Now that the program is becoming more popular with local users and not just tourists, the Croatian Post notes that “We are very satisfied with the volumes of the service. Of course, we are expecting much higher volumes of cryptocurrency exchange when the tourist season starts.” A buy option is also planned to be introduced soon, providing a crypto on-ramp for users.
Most Popular Cryptos Exchanged for Croatian Kuna
Regarding the most popular cryptos, Croatian Post told news.Bitcoin.com:
Most popular crypto exchanged is, as expected, Bitcoin, followed by Ether. Ripple is also quite popular. EOS and Stellar Lumens are also accepted, but not as commonly recognised and used.
The group further elaborated, “The service is quite new, only launched in December state-wide, so we don’t have many recurring customers and we don’t see any rules in the way people use this service. Depending on the time of the year and also on part of the country however we see a difference in resident and non-resident customers.”
As news.Bitcoin.com’s Kevin Helms recently reported, in addition to Croatian Post, similar services are also being offered by post offices in Liechtenstein and Austria. Should residents and tourists in Croatia wish to purchase or sell bitcoin cash (BCH), they can do so via a variety of payment methods on the private peer-to-peer trading platform local.Bitcoin.com.
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