Seamless cross-border trade

September 1, 2019 | By Hayden Harrison

In 2019, we embarked on a project to explore the future of payments and financial services. Having put the question to senior leaders of our business, we outlined a vision of a frictionless future of payments — comprised of five sub-themes.

Among these sub-themes: seamless cross-border trade

/ˈsiːmləs/ • adjective
  1. smooth and continuous, with no apparent gaps or spaces between one part and the next.
    "the seamless integration of information from different sources"

Our hope and expectation for the frictionless future of seamless cross-border trade is that:

  • Common standards and processes mean making international payments is as simple as domestic ones
  • Businesses become increasingly border-agnostic, opening the door to global trade
  • Networks are fully resilient, and cross-border transactions are protected. Money flows uninterrupted — providing certainty in every payment

Achieving this vision will require collaboration between businesses, banks, schemes and governments across the payments ecosystem.  We're at the start of the journey there today, driving the sustainable growth of the global economy for decades — if not centuries — to come.

Stephen Grainger, EVP for Business Partnerships 
“That's the start of the journey we're on today from a cross-border standpoint. It's laying the foundations for us being able to play a more significant role."

In the frictionless future, the world is a friendlier place for international trade. Our financial institutions and businesses speak the same language, and the flow of money never stops. What will we achieve together?

Join the conversation: #FrictionlessFutureofPayments

Hayden Harrison, marketing and communications, Mastercard