Facts & Stats

UnionPay Facts and Statistics

  • China’s only card brand.
  • Established in 2002 by the People’s Republic of China.
  • 1 billion active cardholders in China
  • Over 5 billion cards issued worldwide
  • Largest bank card issuer in the world.
  • More than 50% of new cards issued globally are UnionPay cards
  • UnionPay is accepted in more than 140 countries and the number is growing!
  • 618 million Chinese Internet users account for less than half of the country’s total population
  • Chinese spent a record $7.7 billion USD on shopping in the U.S. last year, according to U.S. Commerce Department data. An increase of at least 30 percent annually in seven of the past eight years.
  • Cross-border (online transaction volume outside of China) 26.1 billion RMB at the end of 2011
  • UnionPay has an over $11 billion USD enterprise value and is backed by the China government
  • Chinese consumers are demanding acceptance of their card type in the US.
  • Today, Chinese tourists come to the US and primarily pay cash. Although nearly 90% of the ATMs in the USA accept UnionPay cards to provide cash, these ATM transactions carry FX premiums and additional cross-border transaction fees that discourage spending.
  • Chinese tourists spending with a co-branded UnionPay/Visa/MasterCard card pay an extra 3% currency conversion fee.


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