Hong Kong Introduces 5-Day Clearing Week – a fact Sheet




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Hong Kong Introduces 5-Day Clearing Week – A Fact Sheet
Definition of 5-Day Clearing Week (“5DCW”)
5DCW means that there is no clearing and settlement for all currencies on Saturdays. In other words, clearing and settlement of funds through cheque, autopay or electronic fund transfer, etc. will take place from Mondays to Fridays only.
Scope
The 5DCW will cover Clearing House Automated Transfer System (“CHATS”)1 in HKD, cheques (in HKD, USD and RMB) and electronic clearing (“ECG”)1 in HKD and USD.
Implementation Date
4 September 2006
Impact on cheques and ECG
All cheques deposited on Saturdays will be treated as if the cheques were deposited on the next clearing day, and this is when interest on interest bearing accounts will accrue.
There will be no crediting or debiting of customer accounts on Saturdays for ECG items.
Impact on Auto Payments (e.g. autodebit, autocredit, standing instruction)
Only auto payments that fall on a Saturday would be affected. For month-end auto payment instructions that fall on a Saturday, they should be debited/credited from the customers’ accounts on the clearing day preceding the Saturday. For other auto payment instructions that fall on a Saturday, they should be debited/credited from the customers’ accounts on the clearing day following the Saturday.
Impact on Loan Drawdown/Replacement and Credit Card Repayment
Banks will not set due dates on Saturdays for loan and credit card repayment nor for loan drawdown that involves inter-bank fund transfers. Settlements to be executed on a Saturday will be treated the same way as settlements to be executed on a Hong Kong public holiday.
Impact on Saturday Branch Banking
Banks will make their own decision as to whether to have their branches open and whether to offer counter services on Saturdays after the implementation of 5DCW.

1 Both CHATS and ECG are clearing systems managed by Hong Kong Interbank Clearing Limited. For further information, please visit their website at www.hkicl.com.hk.



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