ArcaPay, an international company providing currency conversion and international payment services to businesses, has this week made it possible for its clients and other businesses to check their business partners for international financial sanctions for free. To this end, the company has transformed its internal tool, which until now has been used in its day-to-day operations for customer screening and transaction monitoring processes. The tool is the first such freely available public information database in Lithuania and one of the very first in the Baltics.
"The geopolitical developments of recent months have significantly increased the importance of financial sanctions. Compliance with sanctions has become particularly relevant for businesses engaged in international trade. We hear from our clients that a large number of businesses still do not have an effective way to verify that their customers, suppliers and other partners are not on sanctions lists. As a financial institution, we have been using both external and in-house developed sanctions screening tools in our day-to-day operations for more than ten years. To help our clients and other companies efficiently verify their business relationships, we have made our internal sanction screening tool publicly available to everyone," says Marius Bausys, the company's founder.
Updated daily, the consolidated database of key sanctions lists (https://aml.arcapay.com/) includes items subject to sanctions by the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and the United Kingdom. It is a fuzzy search engine for finding entities on the financial sanctions lists, even if there are mistakes, omissions or swapped words in the search box. The number of queries for screening on this platform is unlimited, and answers are provided within seconds.
ArcaPay heard about the need for such a user-friendly database to be publicly available from the Center of Excellence in Anti- Money Laundering, which was established last year by the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Lithuania and eight commercial banks in Lithuania.
"The success of the implementation of international sanctions depends on how effective sanctions compliance risks are managed. Sanctions lists are constantly updated, and more and more companies and individuals are added, making the verification of sanctions and business relationships a real challenge for market participants. The proposed solution can serve as an additional tool for market participants to simplify the process of verifying sanctioned persons and companies," said Eimantas Vytuvis, Director of the Center of Excellence in Anti- Money Laundering.
"We care about the sustainability of our client's businesses, as well as the businesses of others. The increased scale of international sanctions today is a serious threat to many businesses both in Lithuania and around the world. Finding out which existing or potential business partners are subject to financial sanctions is not so easy due to the constantly updated information, the abundance of information sources and the limited availability of certain data. We see responsible business development in this context as a common goal for all of us, and we are pleased that our previous experience and activities in the international financial sector allow us to contribute to this," says Mr Bausys.