Level of cash use in Belgium 2000-2018

Cash money use in Belgium stayed relatively stable for many years, with consumers increasingly using less cash for their transactions in the years after 2015. This according to estimations based on the available data regarding cash withdrawals and payment transactions. No data exists on the actual use of cash money, outside of survey diaries. Such a diary, covering consumers' use of cash money in shops, was held in Europe only once, in 2017. As not all payment data is readily available, like the use of OTC or over-the-counter cash withdrawals, note this can still mean that the cash share numbers provided here are not necessarily accurate.

Share of cash in total payment transactions in Belgium from 2000 to 2018

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Sources

Release date

February 2020

Region

Belgium

Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Supplementary notes

No data is available that covers the exact volume of transactions conducted with cash money. In order to make a credible estimation, this calculation looked at the following indicators:

  • Value of ATM cash withdrawals (either with cards issued by resident PSPs at any terminal, provided by either a resident or non-resident PSP, or with cards issued by non-resident PSPs at terminals provided by resident PSPs;
  • Value of OTC or over-the-counter cash withdrawals;
  • Value of card payments, issued by resident PSPs;
  • Value of e-money payment transactions, issued by resident PSPs.

To summarize, this methodology tries to put cash withdrawals, either at an ATM or OTC, in perspective of all payment transactions (withdrawals + card payment+ e-money transactions) within a country. Numbers on checks, ACH or instant payments have not been used.

Note that numbers on OTC withdrawals and e-money are not always readily available for all years. Multiple sources were consulted to get to these numbers. In the case of Belgium, no OTC numbers from before 2014. Additionally, there were no numbers on e-money in 2013 and earlier.

* The ECB states that numbes for Belgium in 2014 were revised. This might explain the drop that year.

The values used in the calculations for Belgium were in euros.

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