US Dollar Bulk Exchange

The US Dollar Bulk Exchange (USBE) is a parallel system to the Retail System. The USBE is used for payment items in US dollars, drawn on a U.S. dollar account at financial institutions in Canada, but settled in the U.S. 

Each participant makes entries to reflect the exchange of payment items in various streams with every other participant. Although it is not a clearing and settlement system in the same sense as the Retail System, it provides a similar mechanism to track the exchange of US dollar payment items and the resulting balances due to and from participants. Settlement is effected through correspondent banks in New York and is accomplished through a series of wire payments, and the Bank of Canada is not involved in this process.

Balances are calculated on a bilateral basis between each pair of participants rather than on the multilateral basis used for the Retail System.

Procedures related to the USBE are outlined in Section K of our Rules.

System technology upgrades

In November 2020, Payments Canada completed a refresh of the technology that underpins the system’s application, in collaboration with our technology partner, IBM Canada. This refresh also applies to the US Bulk Exchange (USBE), which runs parallel to the ACSS. The upgrades to the ACSS and USBE applications ensure the retail system continues to remain safe, sound and efficient while delivering to our members a more streamlined and simplified user experience.