SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China unveiled tighter guidelines late on Thursday to better control its $1.3 trillion credit card sector, urging creditors to undertake a “prudent” progress strategy, and monitor pitfalls more carefully.

Banking companies are also barred from employing the quantity of playing cards issued or industry share as primary efficiency metrics, and are demanded to cap the amount of dormant cards at 20% of total, according to policies jointly posted by China’s central lender, and the country’s banking regulator.

“China’s credit score card business has been developing speedily, playing a key position in facilitating payment and use,” the China Banking and Insurance policy Regulatory Fee (CBIRC) mentioned in a assertion on its website accompanying the release of the new regulations.

“Not too long ago, having said that, some financial institutions … are lax in hazard administration, and have behaved in techniques that damage customers’ curiosity,” the regulator reported.

Chinese banking institutions have issued a whole of 800 million credit playing cards as of the close of 2021, with superb financial loans totalling 8.62 trillion yuan ($1.29 trillion), in accordance to the People’s Bank of China. Approximately 86 billion yuan of credit score card loans, or 1% of whole fantastic, are overdue for six months or longer.

The new principles have to have banking institutions to tighten scrutiny in excess of credit card financial loans, and improve risk administration regulate.

Banking institutions will have to also established up a audio process to watch, identify, inform and avoid abuse in the credit card organization, in accordance to the rules.

($1 = 6.7005 Chinese yuan renminbi)

(Reporting by Samuel Shen and Brenda Goh Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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