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PayPal’s India transaction block could last months

Online payments service PayPal says its suspension of certain transactions in India could last months.

business Updated: Feb 10, 2010 10:25 IST

Online payments service PayPal says its suspension of certain transactions in India could last months.

In a post on PayPal’s blog on Tuesday, spokesman Anuj Nayar wrote that the company will keep blocking personal payments to and from India as it works out questions that Indian regulators have posed.

The payments were initially suspended January 28, after regulators questioned whether PayPal payments should be regulated like wire transfers of cash.

However, local bank withdrawals, which had also been suspended, should be available within a few days, Nayar said.

The size of PayPal’s India business is not publicly disclosed, but it appears to be relatively small. In 2008, USD4 billion of PayPal’s USD60 billion in transactions came from the region it defines as Asia, and the vast majority was from Australia, PayPal’s fourth-largest market.

PayPal is part of eBay Inc.