Download: X-Border Payments Optimization Index - November 2017

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The United States kept its top spot in the Index, coming in as the most cross-border friendly country PYMNTS studied with an Index score of 65.9 out of 100. China rose from fourth to second place with a core of 63.9 out of 100, followed by the U.K. in third 63.2 out of 100.

The Travel industry received the highest Index score with a 64.8 out of 100, followed by the Apparel and Accessories industry (63.0 out of 100) and the Housewares and Home Furnishing industry (59.4 out of 100).

Visa is the most commonly accepted payment type, accepted by 94.5% of merchants, followed by Mastercard, accepted by 94 percent – and PayPal, accepted by 79.8 percent.