Decentralized exchange Orca closes doors for Americans to use its website’s interface to trade crypto.

Orca, a Solana-based decentralized exchange (DEX), announced its plans to prohibit US users from trading through its web interface beginning March 31st.

The notice was published on the DEX’s official website on March 16th.

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The pop-up notification on the Orca’s website read:

Orca will be adding the United States to the regions and countries which are restricted from trading on effective March 31st, 2023.

On top of that, in the message, Orca highlighted that the change “will not impact the ability of US users to directly interact with Orca’s smart contract or SDK, nor will it impact their ability to provide liquidity through”

It is worth noting that Jupiter uses Orca for sourcing liquidity for its swap aggregator service. Therefore, Jupiter’s website could be an alternative for traders looking to interact with Orca smart contracts.

According to data from DefiLlama, in February, DEX did more than $634 million in trading volume and had more than $45 million locked in Solana smart contracts.

While most decentralized exchanges have not imposed such limitations, centralized crypto exchanges lacking US licenses have often blocked Americans from using their services to avoid regulatory issues.

One of the crypto-related firms that banned Americans from using its interface is the 1inch aggregator. The company imposed these measures on September 2021. However, the first one to apply such measures was Binance DEX, which banned US customers from using its interface in June 2019.

Talking about 1inch, at the end of January, the company introduced its first hardware wallet, a 1inch Hardware Wallet.

Gile K. - Crypto Analyst

by Gile K. – Crypto Analyst, BitDegree

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