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Liquid exchange temporarily suspends ERC-20 token and Ethereum withdrawals. Here’s why

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The past week has witnessed a surge in Ether’s prices with the asset breaching the $1,600 mark on 4 February.  However, amid a surge in price, transaction costs have been on the rise as well. 

As a result of the high level of GAS fees, Japan-based crypto exchange Liquid announced that it has temporarily halted ETH withdrawals. The exchange notified its users through Twitter on 4 February. Additionally, the platform planned to resume withdrawal services “once GAS fees return to normal levels.” 

Liquid has also suspended withdrawal for certain ERC-20 tokens as well, but assured users that all other cryptocurrencies “are operating as per normal.”

As of 3 February, gas fees reached an average $17.48 per transaction, as seen in the image below: 

Source: YCharts

Moreover, fees associated with DeFi projects are reportedly surging exponentially. For instance, the cost of Swaps on Uniswap and SushiSwap range from $40 to $75, respectively. 

Earlier today, Synthetix founder Kain Warwick suspected that the transaction volume on the network will only increase as Ether’s price reaches new highs. He said on Twitter: 

Obviously we need to see what the user behavior is when fees are not subsidized by I strongly suspect that the tx volume will only increase from here. Right now you can’t do much but sit and mash the mint button. Soon you will have exchanges and other cool stuff…

Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours, Ether has surged by 4.7% and was trading at $1.628 at press time. Many expect the crypto to breach the $1,700 mark soon. According to data from CoinGecko, Ether has seen a 29.8% hike in price in the past week. 


Alisha is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. Her interests lie in blockchain technology, crypto-crimes, and market developments in Africa and the United States
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