International transfers (also known as external or cross-border transfers) allow you to send funds to a different country or to receive funds from a different country.
An international, external or cross-border transfer consists in sending funds from an account in one country to an account in another country.
What should you bear in mind about international bank transfers?
- If the sender and the recipient are both in a country within the SEPA zone, the costs of the transfer must be the same as those of domestic transfers.
- When a correspondent bank is involved, the sender must be informed by its bank that it will have to pay any fees charged by the correspondent bank.
- If both, IBAN and BIC codes, are provided, the transfer is considered to be straight through processing (STP). These transfers are automatic, fast and cheap.
In the case of cross-border transfers, the funds may take longer to arrive, especially if the account of the sender or the recipient is outside the SEPA zone.
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