Transferring Money Overseas: What You Need to Know
Sending Money Overseas
Transferring money overseas can be tricky, but it's not impossible. Here are the steps you need to take in order to successfully transfer your money overseas.
You'll need a few pieces of information before you start this process, so make sure you have all of these at hand: who is receiving the funds? Which bank will they be using? What country are they in? How much do I want them to receive? Do I intend on paying any taxes or fees for this transaction? And am I ready with my account and routing numbers for both accounts involved in the transaction (mine and theirs)? If your answer is yes, then let's get started! This process may sound complicated, but it really just takes some planning ahead of time.
As always, if you have any questions at all during the process, speak to your money transfer provider. They are there to help you through this process and can answer most of your questions.
Now that you've gathered the necessary information, let's talk about what each step includes:
#1 Exchange Rate - You'll need to know how much money you'll be transferring, in the currency of the country where you're transferring it to. You can use our MTFX currency converter to help you with this step.
#2 Transfer Money - You'll need to contact your money transfer service and let them know what amount you want to be transferred, so they can prepare for the transaction accordingly. From there, the money will be transferred from your account to theirs.
#3 Fees - If a fee will be applied for the transaction, you'll need to know about it ahead of time. Many times, these fees can amount to a lot more than you might have imagined. These may also vary from country to country, so make sure you're aware of what you might need to pay.
#4 Confirmation of Funds - Now that the money has been transferred, they'll need to confirm that it is in their account. Once this takes place, they can begin using the funds.
This process may sound complicated, but with some help from your bank and a little bit of research on your part, it shouldn't be too difficult to complete.
Calculate how much you need to send and what conversion rates will apply
Understand any fees or other charges that may be incurred by transferring money overseas
Consider the time it will take for your transfer to go through, as this can vary depending on where you are sending the funds from and where they are being sent to
Use an online service like MTFX if possible because these have lower fees than banks do when transferring money internationally
Be prepared for delays due to holidays, weekends and public closures in both countries involved in the transaction - make sure there are contact numbers in case of an emergency.
Transferring money overseas vs transferring domestically
Transferring money domestically is much simpler and easier than transferring money overseas. When transferring money domestically, you only need to worry about two things: the amount of money you're transferring and the recipient's bank account number. However, when transferring money overseas, you need to worry about a lot more things, such as the exchange rate, the recipient's bank's country, the recipient's bank's SWIFT code, and more.
When you transfer money domestically, the money will be transferred through your bank and is usually cheaper than going through a third-party service. However, transferring overseas is done through an international bank or service provider. This can be problematic because it can take weeks for the money to get to its destination.
What you need to know before transferring money overseas
Before you start transferring money overseas, there are a few things you need to know.
You need to include the correct SWIFT code when sending your money overseas or else it will not be received.
Make sure you only send the money to what country and currency it is in.
If you're sending a large sum of money overseas, it's best that you cut down on the fees with the use of online money transfers.
Always talk to your service provider before making any decisions about how much you're going to send and in which currency.
Tips on how to avoid high fees and hidden costs when transferring money internationally
When transferring money overseas, it's important to be aware of the hidden costs and high fees that can often accompany these transactions. Here are a few tips on how to avoid these extra expenses:
Make sure you're aware of all the fees involved in the transaction. Many banks and transfer services charge hefty fees for international transfers, so be sure to compare rates and find the best deal.
Try to use a currency that is widely accepted. This will help to minimize the conversion fees involved in the transaction.
Avoid making last-minute transfers. The closer to the actual exchange rate, the less you'll pay in fees.
Use a reputable transfer service. There are many fraudulent companies out there that charge high rates and additional fees, so it's important to find a company that you can trust.
MTFX is a better way to transfer money overseas. We make it easy for you by providing an online platform where you can find the best rates and compare them all in one place, eliminating the need for multiple inquiries with different providers. Once we've found your perfect rate, we'll seamlessly take care of the transactions so that everything goes as smoothly as possible. With MTFX's help, transferring money overseas doesn't have to be stressful or complicated.
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Who can use the MTFX payment service?
Individuals and businesses who need to send money in foreign currency internationally can use MTFX’s services. The beneficiary of the transfer must have a bank account for the funds to be paid into.
Personal clients usually use our services to transfer money between their own accounts in two different countries.
Business clients usually use our services to transfer funds to suppliers, fund international operations, or repatriate overseas earnings.
Why should I use MTFX and not my own bank?
MTFX offers currency exchange rates that are 2-5% better than those offered by the banks. Personal clients usually save hundreds of dollars per transfer and for larger transfers, the savings can run into the thousands.
We also offer excellent customer service, dedicated currency specialists, and a 24/7 online platform with best-in-class technology that allows you to complete transfers from any device virtually anywhere in the world.
Business customers save with better currency exchange rates and proven solutions geared towards managing and mitigating foreign exchange risk. Our solutions include forward contracts, market orders, rate alert services, and much more - all backed by great technology and great people.
How do customers send funds to MTFX?
Funds can be transferred via wire transfer, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), or ACH payment services. MTFX maintains bank accounts in all major currencies with highly-rated banks. Our banking infrastructure ensures that you can transfer funds to us quickly and securely.
How long does it take MTFX to transfer funds?
Our global network of banking partners allows us to get funds to virtually anywhere in the world quickly and efficiently. Most wire transfers from MTFX will be received by your beneficiary within 24-48 hours. MTFX also offers same-day transfers that are almost instantaneous, as well as low-cost in-country payment services for your less urgent transfers. For further information please speak to one of our currency specialists.
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