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SWIFT

Need to transfer money overseas? Today, it is easy to walk into a bank and transfer money anywhere around the globe, but how does this happen?

 

Behind most international money and security transfers is the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) system.

SWIFT is a vast messaging network used by banks and other financial institutions to quickly, accurately, and securely send and receive information, such as money transfer instructions.

In 2019, more than 11,000 SWIFT member institutions sent approximately 33.6 million transactions per day through the network.1 In this article, we will explore what SWIFT does, how it works, and how it makes money.

"Swift Description"

What is MT 101?


Transfer request
Discount orders from a client account maintained by the recipient or another organization.




What is MT102?


Multi-customer balance transfer
Transfer multiple payment instructions between financial institutions.




What is MT102 + (STP)?


Multi-Customer Balance Transfer (STP)
Transfer multiple payment instructions between financial institutions (direct processing).




What is MT103?


Transfer one customer credit
Directs funds transfer.




What is MT 103+ (REMIT)?


Single Client Credit Transfer (REMIT)
Directs funds transfer with expanded conversion information.




What is MT 103+ (STP)?


One Customer Credit Transfer (STP)
Directs money transfer (direct processing).




What is MT104?


Direct Debit and Request for Debit Transfer Message (STP) Conveys direct debit instructions and requests for direct debits between financial institutions (Straight-Through Processing).




What is MT105 ?


EDIFACT Envelope An envelope which conveys a 2k EDIFACT message.




What is MT 106 ?


EDIFACT Envelope An envelope which conveys a 2k EDIFACT message.




what is MT 107 ?


General Direct Debit Message Conveys direct debit instructions between financial institutions.




What is MT110?


Advice of Cheque(s) Advises or confirms the issuance of a cheque to the drawee bank.




What is MT111?


Request for Stop Payment of a Cheque Requests the drawee bank to stop payment of a cheque.




What is MT 112


Status of a Request for Stop Payment of a Cheque Indicates action(s) taken in attempting to stop payment of a cheque.




What is MT 121 ?


Multiple Interbank Funds Transfer(EDIFACT FINPAY Message) Conveys multiple payment instructions between financial institutions in EDIFACT format.




What is MT 190


Advice of Charges, Interest and Other Adjustments Advises an account owner of charges, interest, and other adjustments.




what is MT 191?


Request for Payment of Charges, Interest and Other Expenses Requests payment of charges, interest, or other expenses




what is MT 192?


Request for Cancellation Requests the receiver to consider cancellation of the message identified in the request.




What is MT 195 ?


Queries Requests information relating to a previous message or amendment to a previous message.




What is MT196?


Answers Responds to an MT 195 Query or MT 192 Request for Cancellation or other message where no specific message type has been provided for a response.




What is MT 198


Proprietary Message Contains formats defined and agreed to between users and for those messages not yet live.




What is  MT 199 ?


Free Format Message Contains information for which no other message type has been defined.




What is MT 200 ?


Financial Institution Transfer for its Own Account A transfer is operationally, the sending (or movement) of funds or securities or of a right relating to funds or securities from one party to another party by (i) conveyance of physical (ii) accounting entries on the books of a financial intermediary; or (iii) accounting entries processed through securities transfer system. The act of transfer affects the legal rights of the transferor, transferee and possibly third parties in relation to the money balance, security or other financial instrument being transferred. Requests the movement of the sender's funds to its account at another financial institution.




What is MT 201?


Multiple Financial Institution Transfer for its Own Account. A transfer is operationally, the sending (or movement) of funds or securities or of a right relating to funds or securities from one party to another party by (i) conveyance of physical (ii) accounting entries on the books of a financial intermediary; or (iii) accounting entries processed through securities transfer system. The act of transfer affects the legal rights of the transferor, transferee and possibly third parties in relation to the money balance, security or other financial instrument being transferred. Multiple of the MT 200.




What is MT 202 ?


General Financial Institution Transfer A transfer is operationally, the sending (or movement) of funds or securities or of a right relating to funds or securities from one party to another party by (i) conveyance of physical (ii) accounting entries on the books of a financial intermediary; or (iii) accounting entries processed through securities transfer system. The act of transfer affects the legal rights of the transferor, transferee and possibly third parties in relation to the money balance, security or other financial instrument being transferred. Requests the movement of funds between financial institutions except if the transfer is related to an underlying customer credit transfer that was sent with the cover method, in which case the MT 202 COV must be used.




What is MT 202 COV ?


General Financial Institution Transfer A transfer is operationally, the sending (or movement) of funds or securities or of a right relating to funds or securities from one party to another party by (i) conveyance of physical (ii) accounting entries on the books of a financial intermediary; or (iii) accounting entries processed through securities transfer system. The act of transfer affects the legal rights of the transferor, transferee and possibly third parties in relation to the money balance, security or other financial instrument being transferred. Requests the movement of funds between financial institutions, related to an underlying customer credit transfer that was sent with the cover method.




What is MT 203?


Multiple General Financial Institution Transfer A transfer is operationally, the sending (or movement) of funds or securities or of a right relating to funds or securities from one party to another party by (i) conveyance of physical (ii) accounting entries on the books of a financial intermediary; or (iii) accounting entries processed through securities transfer system. The act of transfer affects the legal rights of the transferor, transferee and possibly third parties in relation to the money balance, security or other financial instrument being transferred. Multiple of the MT 202.




What is MT 204 ?


Financial Markets Direct Debit Message Claims funds from SWIFT member banks. SWIFT is the acronym for Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication. SWIFT is a cooperative organisation created and owned by banks that operates a network which facilitates the exchange of payment and other financial messages between financial institutions (including broker-dealers and securities companies) throughout the world. A SWIFT payment message is an instruction to transfer funds; the exchange of funds (settlement) subsequently takes place over a payment system or through correspondent banking relationships.




What is MT 205 ?


Financial Institution TransferExecution Further transmits a transfer request domestically except if the transfer is related to an underlying customer credit transferthat was sent with the cover method, in which case the MT 205 COV must be used. A transfer is operationally, the sending (or movement) of funds or securities or of a right relating to funds or securities from one party to another party by (i) conveyance of physical (ii) accounting entries on the books of a financial intermediary; or (iii) accounting entries processed through securities transfer system. The act of transfer affects the legal rights of the transferor, transferee and possibly third parties in relation to the money balance, security or other financial instrument being transferred.




What is MT 205 COV ?


Financial Institution Transfer ExecutionFurther transmits a transfer request domestically, related to an underlying customer credit transfer that was sent with the cover method. A transfer is operationally, the sending (or movement) of funds or securities or of a right relating to funds or securities from one party to another party by (i) conveyance of physical (ii) accounting entries on the books of a financial intermediary; or (iii) accounting entries processed through securities transfer system. The act of transfer affects the legal rights of the transferor, transferee and possibly third parties in relation to the money balance, security or other financial instrument being transferred.




What is MT 206 ?


Cheque Truncation Message. Truncation is a procedure in which the physical movement of paper payment instruments (eg paid cheques or credit transfers) within a bank, between banks or between a bank and its customer is curtailed or eliminated, being replaced, in whole or in part, by electronic records of their content for further processing and transmission.




What is MT 207 ?


Request for Financial Institution Transfer Requests to debit an ordering financial institution's account held at the receiving financial institution or the account servicing financial institution A transfer is operationally, the sending (or movement) of funds or securities or of a right relating to funds or securities from one party to another party by (i) conveyance of physical (ii) accounting entries on the books of a financial intermediary; or (iii) accounting entries processed through securities transfer system. The act of transfer affects the legal rights of the transferor, transferee and possibly third parties in relation to the money balance, security or other financial instrument being transferred.




What is MT 210?


Notice to Receive Notifies the receiver that it will receive funds for the sender's account.




What is MT 256


Advice of Non-Payment of Cheques




What is MT 290?


Advice of Charges, Interest and Other Adjustments Advises an account owner of charges, interest, and other adjustments.




What is MT 291 ?


Request for Payment of Charges, Interest and Other Expenses Requests payment of charges, interest, or other expenses.




What is MT 292 ?


Request for Cancellation Requests the receiver to consider cancellation of the message identified in the request.




What is MT 295 ?


Queries Requests information relating to a previous message or amendment to a previous message.




What is MT 296?


Answers Responds to an MT 195 Query or MT 192 Request for Cancellation or other message where no specific message type has been provided for a response.




What is MT 298 & 299 ?


MT 298 Proprietary MessageContains formats defined and agreed to between users and for those messages not yet live. MT 299 Free Format MessageContains information for which no other message type has been defined.




What is MT 300, 303, 304, 305, 306 , 307 & 308 ?


MT 300 Foreign Exchange ConfirmationConfirms information agreed to in the buying/selling of two currencies. MT 303 Forex/Currency Option Allocation InstructionInstructs the allocation of a block trade (forex or currency option) MT 304 Advice/Instruction of a Third Party DealAdvises of or instructs settlement of a third party foreign exchange deal. MT 305 Foreign Currency Option ConfirmationConfirms information agreed to in the buying and selling of vanilla options on currencies. MT 306 Foreign Currency Option ConfirmationConfirms information agreed to in the buying and selling of exotic options on currencies. MT 307 Advice/Instruction of a Third Party FX DealAdvises of or instructs settlement of a third party foreign exchange deal MT 308 Instruction for Gross/Net Settlement of Third Party FX Deals




What is MT 320, 321, 330 , 340, 341, 350 , 360 , 361 , 362 , 364 , 365 , and 380 ?


MT 320 Fixed Loan/Deposit ConfirmationConfirms the terms of a contract relative to a fixed loan/deposit transaction. MT 321 Instruction to Settle a Third Party Loan/DepositAdvises the trade details and instructs the settlement of a fixed term loan/deposit done with a third party financial institution. MT 330 Call/Notice Loan/Deposit ConfirmationConfirms the terms of a contract relative to a call/notice loan/deposit transaction. MT 340 Forward Rate Agreement ConfirmationConfirms the details of a forward rate agreement. MT 341 Forward Rate Agreement Settlement ConfirmationConfirms the settlement details of a forward rate agreement. MT 350 Advice of Loan/Deposit Interest PaymentAdvises of a loan/deposit interest payment. MT 360 Single Currency Interest Rate Derivative ConfirmationConfirms the details of a single currency interest rate derivative swap, cap, collar or floor. MT 361 Cross Currency Interest Rate Swap ConfirmationConfirms the details of a cross currency interest rate swap transaction. MT 362 Interest Rate Reset/Advice of PaymentConfirms or advises the reset rates of the floating interest rate(s) in a single or cross-currency interest rate derivative transaction and/or the payment of interest at the end of an interest period. MT 364 Single Currency Interest Rate Derivative Termination/Recouponing ConfirmationConfirms the details of the partial or full termination or recouponing of a single currency interest rate swap, cap, collar, or floor. MT 365 Single Currency Interest Rate Swap Termination/Recouponing ConfirmationConfirms the details of the partial or full termination or recouponing of a cross currency interest rate swap. MT 380 Foreign Exchange OrderAdvises the netting position of a currency.




What is MT 381, 390 , 391, 392, 395 , 396 , 398 and  399 ?


MT 381 Foreign Exchange Order ConfirmationOrders to purchase or sell a specific amount of a certain currency. MT 390 Advice of Charges, Interest and Other AdjustmentsConfirms the execution of an FX order previously sent. MT 391 Request for Payment of Charges, Interest and Other ExpensesRequests payment of charges, interest, or other expenses. MT 392 Request for CancellationRequests the receiver to consider cancellation of the message identified in the request. MT 395 QueriesRequests information relating to a previous message or amendment to a previous message. MT 396 AnswersResponds to an MT 195 Query or MT 192 Request for Cancellation or other message where no specific message type has been provided for a response. MT 398 Proprietary MessageContains formats defined and agreed to between users and for those messages not yet live. MT 399 Free Format MessageContains information for which no other message type has been defined.




What is 400, 405, 410 , 412, 416 , 420, 422, 430, 450, 455, 456 ,490 ,491 ,492, 495, 496, 498 and 499 ?


MT 400 Advice of Payment : Advises of a payment under a collection or part thereof. It also handles the settlement of proceeds. MT 405 Clean Collection. MT 410 Acknowledgment : Acknowledges receipt of a collection. It also specifies if the collecting bank does not intend to act in accordance with the collection instruction. MT 412 Advice of AcceptanceInforms the remitting bank of the acceptance of one or more drafts under one collection instruction. MT 416 Advice of Non-Payment/Non-Acceptance : Advises of the non-payment or non-acceptance under a previously received collection. MT 420 Tracer : Enquires about documents sent for collection. MT 422 Advice of Fate and Request for Instructions : Advises the remitting bank of the fate of one or more collection documents; usually accompanied by one or more questions or requests. MT 430 Amendment of InstructionsAmends collection instructions. MT 450 Cash Letter Credit AdviceConfirms that the face amount of cash letter(s) received has been credited under usual reserve (subject to final payment). MT 455 Cash Letter Credit Adjustment AdviceAdvises the account owner of adjustments made to its account (related to a previous credit for a cash letter). MT 456 Advice of DishonorAdvises the account owner that financial document(s) included in the cash letter have been dishonoured for reasons specified in the advice. MT 490 Advice of Charges, Interest and Other AdjustmentsAdvises an account owner of charges, interest, and other adjustments. MT 491 Request for Payment of Charges, Interest and Other ExpensesRequests payment of charges, interest, or other expenses. MT 492 Request for CancellationRequests the receiver to consider cancellation of the message identified in the request. MT 495 QueriesRequests information relating to a previous message or amendment to a previous message. MT 496 AnswersResponds to an MT 195 Query or MT 192 Request for Cancellation or other message where no specific message type has been provided for a response. MT 498 Proprietary MessageContains formats defined and agreed to between users and for those messages not yet live. MT 499 Free Format MessageContains information for which no other message type has been defined.




What is Mt 500, 501, 502,502 (FUNDS) 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 508, 509, 509 (FUNDS), 510?


MT 500 Instruction to RegisterInstructs the registration, deregistration or reregistration of a financial instrument at the registration provider. MT 501 Confirmation of Registration or ModificationConfirms the registration, deregistration or reregistration of a beneficial owner or shareholder with the registration provider. MT 502 Order to Buy or SellInstructs the purchase or sale of a given quantity of a specified financial instrument under specified conditions. MT 502 (FUNDS) Order to Buy or Sell (FUNDS) MT 503 Collateral ClaimRequests new or additional collateral, or the return or recall of collateral. MT 504 Collateral ProposalProposes new or additional collateral. MT 505 Collateral SubstitutionProposes or requests the substitution of collateral held. MT 506 Collateral and Exposure StatementProvides the details of the valuation of both the collateral and the exposure. MT 507 Collateral Status and Processing AdviceAdvises the status of a collateral claim, a collateral proposal, or a proposal/request for collateral substitution. MT 508 Intra-Position AdviceReports on the movement of securities within the holding. MT 509 Trade Status MessageProvides information about the status of a previously executed trade. MT 509 (FUNDS) Trade Status Message (FUNDS) MT 510 Registration Status and Processing AdviceAdvises the status of a registration instruction or modification.




What is 513, 514,515, 516, 517, 518, 519 , 524, 526 , 527, 528, 529 and 530 ?


MT 513 Client Advice of ExecutionProvides brief and early information about a securities deal, for example, a block trade that is to be allocated before final confirmation. MT 514 Trade Allocation InstructionInstructs the allocation of a block trade. MT 515 Client Confirmation of Purchase or SaleProvides a detailed accounting of financial instruments purchased or sold by the sender on behalf of the receiver or its client. It may also convey the payment details of the purchase or sale. It may also be sent by, or via an ETC service provider. MT 515 (FUNDS) Client Confirmation of Purchase or Sale (FUNDS) MT 516 Securities Loan ConfirmationConfirms the details of a securities loan, including collateral arrangements. It may also confirm the details of a partial recallor return of securities previously out on loan. MT 517 Trade Confirmation AffirmationPositively affirms the details of a previously received confirmation/contract note. MT 518 Market-Side Securities Trade ConfirmationConfirms the details of a trade and, where necessary, its settlement to a trading counterparty. MT 519 Modification of Client DetailsInstructs the modification of client details at the registration provider. MT 524 Intra-Position InstructionInstructs the movement of securities within the holding. MT 526 General Securities Lending/Borrowing MessageRequests the borrowing of securities or notifies the return or recall of securities previously out on loan. It may also be used to list securities available for lending. MT 527 Triparty Collateral InstructionPerforms a specific action on a collateral management transaction. MT 528 ETC Client-Side SettlementInstruction. MT 529 ETC Market-Side SettlementInstruction. MT 530 Transaction Processing CommandRequests the modification of a processing indicator or other non-matching information.




What is MT 535, 535 (FUNDS), 536 , 537, 538, 540, 541, 542, 543, 544, 545, 546, 547, 548, 549 and 558 ?


MT 535 Statement of HoldingsReports at a specified time, the quantity and identification of securities and other holdings which the account servicer holds for the account owner. MT 535 (FUNDS) Statement of Holdings (FUNDS). MT 536 Statement of TransactionsProvides details of increases and decreases of holdings which occurred during a specified period. MT 537 Statement of Pending TransactionsProvides details of pending increases and decreases of holdings at a specified time. MT 538 Statement of Intra-Position AdviceProvides details of increases and decreases in securities within the holding during a specified period. MT 540 Receive FreeInstructs a receipt of financial instruments free of payment. It may also be used to request a cancellation or pre-advise an instruction. MT 541 Receive Against PaymentInstructs a receipt of financial instruments against payment. It may also be used to request a cancellation or pre-advise an instruction. MT 542 Deliver FreeInstructs a delivery of financial instruments free of payment. It may also be used to request a cancellation or pre-advise an instruction. MT 543 Deliver Against PaymentInstructs a delivery of financial instruments against payment. It may also be used to request a cancellation or pre-advise an instruction. MT 544 Receive Free ConfirmationConfirms a receipt of financial instruments free of payment. It may also be used to cancel or reverse a confirmation. MT 545 Receive Against Payment ConfirmationConfirms a receipt of financial instruments against payment. It may also be used to cancel or reverse a confirmation. MT 546 Deliver Free ConfirmationConfirms a delivery of financial instruments free of payment. It may also be used to cancel or reverse a confirmation. MT 547 Deliver Against Payment ConfirmationConfirms a delivery of financial instruments against payment. It may also be used to cancel or reverse a confirmation. MT 548 Settlement Status and Processing AdviceAdvises the status of a settlement instruction or replies to a cancellation request. MT 549 Request for Statement/Status AdviceRequests a statement or a status message. MT 558 Triparty Collateral Status and Processing AdviceProvides validation results and status advice recollateral instructions and proposed collateral movements.




What is MT 559, 564, 565, 566, 567, 568, 569, 574, 575 , 576, 577, 578, 579, 581, 582, 584, 586, 587, 588 589 and 590?


MT 559 Paying Agent’s ClaimClaims reimbursement of income or redemption proceeds, or a combination of both. MT 564 Corporate Action NotificationProvides an account owner with details of a corporate action event and the choices available to the account owner. It also provides the account owner with details on the impact a corporate action event will have on a safekeeping or cash account, for example, entitlement calculation. MT 565 Corporate Action InstructionInstructs the custodian on the investment decision made by an account owner relative to a corporate action event. MT 566 Corporate Action ConfirmationConfirms to the account owner that securities and/or cash have been credited/debited to an account as a result of a corporate action event. MT 567 Corporate Action Status and Processing AdviceIndicates the status, or a change in status, of a corporate action-related transaction previously instructed by, or executed on behalf of, the account owner. MT 568 Corporate Action NarrativeProvides complex instructions or narrative details relating to a corporate action event. MT 569 Triparty Collateral and Exposure StatementProvides the details of the valuation of both the collateral and the exposure. MT 574 (IRSLST) IRS 1441 NRA (Beneficial Owners’ List) MT 574 (W8BENO) IRS 1441 NRA (Beneficial Owner Withholding Statement) MT 575 Report of Combined ActivityReports on all securities and cash activity for a given combination of safekeeping and cash accounts. MT 576 Statement of Open OrdersProvides details of orders to buy or to sell financial instruments, as at a specified date, which have been accepted by the sender, but which have not yet been executed. MT 577 Statement of NumbersProvides certificate numbers of securities MT 578 Statement of AllegementAdvises the account owner that a counterparty has alleged a settlement instruction on the account owner's account. MT 579 Certificate NumbersReplaces or supplements the 'certificate numbers' field in a primary message, for example, MT 577 MT 581 Collateral Adjustment MessageClaims or notifies a change in the amount of collateral held against securities out on loan or for other reasons. MT 582 Reimbursement Claim or Advice MT 584 Statement of ETC Pending Trades MT 586 Statement of SettlementAllegementsProvides details of pending settlement allegements. MT 587 Depositary Receipt Instruction MT 588 Depositary Receipt Confirmation MT 589 Depositary Receipt Status and Processing Advice MT 590 Advice of Charges, Interest and Other AdjustmentsAdvises an account owner of charges, interest, and other adjustments.




What is MT 591, 592, 595, 596, 598 and 599 ?


MT 591 Request for Payment of Charges, Interest and Other ExpensesRequests payment of charges, interest, or other expenses. MT 592 Request for CancellationRequests the receiver to consider cancellation of the message identified in the request. MT 595 QueriesRequests information relating to a previous message or amendment to a previous message. MT 596 AnswersResponds to an MT 195 Query or MT 192 Request for Cancellation or other message where no specific message type has been provided for a response. MT 598 Proprietary MessageContains formats defined and agreed to between users and for those messages not yet live. MT 599 Free Format MessageContains information for which no other message type has been defined.




What is MT 600, 601, 604 , 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 620, 643,644,645,646,649 and670 ?


MT 600 Precious Metal Trade ConfirmationConfirms the details of a commodity trade and its settlement. MT 601 Precious Metal Option ConfirmationConfirms the details of a commodity option contract. MT 604 Precious Metal Transfer/Delivery OrderInstructs the receiver to transfer by book-entry, or physically deliver, a specified type and quantity of commodity to a specified party. MT 605 Precious Metal Notice to ReceiveNotifies the receiver of an impending book-entry transfer or physical delivery of a specified type and quantity of commodity. MT 606 Precious Metal Debit AdviceAdvises the receiver of a debit entry to a specified commodity account. MT 607 Precious Metal Credit AdviceAdvises the receiver of a credit entry to a specified commodity account. MT 608 Statement of a Metal AccountProvides the details of all bookings to a commodity account. MT 609 Statement of Metal ContractsIdentifies all outstanding commodity contracts, as at a specified date for which confirmations have been exchanged MT 620 Metal Fixed Loan/Deposit ConfirmationConfirms a commodity fixed term loan/deposit contract. MT 643 Notice of Drawdown/RenewalProvides notice of the Borrower(s) request for drawdown(s)/renewal(s) on a given date. MT 644 Advice of Rate and Amount FixingSpecifies the interest rate and, if applicable, the exchange rate, for the next interest period MT 645 Notice of Fee Due MT 646 Payment of Principal and/or InterestAdvises of payments and/or prepayments of principal and/or of interest with the same value date, but not related to any subsequent drawing or renewal MT 649 General Syndicated Facility MessageAdvises of payments and/or prepayments of principal and/or of interest with the same value date, but not related to any subsequent drawing or renewal MT 670 Standing Settlement Instruction Update NotificationRequests SWIFT to create the MT 671 from the MT 670 and send to financial institutions.




What is MT 671, 690, 691, 692, 695, 696, 698 and 699 ?


MT 671Standing Settlement Instruction Update Notification RequestSpecifies standing settlement instructions for one or more currencies. MT 690 Advice of Charges, Interest and Other AdjustmentsAdvises an account owner of charges, interest, and other adjustments. MT 691 Request for Payment of Charges, Interest and Other ExpensesRequests payment of charges, interest, or other expenses. MT 692 Request for CancellationRequests the receiver to consider cancellation of the message identified in the request. MT 695 QueriesRequests information relating to a previous message or amendment to a previous message. MT 696 AnswersResponds to an MT 195 Query or MT 192 Request for Cancellation or other message where no specific message type has been provided for a response. MT 698 Proprietary MessageContains formats defined and agreed to between users and for those messages not yet live. MT 699 Free Format MessageContains information for which no other message type has been defined.




What is MT 700, 701, 705, 707, 710, 711,720, 721 , 730, 734 , 740 , 742 ,747 and 750 ?


MT 700 Issue of a Documentary CreditIndicates the terms and conditions of a documentary credit. MT 701 Issue of a Documentary CreditContinuation of an MT 700 for fields 45a, 46a, and 47a. MT 705 Pre-Advice of a Documentary CreditProvides brief advice of a documentary credit for which full details will follow. MT 707 Amendment to a Documentary CreditInforms the receiver of amendments to the terms and conditions of a documentary credit. MT 710 Advice of a Third Bank’s Documentary CreditAdvises the receiver of the terms and conditions of a documentary credit. MT 711 Advice of a Third Bank’s Documentary CreditContinuation of an MT 710 for fields 45a, 46a, and 47a. MT 720 Transfer of a Documentary CreditAdvises the transfer of a documentary credit, or part thereof, to the bank advising the second beneficiary. MT 721 Transfer of a Documentary CreditContinuation of an MT 720 for fields 45a, 46a, and 47a. MT 730 AcknowledgmentAcknowledges the receipt of a documentary credit message and may indicate that the message has been forwarded according to instructions. It may also be used to account for bank charges or to advise of acceptance or rejection of an amendment of a documentary credit. MT 732 Advice of DischargeAdvises that documents received with discrepancies have been taken up. MT 734 Advice of RefusalAdvises the refusal of documents that are not in accordance with the terms and conditions of a documentary credit. MT 740 Authorization to ReimburseRequests the receiver to honour claims for reimbursement of payment(s) or negotiation(s) under a documentary credit. MT 742 Reimbursement ClaimProvides a reimbursement claim to the bank authorised to reimburse the sender or its branch for its payments/ negotiations. MT 747 Amendment to an Authorization to ReimburseInforms the reimbursing bank of amendments to the terms and conditions of a documentary credit, relative to the authorisation to reimburse. MT 750 Advice of DiscrepancyAdvises of discrepancies and requests authorisation to honour documents presented that are not in accordance with the terms and conditions of the documentary credit.




What is MT 752, 754,756,760 , 767, 768 , 769, 790,791, 792,795, 796 , 798 and 799 ?


MT 752 Authorization to Pay, Accept or NegotiateAdvises a bank which has requested authorisation to pay, accept, negotiate, or incur a deferred payment undertaking that the presentation of the documents may be honoured, notwithstanding the discrepancies, provided they are otherwise in order. MT 754 Advice of Payment/Acceptance/NegotiationAdvises that documents have been presented in accordance with the terms of a documentary credit and are being forwarded as instructed. This message type also handles the payment/ negotiation. MT 756 Advice of Reimbursement or PaymentAdvises of the reimbursement or payment for a drawing under a documentary credit in which no specific reimbursement instructions or payment provisions were given. MT 760 GuaranteeIssues or requests the issue of a guarantee. MT 767 Guarantee AmendmentAmends a guarantee which has been previously issued or requests the amendment of a guarantee which the sender has previously requested to be issued. MT 768 Acknowledgment of a Guarantee MessageAcknowledges the receipt of a guarantee message and may indicate that action has been taken according to instructions. MT 769 Advice of Reduction or ReleaseAdvises that a bank has been released of its liability for a specified amount under its guarantee. MT 790 Advice of Charges, Interest and Other AdjustmentsAdvises an account owner of charges, interest, and other adjustments. MT 791 Request for Payment of Charges, Interest and Other ExpensesRequests payment of charges, interest, or other expenses. MT 792 Request for CancellationRequests the receiver to consider cancellation of the message identified in the request. MT 795 QueriesRequests information relating to a previous message or amendment to a previous message. MT 796 AnswersResponds to an MT 195 Query or MT 192 Request for Cancellation or other message where no specific message type has been provided for a response. MT 798 Proprietary MessageContains formats defined and agreed to between users and for those messages not yet live. MT 799 Free Format MessageContains information for which no other message type has been defined.




What is MT 800, 801, 802, 810, 812, 813, 821, 822, 823, 824,890, 891, 892, 895 , 896 , 898 and 899 ?


MT 800 T/C Sales and Settlement Advice [Single]Provides the sale and settlement details for the sale of travellers cheques by a single selling agent. MT 801 T/C Multiple Sales AdviceProvides the details (excluding the settlement details) of the sales of travellers cheques in cases where the data is lengthy or includes data from several selling agents. MT 802 T/C Settlement AdviceProvides the settlement details of multiple sales of travellers cheques. MT 810 T/C Refund Request MT 812 T/C Refund Authorization MT 813 T/C Refund Confirmation MT 820 Request for T/C Stock MT 821 T/C Inventory Addition MT 822 Trust Receipt Acknowledgment MT 823 T/C Inventory Transfer MT 824 T/C Inventory Destruction/Cancellation NoticeNotifies the issuer of the destruction/cancellation of travellers cheque inventory held by the selling agent. It may also request a selling agent to destroy/cancel travellers cheque inventory. MT 890 Advice of Charges, Interest and Other AdjustmentsAdvises an account owner of charges, interest, and other adjustments. MT 891 Request for Payment of Charges, Interest and Other ExpensesRequests payment of charges, interest, or other expenses. MT 892 Request for CancellationRequests the receiver to consider cancellation of the message identified in the request. MT 895 QueriesRequests information relating to a previous message or amendment to a previous message. MT 896 AnswersResponds to an MT 195 Query or MT 192 Request for Cancellation or other message where no specific message type has been provided for a response. MT 898 Proprietary MessageContains formats defined and agreed to between users and for those messages not yet live. MT 899 Free Format MessageContains information for which no other message type has been defined.




What is MT 900, 910, 920, 935,940,941,942, 950, 970,971,972,973,985,986,990, 991,992,995,996,998 and 999?


MT 900 Confirmation of DebitAdvises an account owner of a debit to its account. MT 910 Confirmation of CreditAdvises an account owner of a credit to its account. MT 920 Request MessageRequests the account servicing institution to send an MT 940, 941, 942, or 950. MT 935 Rate Change AdviceAdvises the receiver of general rate change(s) and/or rate change(s) which applies to a specific account other than a call/notice loan/deposit account. MT 940 Customer Statement MessageProvides balance and transaction details of an account to a financial institution on behalf of the account owner. MT 941 Balance ReportProvides balance information of an account to a financial institution on behalf of the account owner. MT 942 Interim Transaction ReportProvides balance and transaction details of an account, for a specified period of time, to a financial institution on behalf of the account owner. MT 950 Statement MessageProvides balance and transaction details of an account to the account owner. MT 970 Netting StatementProvides balance and transaction details of a netting position as recorded by a netting system. MT 971 Netting Balance ReportProvides balance information for specified netting position(s). MT 972 Netting Interim StatementAdvises interim balance and transaction details of a netting position as recorded by a netting system. MT 973 Netting Request MessageRequests an MT 971 or 972 containing the latest available information. MT 985 Status InquiryRequests an MT 986. MT 986 Status ReportProvides business-related information about a customer or institution. MT 990 Advice of Charges, Interest and Other AdjustmentsAdvises an account owner of charges, interest, and other adjustments to its account. MT 991 Request for Payment of Charges, Interest and Other ExpensesRequests payment of charges, interest, or other expenses. MT 992 Request for CancellationRequests the receiver to consider cancellation of the message identified in the request. MT 995 QueriesRequests information relating to a previous message or amendment to a previous message. MT 996 AnswersResponds to an MT 195 Query or MT 192 Request for Cancellation or other message where no specific message type has been provided for a response. MT 998 Proprietary MessageContains formats defined and agreed to between users and for those messages not yet live. MT 999 Free Format MessageContains information for which no other message type has been defined.




What is MT 008,009,010,011,012,015, 019,020,021,022,023,028,029,031,032,036 and 037 ?


MT 008System Request to QuitSystem Request to Quit MT 009System Request to LogoutSystem Request to Logout MT 010Non-Delivery WarningNon-Delivery Warning MT 011Delivery NotificationDelivery Notification MT 012Sender NotificationSender Notification MT 015Delayed NAKDelayed NAK MT 019Abort NotificationAbort Notification MT 020Retrieval Request (Text and History)Retrieval Request (Text and History) MT 021Retrieved Message (Text and History)Retrieved Message (Text and History) MT 022Retrieval Request (History)Retrieval Request (History) MT 023Retrieved Message (History)Retrieved Message (History) MT 028FIN Copy Message Status RequestFIN Copy Message Status Request MT 029FIN Copy Message Status ReportFIN Copy Message Status Report MT 031Session History RequestSession History Request MT 032Delivery Subset Status RequestDelivery Subset Status Request MT 035Delivery Instruction RequestDelivery Instruction Request MT 036LT History RequestLT History Request MT 037Time Zone Status RequestTime Zone Status Request





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SWIFT payments are a method of making an international money transfer sent by the SWIFT international payment network. It stands for Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, and is the largest financial messaging systems in world. A SWIFT code (swift number)  is an international bank code that identifies banks all over the world and is also known as a Bank Identifier Code (BIC).

BIC stands for Bank Identifier Code and are used when transferring money between bank account to bank account. A BIC Code (BIC number) is a unique address that identifies financial institutions involved in cross-border payments. A SWIFT/BIC Code consists of eight to eleven characters (numbers and letters) which comprise the first three or all four of the following:
 

Bank Code
 

Country Code
 

Location Code
 

Branch Code
 

For example, the BIC code of ABN AMRO CAPITAL USA LLC is: FTSBUS33

Also known as SWIFT-BIC, SWIFT ID or SWIFT code. BICs are allocated and managed by the SWIFT payment network.

When making a SWIFT transfer for the purpose of international money transfers, your bank is likely to charge a fee. Also note that when SWIFT money transfers are in transit, you may incur handling fees from corresponding banks. Get in touch with our in-house foreign exchange experts for more information.

List of all SWIFT Messages Types

This page contains the list of all SWIFT messages types for all the categories including the category 0.Use the feature above the table to find specific information. You can input “MT 0” (type in the quotation marks too) if you are looking for all MT 0xx messages. Or you can input MT 110 to find information about that message specifically.

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SWIFT "GPI"

Banks around the world are mobilising to create a fast and frictionless cross-border payment experience.

By embracing SWIFT gpi – the new standard in global payments – banks are now sending and receiving funds quickly and securely to anyone, anywhere in the world, with full transparency over where a payment is at any given moment.

SWIFT gpi dramatically improves cross-border payments across the correspondent banking network, and not least for corporates for whom speed, certainty and a smooth international payments experience is an absolute must.

Banks, corporates and market infrastructures around the world are leading the way in making gpi the new norm, so don’t be left behind.

The new standard for

cross-border payments

Transform your customers’ cross-border payment experience by delivering truly fast payments that are fully trackable from end to end.

SWIFT gpi is based on existing messaging standards and bank payment processing systems, making it quick and cost-effective to adapt to the new norm.

Through gpi, banks enhance their relevance within the fast-evolving international payments ecosystem by delivering immediate value to end customers. Additionally, gpi increases efficiencies for bank payment operational teams while reducing overall cost.

Built as a suite of cloud-based tools, SWIFT gpi allows you to track payments, monitor adherence to SLAs, and consult information related to your gpi member bank counterparties all in one place. It’s that easy.

 

Delivering added-value

With more than 100 billion USD in messages being sent every day, SWIFT gpi is enabling payments to be credited to end beneficiaries within minutes and even seconds.

SWIFT gpi has a range of features that deliver added-value to both your bank and your customers. 

 

The gpi Tracker

In today’s world, customers expect greater transparency. When they send a payment, they want to know what is happening with it and when it has been received. Until now, this has not been possible in cross-border payments as each bank has only been able to guarantee and share information on its own leg of the payment.

SWIFT gpi now enables banks to provide end-to-end payments tracking to their customers. The SWIFT Tracker – ‘in the cloud’ and securely hosted at SWIFT –  gives end-to-end visibility on the status of a payment transaction from the moment it is sent right up to when it is confirmed.

SWIFT gpi banks are able to log in to the Tracker to instantly check the status of the payments sent, in progress and received. They can even improve their liquidity management by having visibility on initiated payments already on their way.

The Tracker can be updated by FIN message or via API. It can be accessed via a graphic user interface (GUI) and also via API calls to allow the service to be embedded in other back-office systems.

 

The gpi Observer Insights

SWIFT’s Business Intelligence gpi Observer Insights monitors your adherence to the gpi rulebook – the ‘business rules’.

Gpi banks can quickly pinpoint areas for improvement and work collaboratively towards better implementation of SLAs.

Also, with Observer Insights, all gpi banks have a global view of other gpi banks’ adherence to these SLAs.

Through these business insights, it is easier to have fact-based discussions with your correspondents, to select new payment routings and explore opportunities to develop new ones. 

Leverage SWIFT expertise for a smooth implementation

SWIFT gpi – the new standard in global payments – substantially increases the speed and ease of execution of cross-border transactions for banks, corporates and market infrastructures. Sending and receiving funds becomes faster and more secure, with full transparency of the payment status across the correspondent network. 

Now is the time to join gpi and our SWIFT Professional Services experts will help you through the process.

The digital transformation of cross-border payments

In today’s hyper-connected global economy, your corporate customers need a quick and reliable way to send and receive payments internationally.

They need to be able to track a payment’s status end to end in real time, see all the costs involved, and be able to easily perform reconciliations.

With SWIFT gpi, the global banking community together with SWIFT have put in place a new standard for handling cross-border payments.

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Since 2017, SWIFT gpi ensures international payments meet the industry’s needs for speed and transparency. It allows banks to provide their corporate customers with an all-around improved payments experience enabled through easy to use and simple to set up digital tools.

We take a holistic approach to building the future of cross-border payments and work closely with banks, corporates, fintech and others to develop new features and services that continually improve the payments experience. And as security and compliance are firmly embedded in our DNA, the network is strengthened through our Customer Security Programme and Financial Crime Compliance services.

Together we are protecting, shaping and enhancing our financial future.

A Partner you can trust

You can trust SWIFT gpi to help you meet your needs for:

  • Speed – Your payment is credited same-day, usually in just minutes or seconds

  • Traceability – You can track your payment end-to-end in real time, like a parcel

  • Transparency – You can see all bank fees and FX rates

  • Certainty – You can be sure the remittance data remains unaltered

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Towards global payment interoperability

Payment market infrastructures (PMIs) have a critical role to play in facilitating the end-to-end tracking of cross-border payments. As soon as an international payment reaches a domestic or regional market, PMIs typically come in the picture for local clearing and settlement.

More than 55 PMIs are already delivering value for their members by exchanging gpi payments and enabling domestic exchange and tracking.

SWIFT continues to work with this community to ensure compatibility with the gpi payment specifications and to ultimately achieve global interoperability between domestic and cross-border payments services.

Deliver value for your community

By ensuring compatibility with SWIFT gpi payments, you can make sure your community can access the benefits of SWIFT gpi and deliver a transformed cross-border experience to their customers.

Supporting gpi payments also allows you to deliver real value to members of your community that have already joined SWIFT gpi.

 

You can facilitate the seamless transmission of gpi payments between the cross-border and domestic markets – extending the benefits of gpi right up until the local beneficiary bank – as well as enabling gpi payments to be sent through multiple channels.

Fast, transparent and trackable payments

In a world of interconnected global commerce, paying for goods and services across borders has become standard practice. For businesses, it is key that international trade be as frictionless as possible. 

That’s why corporates are insisting their banks provide a faster, simpler, and more transparent cross-border payments experience, making them as seamless as domestic payments. 

Through SWIFT gpi, banks and financial institutions are now able to deliver this.

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Fast, traceable and transparent cross-border payments

 

As a corporation, we understand your reliance on efficient cross-border payments processing – with speed, certainty and fee transparency all key elements to running effective treasury and cash management processes.

Today, SWIFT gpi has transformed the cross-border payments experience for corporations, enabling you to reduce payment investigations, improve supplier relationships, speed up invoice reconciliation and ultimately achieve greater capital efficiencies.

The service is now live with over 100 billion USD sent every day via gpi – so you can already benefit from the service through live gpi member banks. SWIFT gpi already accounts for over 30% of total SWIFT end-to-end cross-border payments and will be the standard for all such payments by the end of 2020. 

Track your cross-border payments in real-time

SWIFT gpi transforms your ability to track and trace your cross-border payments. Via your bank, the gpi Tracker allows you to track the status of your cross-border payments in real-time, like a parcel.

Armed with an end-to-end view on your outgoing payments, you can dramatically reduce your bank payment enquiries and be certain that your end-customers have been credited. And, thanks to the payment traceability offered by the gpi Tracker, you can also improve your cash forecasting and optimise your liquidity.

Enabling treasury efficiencies

As a corporate treasurer, once you have sent cross-border payment instructions to your bank, you typically have no sight on what actually happens with that demand or the final amount credited to the beneficiary. This can lead to problems with suppliers or end-customers and increase financial risks resulting from payment delays.

Today, SWIFT gpi has transformed treasurers’ cross-border payments experience, by:

  • Enabling end beneficiaries to be credited in minutes

  • Allowing payments to be tracked from start to finish, like a parcel

  • Offering transparency on bank fees & FX rates;

  • Ensuring remittance data remains unaltered

With SWIFT gpi your cross-border payments processing will become much more efficient, shortening your supply cycles, speeding up your critical payments to minutes and reducing your exposure to FX risks. For the first time you will have a real-time, end-to-end, view on your cross-border payments flows, allowing to improve also your cash forecasting and optimize your liquidity. And gpi enables your banks to send you a confirmation notice when the money reaches your recipient’s account – providing certainty that the beneficiary has been credited.

FAST

SWIFT gpi lets you make high-speed cross-border payments in minutes or seconds. 

Nearly 50% of gpi payments are credited to end beneficiaries within 30 minutes, 40% in under 5 minutes, and almost 100% of gpi payments are credited within 24 hours.

This brings immediate benefits to global trade – corporates can take advantage of easier cash flow management and more predictable budgeting, spending, and investing. 

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TRACKABLE

We are used to tracking everything from a parcel to a pizza in real time, so why not a payment?

Bank customers want to know when a payment is sent, where it is, and when it reaches the end recipient. 

With gpi, banks can track their payment flows end-to-end and in real time.

This provides maximum visibility on ongoing cross-border transactions. And when problems occur or customers have a question, banks can intervene faster to resolve any issues or enquires in a timely and efficient way. 

TRANSPARENT

Transparency on fees and processing times is a vital requirement for any business that relies on making or receiving international payments. A lack of visibility on costs leads to uncertainty for corporates making payments and time spent trying to reconcile unclear debits.

Through gpi, banks can provide their customers with full visibility on processing fees, exchange rate costs and processing times, meaning all parties can manage their finances and relationships accordingly – and make better decisions faster.

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COMPLETE

Data integrity is central to meeting customer needs in international payments. Without reliable and consistent remittance data, it can be difficult to keep track of payments or reconcile invoices and final settlement can be delayed.

With SWIFT gpi, the remittance data that corporates send with their payments is guaranteed to be unaltered when it arrives with the end beneficiary. Beneficiaries can then easily reconcile gpi payments against invoices, speeding up their supply cycles. 

SECURE

Sending international payments presents various challenges, including variations in national banking rules and systems, import and export restrictions, foreign exchange controls, and regulatory compliance.

 

SWIFT’s compliance and security controls mean your payments business can stand up to the rapidly evolving nature of digital threats and regulatory reforms, whilst maintaining the high level of speed that customers have come to expect.

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