What You Need To Know About Sending International Wire Payments

Posted by Sonal Mistry on 3/13/20 11:24 AM

If your business deals with international manufacturers, suppliers or overseas employees, chances are you will need to send international money transfers or international wire transfers on a regular basis. It takes an estimated one to three days for an international payment to clear.

Wire Payment Transfer Times

Wire Transfers within North American usually take 1 business day
Wire Transfers internationally usually takes 1-3 business days

See specific wire cut off times for payment and settlement

Can’t afford a delay?

There are a few things you can do to ensure a delay-free transfer.

International Wire Payments

Know the country and currency

Every country has its own official currency and each beneficiary bank account has a base currency. When sending an international payment, the funds should be exchanged to the currency of the bank account you are sending it to. If you are not sure what this is, ask your beneficiary to confirm. Failing to do so, can expose your business to sky-high exchange rates and other fees.

Olympia Trust offers solutions to businesses that help you make international payments without exposing you to foreign exchange risk. Your dedicated Account Manager can watch the markets and make the payments when the dollar is in your favour.


Be aware of holidays

It’s easy to remember statutory bank holidays in Canada, but don’t forget to check holidays in the country you are sending funds to. If the foreign bank is closed on the day you send your payment, your payment will not be processed that day. 


Be accurate

Regardless of whether you are using a wire transfer or blockchain to send your payment, you will be asked for the following information. Ensure that this information is accurate. Not having accurate information can delay the process for several days or weeks!

Your Account Manager will ask for the following information about the recipient of the transfer.

 Beneficiary name – Recipient’s full name

 Beneficiaries physical address – Recipient’s address

 Bank name – Recipient’s bank name

 Banks address – Recipient’s bank address

 Account number: Recipient’s account number

 SWIFT code: Recipient’s bank’s SWIFT code. This can be found online or by contacting the bank

 Purpose of sending the funds – Economic reason for sending the funds


Watch out for wire fees

Most financial institutions charge either a flat fee ranging from $25-$80 per wire or they may charge a percentage depending on the volume of the payment. These fees are in addition to the receiving and intermediary fees that the beneficiary’s bank deducts from the payment.

At Olympia we understand that all of these fees add up, which is why we only charge a flat rate of $15* per wire.

*Fees are subject to change at any time


Looking for a low cost or free payment alternative?

Learn about our selection of payment and settlement options. Speak with one of our experts to help determine which method may be right for you.


Are you ready to make an international wire payment?

For more information or to schedule a free consultation with an Account Manager contact us!



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