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Whether you’re receiving or making an international money transfer, we’ve got the solution to meet your needs.

 

 

 

Some of the benefits

Seamless process

Make and receive international money transfers anytime, anywhere on the App or Internet Banking

Support

We’ll help you with your South African Reserve Bank reporting when receiving international payments

Transparency

View the exchange rate and transaction costs upfront on the App before you make an international money transfer

Convert currency

If you receive funds from overseas, we’ll convert the foreign currency and deposit Rand into your account
What you’ll need

Making international payments:

  • To pay a person, you need their name, surname and full physical address
  • To pay a company, you need the company name and their full physical address
  • You also need the account number or IBAN and a valid bank SWIFT code
  • Depending on the country, you may also need to know their SORT or routing code
  • Provide a reason for your payment (BOP code) based on the exchange control requirements.

Receiving international payments:

You need to provide the following account details to receive an international money transfer:

  • Account number/IBAN number: Provide your Standard Bank account number
  • Branch/SORT code: If this information is requested, please advise the sender of the universal Standard Bank Code (051001) to ensure that the branch code is not provided in the same field as your account number
  • Account type: It is recommended that you use a cheque / savings account to receive international payments
  • Standard Bank’s SWIFT address: SBZAZAJJ
Payment process

Making international payments:

  • You will need the beneficiary’s name, address and bank details followed by the reason for your payment (BOP code)
  • You will be required to provide the supporting documentation as per exchange control requirements e.g. invoice, bill of lading, etc
  • You can use your pre-booked rate, or your payment can be processed at the current exchange rate
  • The payment will be processed within 2 business days

Receiving international payments:

  • Track your incoming payments: If you’re expecting a payment, you can monitor the status of your incoming funds by providing us with your Standard Bank account number
  • Once-off incoming payment: Once Standard Bank has received the funds from the sending bank, you may be contacted for disposal instruction or you may have the funds credited to your account
  • Recurring payments: If you receive funds on a regular basis from the same person for the same reason, you can set up a Standing Settlement Instruction which will enable us to automatically process your payment without contacting you for further details
  • Foreign currency payments: If funds are received in foreign currency it will be converted into local currency at the exchange rate at the time of providing the reason for payment, or you may instruct us to use a pre-booked deal
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The South African Reserve Bank has given South African citizens an allowance to make international payments without needing to provide supporting documentation for a sub-set of Reason for Payment (BOP) codes.

This allowance is your Single Discretionary Allowance (SDA) limit or your “forex limit” and you can use it to make payments up to R1 million per calendar year (1 January - 31 December).

To make international money transfers for other reasons or in excess of your R1 million allowance, please visit your nearest Standard Bank Bureau de Change or any branch with a forex teller with your supporting documents.

To find out more about exchange control, click here.

 

Fees

Making international payments:

  • Commission fee: Standard Bank charges a commission fee which is a small percentage of the amount you send.
  • SWIFT fee: Standard Bank charges a SWIFT fee to send international payments via the SWIFT network.
  • Beneficiary bank fees: The beneficiary’s bank charges a fee to process the incoming payment. The cost of these fees varies from bank to bank and the amount is not known to Standard Bank. You can choose to pay the beneficiary bank’s fees or have the beneficiary pay for their own bank fees. If you choose to pay, your account will be debited with a separate fee once the beneficiary bank has processed the payment.

Receiving international payments:

An international payment incurs fees from the sending bank, the beneficiary bank (Standard Bank) and an intermediary bank in the event where the payment could not be sent directly to the beneficiary bank. The sender may choose one of the following options to determine how the fees are paid:

  • SHA: The sender and the beneficiary pay their own bank fees. This is the most popular option.
  • OUR: The sender will pay both the sending and beneficiary banks fees.
  • BEN: The beneficiary will pay for both the sending bank and his/her own bank fees.

Should there be any intermediary bank fees, these will be deducted off the amount sent to the beneficiary. .

See 2020 pricing guide
See 2021 pricing guide

HOW TO GET IT

Banking App

  • Download or sign into the Standard Bank mobile app
  • Click on “More”
  • Select “Explore products”
  • Select “Foreign Exchange”
  • Select “Outward International Payments” to make a payment or “Inward International Payments” to receive a payment
  • Follow the steps to complete the payment process

Internet Banking

  • Sign into or register for Internet Banking
  • Select “Transact”
  • Select “International Payment”
  • Follow the easy steps to complete the payment

Shyft Global Wallet

  • Sign into Shyft . If you are a Standard Bank client, we will use the details which already exists in our system
  • If you are a non-Standard Bank client, you need to download the app and register
  • Once you have signed in, you will need to validate your profile using your ID and latest proof of residence

Bureau de Change branches

  • Visit your nearest Bureau de Change branch if you want to make a manual international payment

Download the international payment form here.
Download the email indemnity form here

GLOSSARY

Terminology and abbreviations for international payments can be complex, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the terms to help you get a better understanding.

  • What you’ll need
  • Payment process
  • WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
  • Fees
  • HOW TO GET IT
  • GLOSSARY

Making international payments:

  • To pay a person, you need their name, surname and full physical address
  • To pay a company, you need the company name and their full physical address
  • You also need the account number or IBAN and a valid bank SWIFT code
  • Depending on the country, you may also need to know their SORT or routing code
  • Provide a reason for your payment (BOP code) based on the exchange control requirements.

Receiving international payments:

You need to provide the following account details to receive an international money transfer:

  • Account number/IBAN number: Provide your Standard Bank account number
  • Branch/SORT code: If this information is requested, please advise the sender of the universal Standard Bank Code (051001) to ensure that the branch code is not provided in the same field as your account number
  • Account type: It is recommended that you use a cheque / savings account to receive international payments
  • Standard Bank’s SWIFT address: SBZAZAJJ

Making international payments:

  • You will need the beneficiary’s name, address and bank details followed by the reason for your payment (BOP code)
  • You will be required to provide the supporting documentation as per exchange control requirements e.g. invoice, bill of lading, etc
  • You can use your pre-booked rate, or your payment can be processed at the current exchange rate
  • The payment will be processed within 2 business days

Receiving international payments:

  • Track your incoming payments: If you’re expecting a payment, you can monitor the status of your incoming funds by providing us with your Standard Bank account number
  • Once-off incoming payment: Once Standard Bank has received the funds from the sending bank, you may be contacted for disposal instruction or you may have the funds credited to your account
  • Recurring payments: If you receive funds on a regular basis from the same person for the same reason, you can set up a Standing Settlement Instruction which will enable us to automatically process your payment without contacting you for further details
  • Foreign currency payments: If funds are received in foreign currency it will be converted into local currency at the exchange rate at the time of providing the reason for payment, or you may instruct us to use a pre-booked deal

The South African Reserve Bank has given South African citizens an allowance to make international payments without needing to provide supporting documentation for a sub-set of Reason for Payment (BOP) codes.

This allowance is your Single Discretionary Allowance (SDA) limit or your “forex limit” and you can use it to make payments up to R1 million per calendar year (1 January - 31 December).

To make international money transfers for other reasons or in excess of your R1 million allowance, please visit your nearest Standard Bank Bureau de Change or any branch with a forex teller with your supporting documents.

To find out more about exchange control, click here.

 

Making international payments:

  • Commission fee: Standard Bank charges a commission fee which is a small percentage of the amount you send.
  • SWIFT fee: Standard Bank charges a SWIFT fee to send international payments via the SWIFT network.
  • Beneficiary bank fees: The beneficiary’s bank charges a fee to process the incoming payment. The cost of these fees varies from bank to bank and the amount is not known to Standard Bank. You can choose to pay the beneficiary bank’s fees or have the beneficiary pay for their own bank fees. If you choose to pay, your account will be debited with a separate fee once the beneficiary bank has processed the payment.

Receiving international payments:

An international payment incurs fees from the sending bank, the beneficiary bank (Standard Bank) and an intermediary bank in the event where the payment could not be sent directly to the beneficiary bank. The sender may choose one of the following options to determine how the fees are paid:

  • SHA: The sender and the beneficiary pay their own bank fees. This is the most popular option.
  • OUR: The sender will pay both the sending and beneficiary banks fees.
  • BEN: The beneficiary will pay for both the sending bank and his/her own bank fees.

Should there be any intermediary bank fees, these will be deducted off the amount sent to the beneficiary. .

See 2020 pricing guide
See 2021 pricing guide

Banking App

  • Download or sign into the Standard Bank mobile app
  • Click on “More”
  • Select “Explore products”
  • Select “Foreign Exchange”
  • Select “Outward International Payments” to make a payment or “Inward International Payments” to receive a payment
  • Follow the steps to complete the payment process

Internet Banking

  • Sign into or register for Internet Banking
  • Select “Transact”
  • Select “International Payment”
  • Follow the easy steps to complete the payment

Shyft Global Wallet

  • Sign into Shyft . If you are a Standard Bank client, we will use the details which already exists in our system
  • If you are a non-Standard Bank client, you need to download the app and register
  • Once you have signed in, you will need to validate your profile using your ID and latest proof of residence

Bureau de Change branches

  • Visit your nearest Bureau de Change branch if you want to make a manual international payment

Download the international payment form here.
Download the email indemnity form here

Terminology and abbreviations for international payments can be complex, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the terms to help you get a better understanding.