What is the difference between local and international transfers?

Electronic instructions are used in both local and international transactions to transmit a secure message across a network and make funds available in the beneficiary's account. Their verification process and payment method they employ varies, which therefore has an impact on the transaction's length and cost.

For example, domestic wires in the US use the CHIPS of Fedwire systems, in the EU local payments use SEPA and in the UK local payments use CHAPS or Faster Payments. Most international wire transfers are communicated via SWIFT, a network of over 10,000 banks and financial institutions spread over 200 countries.

The best rates shouldn’t just be for big business and institutions. Freemarket aims to make international transfers less expensive and less time-consuming so that any company, regardless of size, may conduct business abroad.

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