Time is money. Save both with OFX
See how OFX can automate all of your overseas small business transfers and cut costs.
From sending to tracking to delivering…
We can make your overseas money transfers straightforward, stress-free and cost-effective
Set up an account in minutes and start transferring right away. And when you need help, support is available 24/7.
Take advantage of our global network of financial institutions and extensive list of currencies to support your next venture.
Low fees, low margins, no surprises. And with foreign exchange rates that are constantly updated, you’ll always know the exact amount that you’ve locked in.
*Occasionally, third-party banks may deduct a fee from your transfer before paying your recipient. This fee may vary and OFX receives no portion of it.
How it works
1. Create an account
Our account opening process is fast and simple. Just fill in a few details and an OFX team member will call you to complete setup.
2. Send us your funds
Enter your recipient’s bank account details and book your transfer. Send us your funds through a bank transfer or BPay.
3. Funds delivered
Once we’ve received the funds, we’ll securely deliver them to your recipient. Most transfers take 1-2 business days. Track them online or in app.
Streamline international operations
Paying overseas suppliers
Get money to your overseas suppliers quickly and securely. Our global network is designed to expedite payments.
Paying overseas staff
Simplify your payments to overseas staff with the ability to pay up to 500 employees with one click, superior exchange rates and 24/7 customer support.
Mitigating currency fluctuation
We can help protect you against exchange rate movements with a variety of transfer choices, including Forward Contracts and Limit Orders.
Discover the OFX difference
When you’re trying to find the cheapest way to send money overseas, there are three prices you should be aware of:
The fee to send the money. Sending money overseas with your bank will often incur a hefty fee of up to $35 just to make the transaction. Using an online money transfer service is usually substantially cheaper, if not free.
The margin taken by the money transfer provider. Shopping around for the best currency exchange rate can save you hundreds and even thousands on sizeable transfers. Banks often charge a margin of up to 5% above the daily interbank exchange rate. So when your bank tells you that you’ll spend .77 GBP for every $1 (USD), a simple Google search may reveal that the real daily exchange rate is closer to .72. That means that on a £10,000 transfer to the U.S., you may lose around £400 by using your bank. Using OFX instead gives you access to consistently competitive exchange rates, and it may be your cheapest way to send money overseas.
The fee to receive the payment. Some banks may charge your recipient a fee to receive money from overseas. At OFX, we do our best to minimise these fees by sending your money using our global network of 115 local bank accounts. See, banks often don’t charge such fees for local transfers, so whenever possible, OFX uses our local account to make your transfer. It works like this: you pay into our local account in your home country, and we pay out from our local account in your recipient’s country, so your recipient doesn’t have to pay receiving fees. Unfortunately, these fees vary from bank to bank, and they also depend on what kind of account your recipient has, which is why we can’t guarantee that you won’t pay a receiving fee when you make a transfer with us. But at least you do know that we’re doing our best to deliver value for our customers.
When evaluating the cheapest way to send money overseas, there are additional factors to consider beyond fees and exchange rates:
Is the exchange rate guaranteed? Some peer-to-peer money transfer providers do not allow you to lock in a rate before you book your transfer, and you could have to wait 1-6 days for a buyer on the other side. If the currency exchange rate fluctuates dramatically, you could potentially lose big. Even a 1-2% movement in the exchange rate could mean a difference of hundreds of dollars depending on the size of your transfer. When you book a transfer with OFX, your rate is locked-in, so you always know how much your recipient will receive.
Is the service convenient, clear and accessible? Depending on how often you need to transfer money overseas, customer service and automated transfers can be very important. You may want to choose a provider who lets you track your transfer, so you always know where your money is. With OFX, you can lock in an exchange rate for up to a year, so you can protect yourself from currency swings. You can also use our app to follow your money every step of the way, and you’ll always have 24/7 access to our customer service team. When the banks are closed, OFX is open, so you can book a transfer on your schedule–not your bank’s.
Be careful whom you send money to. According to the FCA website, “Do not respond to an individual asking for help to place large sums of money in an overseas bank account.” At OFX, all our employees are trained to look out for unusual activity, and we may say ‘no’ to certain transfers that look very suspicious, but we always encourage our customers to think twice before sending money overseas if the recipient is someone you’ve never met in person. If you’d like to know more about our fraud prevention, you can read about common frauds or learn how OFX helps keep you secure.
Our customers say it best:
“First class service. I would advise anyone wanting to transfer funds abroad to use OFX. ”
–David Dyson, Trustpilot Review, 2.9.16
Anyone who’s travelled internationally and used a credit card to buy something knows about those pesky foreign transaction fees that are applied to every purchase.
An international transaction fee is charged to you, the consumer, by your credit card company whenever you buy something in a foreign currency. And while most of these charges are applied to travellers, they can also be added to your credit card bill when you make a purchase online from a foreign vendor.
In other words, anytime a credit card is used to make a purchase and the transaction needs to be processed into the local currency of the seller, you’ll incur a foreign transaction fee.
How much should you expect to pay in fees?
The average international transaction fee will be around 3% for purchases made in US dollars. 1% of that fee may go to the payment processor, whether it’s Visa or MasterCard, and the other 2% might go to the bank that issued your credit card, such as Chase or Bank of America.
You might be thinking that 3% doesn’t sound too bad, but these fees can quickly add up if you’re making a lot of small purchases or you’re making large purchases. For example, if you spend $100 and your fee is 3%, you’ll spend an extra $3, but if you spend $1,000, you’ll be paying an extra $30 in fees.
On top of that, most credit cards charge a 3-5% margin on the daily interbank or market exchange rate for the day. For many cards, this rate is at their sole discretion, and you may not know how big that margin is in advance.1 When combined with the fees, you could be paying at least a 6% premium on your purchase by using your credit card. Ouch.
A few ways to avoid international transaction fees
There are some ways that you can avoid costly international transaction fees:
Check your credit cards’ terms and conditions. You might have a card that doesn’t charge these fees. Use that card whenever you’re planning on purchasing products from abroad, as well as when you travel.
If you don’t have a card that doesn’t charge a fee but you make a lot of international purchases, it would be wise to apply for credit cards that don’t charge these fees.
Avoid high international transaction fees by using OFX to send money rather than using your credit card. Whether booking a hotel or purchasing a luxury item, ask your vendor if they accept payment direct to their bank account. If they do, you can use OFX to dramatically reduce your international transaction fees and exchange rate margins. Plus, you can make transfers 24/7–on your own schedule, not your bank’s.
International transaction fees can make shopping more expensive than it has to be, but if you know your way, you can outsmart your bank and save yourself a lot of money.
P.S. If you’d like to know more about OFX’s award-winning security and fraud prevention methods, check out our security page.
Lots. With 115 bank accounts in our global network and 50+ currencies (and counting) to make a transfer with, chances are you can OFX it.
Along with all the major global currencies, we have a wide range of exotic currencies to choose from. Simply select your currencies to transfer with in our currency converter and we’ll tell if you can make a transfer and how long it should take.
Below is a full list of our supported currencies.
|AED||United Arab Emirates Dirham|
|HKD||Hong Kong Dollar|
|NZD||New Zealand Dollar|
|ZAR||South African Rand|
|CNY*||Chinese Yuan Renminbi|
|KRW||South Korean Won|
|LKR||Sri Lankan Rupee|
|PEN||Peruvian Nuevo Sol|
|PGK||Papua New Guinea Kina|
|SBD||Solomon Island Dollar|
|TOP||Tongan Pa anga|
*Business customers only
The short answer: it depends on who sends your money. All banks and money providers have different fee structures, and they all take different margins on the daily exchange rate. Depending on the size of your transfer, you could save hundreds of dollars by comparison shopping before you send money with your bank.
There are a host of reasons why you’d need to send money internationally. You might be paying for a destination wedding, purchasing an overseas property or adding a coveted item to your collection from a dealer overseas.
But how much will it cost to send money internationally? Let’s break it down.
1. Money transfer fees can vary greatly depending on your provider
Whenever you send money internationally, your bank will typically charge a fixed money transfer fee. You could pay up to $50 to transfer the money, but the fee will depend upon the bank that you’re using, as well as how much money you’re sending.
Some banks will charge a different rate depending upon the currency in which your money is sent, so you might pay a higher fee if you send the money in Aussie dollars rather than in your recipient’s local currency. If you want your money transfer expedited, you might incur yet another additional fee. Sheesh!
If you’re using a money transfer service, some fees depend on how you’re sending the money, whether it’s from a funded account, a credit card, or a debit card. This percentage can range from 0.5% to 3.9%. And that’s not the end of it.
2. Watch out for the margin on the exchange rate
In addition to the international transfer fee, a margin on the daily exchange rate is also tacked on to most foreign transfers. This rate is typically around 5% at most major banks, so if you’re sending $10,000, you may have to pay up to $500. Yikes. At OFX, we know you could buy a lot with $500, so we keep our exchange rates and fees substantially lower than other money transfer providers.
3) Your recipient may also be charged to receive foreign payments
On top of all the other costs above, many banks charge their customers between $15 and $30 to receive international transfers. At OFX, we use our global network of local bank accounts to move your money at the local level in an effort to reduce these fees. Sometimes, that means your recipient may be charged less by their bank to receive the funds when you use OFX.
So how much does it cost to send money internationally?
The answer is, it depends on the company you use. Rather than using a bank and paying excessive fees to send your money internationally, make the smart move to OFX.
In addition to being able to book a transfer 24/7, you’ll pay a small standard fee of $15 for transfers under $10,000 at OFX. And if you’re transferring over $10,000, you won’t be charged a transfer fee by us. Plus, OFX delivers a much more competitive exchange rate, so you can save on the exchange rate margin and keep more of your money.*
With options like OFX, there’s no need to rely on your bank anymore to send money, so now the only question is: what are you going to do with all that extra cash?
*Average savings based on published rates of ANZ, Westpac, NAB and CBA on a single transfer of AUD$10,000 to USD between 1.9.17 and 5.10.17 excluding weekends. Transaction costs excluded. Quoted savings are not indicative of future savings. Please consider OFX’s PDS and your circumstances before making a decision about any financial product.
At OFX UK we have no transfer fees if you register with our UK legal entity.
Third party fees may apply.