An IBAN (International Bank Account Number) is a standardized system for identifying banks and accounts during cross-border payments. It consists of two letters, two bank verification digits and up to 35 characters. It reduces errors and transfer delays, and is used in over 75 countries. The US, Canada, and some Asian economies do not use IBAN, but have their own identification codes for cross-border payments.
SWIFT (Society of Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) is a secure messaging system created in 1973 by 239 banks from 15 countries. It allows banks to send and receive encrypted information for cross-border money transfers. Both IBAN and SWIFT are widely accepted bank identification codes for cross-border payments.
IBAN and SWIFT, what is the difference?
IBAN provides more detail than SWIFT code, leading to its introduction. It identifies a specific account at a bank in a country while SWIFT identifies a bank during an international transaction. IBAN is issued by the bank according to IBAN Registry format, while SWIFT, also known as Bank Identification Code or BIC, is assigned by the financial cooperative company, SWIFT, which is made up of central banks in the Group of Ten or G-10.
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Understand your IBAN
- Country code – the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) country code
- Check digits – two check digits provided by the issuing financial institution based on a calculation that considers the entire IBAN
- Bank identifier – code that shows the financial institution and, when correct, the branch of that financial institution servicing an account
- Basic bank account number (BBAN) – code that shows an individual account, at a specific financial institution, in a particular country
Understand your SWIFT code or the BIC
SWIFT (the organization) issues the BIC code which is 8-11 characters long. This code gives a record of the following:
- Entity’s legal name
- Entity’s registered address
- Status as a financial or non-financial institution
- Record publication date
- Date of last update of the record
- Expiry date of the record (if expired)
- If the record is self-maintained
How can we help?
Safexpay offers virtual IBAN creation, enabling merchants to generate virtual bank accounts for recipients, such as vendors and suppliers. With this service, merchants can receive and make payments via bank transfers or wire transfers, all in one platform. They can also keep track of payments and monitor their balance over time through an account summary, and track payment status. Safexpay is a top online payment solution for D2C brands, e-commerce, ed tech, OTT platforms, and more, providing a secure and convenient payment experience.
Safexpay IBAN service also supports third party validation for Banking, Financial services and Insurance sector.