Contents 1 Structure 2 Examples 3 12-character SWIFTNet FIN address based on BIC 4 Usage 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Structure[edit] The previous edition is ISO 9362:2009 (dated 2009-10-01). The SWIFT code is 8 or 11 characters, made up of: 4 letters: Institution Code or bank code. 2 letters: ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code 2 letters or digits: location code if the second character is "0", then it is typically a test BIC as opposed to a BIC used on the live network. if the second character is "1", then it denotes a passive participant in the SWIFT network if the second character is "2", then it typically indicates a reverse billing BIC, where the recipient pays for the message as opposed to the more usual mode whereby the sender pays for the message. 3 letters or digits: branch code, optional ('XXX' for primary office) Where an 8-digit code is given, it may be assumed that it refers to the primary office. SWIFT Standards, a division of The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), handles the registration of these codes. Because SWIFT originally introduced what was later standardized as Business Identifier Codes (BICs), they are still often called SWIFT addresses or codes. The 2009 update of ISO 9362 broadened the scope to include non-financial institutions; before then BIC was commonly understood to be an acronym for Bank Identifier Code. There are over 7,500 "live" codes (for partners actively connected to the BIC network) and an estimated 10,000 additional BIC codes which can be used for manual transactions. 2009 version is now replaced by the latest edition (ISO 9362:2014 dated 2014-12-01).[4]

Examples[edit] Deutsche Bank is an international bank, with its head office in Frankfurt, Germany. The SWIFT code for its primary office is DEUTDEFF: DEUT identifies Deutsche Bank DE is the country code for Germany FF is the code for Frankfurt Deutsche Bank uses an extended code of 11 characters and has assigned branches or processing areas individual extended codes. This allows the payment to be directed to a specific office. For example, DEUTDEFF500 would direct the payment to an office of Deutsche Bank in Bad Homburg. Nedbank is a primarily South African bank, with its head office in Johannesburg. The SWIFT code for its primary office is NEDSZAJJ: NEDS identifies Nedbank ZA is the country code for South Africa JJ is the code for Johannesburg Nedbank has not implemented the extended code of 11 characters and all SWIFT transfers to its accounts are directed to the primary office for processing. Those transfer interfaces that require an 11 digit code would enter NEDSZAJJXXX. Danske Bank is a primarily Danish bank, with its head office in Copenhagen. The SWIFT code for its primary office is DABADKKK: DABA identifies Danske Bank DK is the country code for Denmark KK is the code for Copenhagen. UniCredit Banca is a primarily Italian bank with its head office in Milan. The SWIFT code for its primary office is UNCRITMM: UNCR identifies Unicredit Banca IT is the country code for Italy MM is the code for Milan. Dah Sing Bank is a bank based in Hong Kong that has five branches in mainland China (primary mainland China branch in Shenzhen). The SWIFT code for the branch in Shanghai is DSBACNBXSHA. DSBA identifies Dah Sing Bank CN is the country code for China BXSHA is the code for Shanghai. It uses the 11-digit extended code, and SHA identifies the Shanghai branch. BDO Unibank is the biggest bank in the Philippines, with its head office in Makati. The SWIFT Code for BDO is BNORPHMM. All BDO branches have the same SWIFT Code. BNOR identifies BDO Unibank PH is the country code for the Philippines MM is the code for Metro Manila of which Makati is a part. Note that one bank can seem to have more than one bank identifier in a given country for separation purposes. Bank of East Asia separates its representative branch in the US and its US-based operations for local customers into BEASUS33xxx (following the code used in its home country) and BEAKUS33xxx respectively. This differs from its local mainland China operations which are also BEASCNxxxxx following Hong Kong rather than having a separate identifier code. An example of this is Bank of America in the United States. For US Dollar denominated wires, its SWIFT code is BOFAUS3N. The SWIFT code for wires sent in foreign currency (non-U.S. dollars) to Bank of America in the United States is BOFAUS6S. In the past, SEPA payments required both BIC and IBAN. Since 2016-02-01 only the IBAN is needed inside the SEPA (European Union and some more countries). In Sri Lanka Swift codes consist of 8-11 digits. This example is a swift code for Sampath Bank: BSAMLKLXXXX 'BSAM'- Is the bank code for Sampath Bank 'LK' Is Sri Lanka's country code 'LX' is the banks location code. 'XXX' is the bank's branch code. Because the bank clears its transactions from a central location in Colombo, the letters XXX mean centralised clearing.

12-character SWIFTNet FIN address based on BIC[edit] To identify endpoints on its network, SWIFT also uses 12-character codes that are derived from the BIC of the institution. Such a code consists of the BIC8, followed by 1-character code that identifies the Logical Terminal (LTC), or "local destination", and the 3-character branch code. These 'BIC12's are not part of the ISO standard, and are only relevant in the context of the messaging platform.

Usage[edit] Business Identifier Codes are primarily used for identifying financial and non-financial institutions involving day-to-day business transactions among one or more institutions in transaction life cycle. Example: In SWIFT messages these BICs are embedded within the messages. Let's consider message type for cash transfer MT103, here we can find BIC under different tags like 50a(Ordering Customer), 56a(intermediary), 57a(account with institution), etc.

See also[edit] Bank account Bank Identification Number (BIN) International Bank Account Number (IBAN) Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) Cross-Border Inter-Bank Payments System (China International Payments System) (CIPS) Value transfer system Financial Stability Board Legal Entity Identifier

References[edit] ^ "SWIFT - SwiftRef Factsheet BICPlus, June 2017" (PDF).  ^ ^ "Deutsche Bundesbank - Unbarer Zahlungsverkehr" (in German). 2013-01-15. Archived from the original on 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2013-02-01.  ^

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