Dated: 8 November 2016
This Agreement is a contract between you and TransferWise and applies to your use of the TransferWise services (the "Services").
By registering for the Services, you must read, agree with and accept all of the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement. This Agreement is provided to you and concluded in English. You agree that any use by you of the Services shall constitute your acceptance of the Agreement and we recommend that you store or print-off a copy of the Agreement (including all policies) for your records.
Please read this Agreement carefully and make sure that you understand it fully before using the Services. Please note that if you do not accept this Agreement, you will not be able to use the Services.
TransferWise Services are operated by TransferWise Ltd. registered in England and Wales (company number 07209813) with its registered office at 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ. TransferWise is authorised under the Electronic Money Regulations 2011, and is under the prudential supervision of the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
The main business for TransferWise is money transfer and provision of services for making foreign currency payments internationally.
Our main trading address is 6th Floor, Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ, England.
Sensitive information between your browser and the TransferWise.com website is transferred in encrypted form using Secure Socket Layer (SSL). When transmitting sensitive information, you should always make sure that your browser can validate the TransferWise.com certificate.
You can access your details of executed payment transactions and other information relating to your Account by logging into TransferWise and clicking on the "Account" tab.
TransferWise may refuse creating duplicate accounts for the same user due to security and client identification requirements.. In a case where duplicate accounts are detected, TransferWise reserves the right to close or merge these duplicate accounts without notification. In a case where a duplicate TransferWise account exists and such account was created on a Partner, TransferWise will use reasonable efforts to explain why a second account for the same person can not be created and how to create a single account on TransferWise.
To be eligible for our Services, you must be at least 18 years old. You further represent and warrant to us that if you are an individual and you open an Account with us that you are not acting on behalf of an undisclosed principal or a third party beneficiary.
Before being able to use the Service we have to perform mandatory customer verification. For that we may ask for photographic evidence of your identity such as a copy of your passport. It is possible to provide this evidence through a number of methods including fax and email.
TransferWise reserves the right to access various government and private databases so as to verify your information (so called “electronic ID”) If certain databases provide a match to the information you provide then we may not have to ask for photographic evidence of your identity.
TransferWise reserves the right to refuse to accept any new user or any transaction at its discretion.
You must submit payment orders online via your user account. You will be asked to provide us with:
Once you completed your payment order online, we will send you a confirmation by email that we have received your payment order.
You should be aware that a payment order is only complete and will only be processed by us once we are in possession of your funds for making the payment to the recipient. It is your responsibility to send us funds in a timely manner via your chosen funding method. We cannot influence the time it takes for funds to be sent to us by your bank or payment service provider. However, we are monitoring our receiving bank accounts in close intervals and we will notify you and will process your payment order as soon as funds arrive in our accounts, provided they arrive before 5pm on a Business Day. If funds arrive after 5pm or on a day that is not a Business Day, your payment order will be processed during the course of the next Business Day. The same applies if you submit your payment order after 5pm or on a day that is not a Business Day.
When you access Services through Partner Services, you give Partner permission to follow your instructions to create or cancel a TransferWise transfer and, if applicable, debit your account you hold with Partner and have Partner send TransferWise funds to pay for the transfer. In such cases, your transfer order is complete when you confirm your order on Partner website or application and TransferWise has received the transfer funds from the Partner. Transfer limits may be different when accessing the Service through our Partners.
You should note that it is our obligation to ensure that funds arrive at the recipient’s bank account or payment account within the above timelines, however, we do not control the time it takes for the recipient’s bank or payment provider to credit and make available funds to the recipient.
You should further note that the above timelines are subject to all necessary security and customer identification checks being conducted in line with our security and identification guidelines. If further investigation or the collection of additional information from you is necessary, we will let you know, but this may delay execution of the payment order.
TransferWise makes reasonable efforts to match transactions at exchange rates aligned to the mid-market rate at the global currency markets. TransferWise relies on aggregated third party information sources (including exchange rates under licence from XE.COM INC ("XE", http://ww.xe.com), and we do not guarantee that the rates match any particular benchmark source at any given time. TransferWise is not liable in any way if the target currency after the exchange is less than anticipated as a result of changes in the global currency markets.
Unless the exchange rate is locked-in pursuant to the section 3.2.3 below, TransferWise converts your transaction amount (or any proportion thereof) by matching it with a number of different counterparties. Every such match is conducted at the mid-market rate at the time of the relevant match. The final effective rate (the “Effective Rate”) for your transaction is then a weighted average of the rates across all applied matches.
TransferWise does not take any margin or spread on the exchange rate, hence there are no buy and sell rates. The rate that you get is exactly the same rate as your counterparty.
We may specify the exchange rate applicable to your transaction at the time you initiate your payment. This exchange rate will be locked-in (the “Locked-In Exchange Rate”) for a period which we show you in the payment flow and that period may vary for different currencies (the “Specified Period”).
We will convert the transaction amount at the Locked-In Exchange Rate provided that the transaction amount reaches our relevant bank account within the Specified Period. Unless you cancel your transaction through our website before the transaction amount is converted, we will convert your transaction amount using the Locked-In Exchange Rate even if the mid-market rate at the time of the conversion would be better or worse for you than the Locked-In Exchange rate.
In the event that the transaction amount reaches our bank account after the Specified Period, then the Locked-In Exchange Rate will no longer apply. We will instead apply the Effective Rate in order to convert the transaction amount in accordance with the provisions set out in section 3.2.2 above.
In order to protect you from negative volatility in the global foreign exchange markets, TransferWise automatically applies a 3% rate limit (the “Automatic Rate Limit”) to all transactions in any currency other than the currencies where we lock the rate according to the section 3.2.3 above.
This means that in the event that the conversion rate moves negatively against you beyond the Automatic Rate Limit, then TransferWise will temporarily stop any further conversions until market conditions improve.
We will notify you should the situation not improve for more than 24 hours. You may manually adjust this rate limit to below 3% (eg. 2%, 1% or 0.5% etc) by logging into your TransferWise account. TransferWise will always pass on any improvements in exchange rates. Any rate limits will only apply to limit negative rate movements.
Every new payment submitted on the TransferWise website will be inactive, until we have received a valid deposit. You need to pre-pay the deposit to TransferWise in the following way:
Transfer the full invoiced amount in source currency on the TransferWise clearing bank account by bank transfer (see "Bank Transfers" section). If it is a Fixed Target payment order, then the invoiced value equals the required source currency if exchanged at your specified Limit Rate. The excess deposit, which is the difference between the invoiced value (your paid deposit) and the effective source currency requirement, is refunded to your specified source currency account after your order is matched.
If for any reason your transaction is cancelled or refused, then TransferWise will promptly return the deposit to the sender’s original source of funds. In the event that we are unable to return the deposit (eg. if the bank account details provided are incorrect), then TransferWise will promptly contact you using the most up-to-date contact information provided to us by you on your TransferWise account.
The upper transaction limit for payments is 1 000 000 GBP or equivalent. The maximum amount of currency accepted for exchange varies dynamically based on market conditions and, if applicable, on whether you are using the TransferWise Service through a Partner Service. If you are using the Service through a Partner Service, Partner may make the information about the limits available to you before you create a TransferWise transfer. There is no lower limit.
All EUR payments to TransferWise below £25,000 have to be made as Single European Payment Area (SEPA) payments with the "shared" fees option. TransferWise makes all outgoing EUR payments through SEPA with the "shared" option. Your specified recipient account must support receiving SEPA payments.
All GBP payments must originate from a UK bank or building society. TransferWise makes GBP payments through the "UK Faster Payments" scheme where possible or alternatively through BACS.
You may be liable for an additional administration charge if the account numbers or the recipient name you have provided are incorrect.
In case your bank charges you for receiving of payments you shall be liable for paying these.
TransferWise may refuse the payment order, if we cannot match the user's name and address as provided to TransferWise to your bank account or credit card details. In this case you may be liable for an administration charge, which will be deducted from your deposit.
You may cancel your transaction for a full refund at any time before the transaction amount is converted in accordance with your instructions. For the avoidance of doubt, any transaction in USD or transaction initiated in the United States may be cancelled at the very least, within 30 minutes of authorising your transaction.
You are responsible for ensuring the payment details you provide are accurate. Once payment instructions have been executed by TransferWise, transactions cannot be reversed and TransferWise will not be liable in any way for any loss you suffer as a result of a transaction being carried out in accordance with your instructions.
In the unlikely event that you notice an error in either the payment sent or received as a result of using the Services, then you should immediately notify us at email@example.com. If you become aware that you have received a payment over and above what you were expecting, you must immediately notify us of this so that arrangements can be made for you to immediately return any overpayment.
You agree not to use the Services for any unlawful activity and TransferWise reserves the right to investigate any suspicious activity or in response to any complaints or reported violations. When investigating any such activity, TransferWise reserves the right to report suspected unlawful activity to any appropriate person or body and to provide them with any relevant information, including personal data.
TransferWise charges a fee on every payment. Fees relating to each payment are visible to the user before submitting the payment.
Administration charges may only incur when our settlement banks or the receiving bank refuse your transaction due to incorrect payment details, their regulatory requirements or any other valid reason. Any administrative charges from the settlement banks or the receiving banks will be deducted from your payment amount. In addition, TransferWise admin charges may specifically apply in the following scenarios:
|from EUR||from GBP|
|Invalid recipient account details||8.00 EUR||8.00 GBP|
|Refused payment (see Section 3.6)||8.00 EUR||8.00 GBP|
You acknowledge and agree that TransferWise may engage third party partners and providers in order to deliver you the Services.
By accepting and agreeing to the partner’s terms and conditions you expressly acknowledge that TransferWise acts as agent of the partner and that TransferWise shall have no liability for the actions or omissions of the third party partner.
We are required to provide certain information to you in writing. By accepting this Agreement, you agree that we can communicate with you electronically either by email or by posting notices on the TransferWise website.
If we are unable to perform our obligations under this Agreement because of factors beyond our control, including a change of law, an event of Force Majeure, withdrawal of a currency or the imposition of sanctions over a country or beneficiary, we will notify you as soon as is reasonably practicable and will use reasonable endeavours to secure the return of any money paid by you in respect of which we have been unable to discharge our obligations under this Agreement. We will not have any liability to you where we are unable to perform our obligations.
We are committed to providing you with the highest standards of service. If you feel we have not achieved that, you can find information about our complaints procedure here.
This Agreement and any document expressly referred to in it constitutes the whole agreement between us and supersedes any previous discussions, correspondence, arrangements or understandings between us.
The provision of the Service and any dispute or claim arising out of the provision of the Service is governed by English law.
Any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with the Service will be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.