|Bank Name||HSBC BANK PLC|
|Money Transfer||Save on international fees by using Wise, which is 5x cheaper than banks.|
|Receive Money||Get paid at the real exchange rate by using Wise.|
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HRFBGBKC - SWIFT Code Breakdown
- SWIFT Code
- HRFBGBKC or HRFBGBKCXXX
- Bank Code
- HRFB - code assigned to HSBC BANK PLC
- Country Code
- GB - code belongs to United Kingdom
- Location & Status
- KC - represents location, second digit 'C' means active code
- Branch Code
- XXX or not assigned, indicating this is a head office
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What is a SWIFT Code?
A SWIFT Code is a standard format of Bank Identifier Code (BIC) used to specify a particular bank or branch. These codes are used when transferring money between banks, particularly for international wire transfers. Banks also use these codes for exchanging messages between them.
SWIFT codes comprise of 8 or 11 characters. All 11 digit codes refer to specific branches, while 8 digit codes (or those ending in 'XXX') refer to the head or primary office. SWIFT codes are formatted as follows:
AAAA BB CC DDD
- First 4 characters - bank code (only letters)
- Next 2 characters - ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code (only letters)
- Next 2 characters - location code, passive participant will have "1" in the second character (letters and digits)
- Last 3 characters - branch code, optional - 'XXX' for primary office (letters and digits)
The downside of international transfers with your bank
When you send or receive money using your bank, you might lose out on a bad exchange rate and pay hidden fees as a result. That's because the banks still use an old system to exchange money. We recommend you use Wise (formerly TransferWise), which is usually much cheaper. With their smart technology:
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a SWIFT code?
A SWIFT code is a unique identifier for a bank or financial institution. SWIFT codes are also known as BIC codes, which stands for "Business Identifier Code".
SWIFT codes are used to move money around the world via international bank transfers. For instance, if you want to send money to HSBC BANK PLC, you would need the SWIFT code HRFBGBKC, plus the recipient's IBAN number.
Are there other SWIFT codes for HSBC BANK PLC?
Often one financial institution will have several SWIFT codes representing different branches. Always double-check with the recipient before sending money that you have the right SWIFT code, as financial institutions may have several different SWIFT codes that differ by just a few letters or numbers.
How do I save money on international bank transfers?
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