Barclays USD Account: Cost, Features and Alternative

Paola Faben Oliveira

Need to do business in USD? Whether it’s selling to overseas customers, renting out property in the US as a business or paying stateside suppliers, a USD bank account will come in handy.

One of the options you’ll come across is the Barclays USD account, just one of the currency options available with the bank’s Foreign Currency Account. If you are not a Barclays' Business customer already the first step is to check out how to open a Barclays account online.

Read on for the lowdown on the Barclays USD account, including features, fees and an alternative: Wise Business multi-currency account.

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Advantages of having a Barclays USD account

Opening a USD account helps you optimise USD payments with your clients, both within and outside the UK. It not only helps you avoid potential rate loss due to FX fluctuations, but also allows you to send, receive and hold money in several currencies.

You can also easily bill your clients in their local currency, which saves them time and money. With any luck, this’ll encourage them to patronise your products and services more.

Barclays USD account features

A Barclays USD currency account offers the chance to reduce your company’s exposure to exchange rate fluctuations, as well as the admin and other costs that come with it. There’s no need to transfer funds between accounts (unless you want to) and you can send and receive money from all over the world.

Other account features include¹:

  • 24/7 access via online or telephone banking
  • Manage your money on the move using the Barclays banking app
  • Choice of 17 major currencies, including USD².

Barclays USD account fees³

ServiceInternational feeDomestic fee
Sending money£15 for online banking

£25 if arranged in-branch or by phone

65p
Receiving moneyFree for payments below £100

£6 for payments over £100

65p

When looking at the overall cost, it's also important to pay attention to the exchange rate and fees as these transactions are often expensive. You should always look for a provider that uses the real mid-market exchange rate, like Wise Business.

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Barclays USD account - Pros and Cons

✅ Pros❌ Cons
  • No minimum balance required
  • Fast transfers - EUR/USD/CAD transactions settled same day, other currencies settled in 2 working days
  • Ideal for importers and exporters
  • Need to open separate account for each currency, if you need more than just USD
  • A Barclays Business bank account is required to apply
  • No option to apply online - you’ll need to call and speak to an advisor

Wise Business - Alternative to Barclays USD account

If you want to save money on banking fees, Wise Business multi-currency account is one of the best options for your company, especially if you need to convert between different currencies frequently.

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Wise uses the mid-market rate to convert your money and charge only a small and transparent fee for each transaction. You can receive payments in 9 major currencies, including USD.

You’ll get a US account number, branch number (routing number) and SWIFT/BIC bank code, plus an international debit card - this covers multiple currencies, so you don’t need a separate card for each currency. Wise is FCA regulated and uses sophisticated security and anti-fraud technology.

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And there you have it - your at-a-glance guide to the Barclays USD account, plus an alternative you can choose from. It’s a good idea to compare carefully, to find the best fit for your business.


Sources used for this article:

  1. Currency current account | Barclays
  2. Foreign currency business account | Barclays | Available currencies
  3. International Tariff | Barclays

Sources last checked on June 21. 2023.


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