So what do these letters and numbers mean?
A SWIFT code — sometimes also called a SWIFT number — is a standard format for Business Identifier Codes (BIC). Banks and financial institutions use them to identify themselves globally. It says who and where they are — a sort of international bank code or ID.
These codes are used when transferring money between banks, particularly for international money transfers or SEPA payments. Banks also use these codes to exchange messages between each other.
HSBC BANK CANADA
|Swift code (8 characters)||HKBCCATT|
|Branch name||HSBC BANK CANADA|
|Branch address||885 W.GEORGIA STREET|
|Bank name||HSBC BANK CANADA|
HSBC BANK CANADA SWIFT Code Details
A SWIFT/BIC is an 8-11 character code that identifies your country, city, bank, and branch.
Bank code A-Z 4 letters representing the bank. It usually looks like a shortened version of that bank's name.
Country code A-Z 2 letters representing the country the bank is in.
Location code 0-9 A-Z 2 characters made up of letters or numbers. It says where that bank's head office is.
Branch Code 0-9 A-Z 3 digits specifying a particular branch. 'XXX' represents the bank’s head office.
Compare prices for sending money abroad
Banks and other transfer services have a dirty little secret. They add hidden markups to their exchange rates - charging you more without your knowledge. And if they have a fee, they charge you twice.
Wise never hides fees in the exchange rate. We give you the real rate, independently provided by Reuters. Compare our rate and fee with Western Union, ICICI Bank, WorldRemit and more, and see the difference for yourself.
|Sending 1,000.00 GBP with||Recipient gets(Total after fees)||Transfer fee||Exchange rate(1 GBP → CAD)|
|Cheapest||1,641.83 CADSave up to 73.32 CAD||5.02 GBP||1.65011|
|1,633.84 CAD-7.99 CAD||9.50 GBP||1.64951|
|1,632.13 CAD-9.70 CAD||0.00 GBP||1.63213|
|1,617.02 CAD-24.81 CAD||20.00 GBP||1.65002|
|1,615.45 CAD-26.38 CAD||0.00 GBP||1.61545|
Always confirm the details with your recipient
When sending or receiving money, always check the SWIFT code with your recipient or bank.
If you think you've used the wrong SWIFT code to send money, you should get in contact with your bank right away. They may be able to cancel the transaction. If it's too late to cancel, you might have to contact the recipient yourself and request that they return your money.
I use Wise to send money to my family in India.
Mathu, London, UK
We have a 4.2 out of 5 rating on Trustpilot
It’s your money. You can trust us to get it where it needs to be, but don’t take our word for it. Read our reviews at Trustpilot.com
Quick and easy to use
Published 1 hour ago
For me, Wise is the best app, of its kind, with the best exchange rates, fast, secure and reliables. I recommend 100%. I have been using it for more ...
Published 2 hours ago
Review from a Design Researcher who works in FinTech. I transfer money using only using Wise. I do not use my bank accounts. Why? Because Wise is th...
Published 3 hours ago
Your questions, answered
Wise has not carried out any enquiries on the legal standing of any of the banks and financial institutions listed.
Wise does not take responsibility or have any liability to you or anyone for any risks that may be associated with these banks or financial institutions or the jurisdictions they operate in, nor any transactions that you or any other person may undertake with these organisations. Wise may not provide services in the jurisdiction in question. For a list of our supported countries, please see here.