FAQ

B2B Pay

Once you signup with B2Bpay we provide you with a dedicated Euro bank account number and US ACH bank account number. you need to login to your Amazon Pay account and update your bank account to the B2B Pay accounts.

from now on when you witdraw money from your amazon pay account it will appear in your B2BPay wallet. from their you can make a bank transfer to your bank account in India in Rupees.

The next generation of bank accounts or International Bank account numbers (IBAN) are here. The multi currency IBANs are designed for a more complex world where more and more businesses are going global but want to manage their cash flow and cash management from one account.

A multi Currency IBAN is one Bank account number like normal. But the magic is in the setup. The IBAN is pre-setup with 35-50 different currencies. This means regardless of whether your customers pays you in USD, EUR, or INR the IBAN is able to receive the funds AND store it in the correct currency account. this is especially relevant for large multi-nationals and e-commerce players who sell in multiple markets and countries.

the savings for a large player could be significant in terms of banking costs and foreign exchange. Also the fact that you are working with only one account saves a lot of effort and confusion with your customers.

Any drawbacks?

Even though its a global bank account which can receive multiple currencies, whether it is the right solution for you highly depends on your business setup. For example:

  1. Small value transactions will be very costly due to landing fees and SWIFT fees
  2. Your local business might need a local bank account anyway for local operations and local bank systems for example a Indian Bank account for your operations in India.
  3. The inboard payments options are currently SWIFT wire transfers, SEPA in Europe, or ACH transfers in the US . This can be limiting for some of your local operations.

B2B Pay is a Fin-Tech (financial technology company) offering best rates for business transactions from Europe to rest of the world. We have partnered with Nordea bank in Finland and Barclays in London to change the way international payments are carried out, lowering the fees and processing time substantially.

Our solutions work for global exporters to Europe with a virtual bank account, which enables exporters to collect payments from their European customers.

What is the mid market rate?

The mid market rate is the mid-point between the buy and the sell prices of the two currencies to an exchange rate – what the buyer is prepared to pay and what the seller is prepared to sell for. It is also known as the interbank rate.

A genuinely applied mid market rate is universally regarded as the most transparent and accurate foreign currency exchange rate reflecting real time movements in the currency markets.

Banks and brokers habitually apply a “spread” to the mid market exchange rate, which is effectively a hidden charge that amends the quoted rate.

One of B2B Pay's objectives is transparency regarding the exchange rate. We offer companies the ability to execute trades at the mid market rate by cutting out intermediation.

An example of a mid market rate is that, if the buy rate is 2 and the sell rate is 1.5, the mid market rate would be the average of both: 1.75.

Exporters entering the world of electronic payments and Virtual Bank accounts will need to learn a lot of new terms in order to navigate successfully through to automating payment systems and unleashing the full potential of currency exchange services. More than accepting payments from customers around the world in their own currency, exporters can enjoy the benefits of being on the cutting edge of financial transactions in the electronic world.

Mid market exchange rate for exporters

For those successful exporters who enjoy a robust and intelligent POS system once removed from their own direct duties, a B2B Pay account can be more than a virtual bank account. It can assist you by automating the duties of sending out invoices and collecting fees including late charges and interest. Those who wish to export to Europe can use the financial technology available to them through a virtual banking service in order to lower costs as well as save customers exchange rate fees. Suddenly being paid in a foreign currency can be an everyday situation with your virtual bank, rather than a daunting process involving wire transfer and exchange fees. This is because B2B Pay and other virtual banks are technology based rather than relying on vaults of funds in brick and mortar buildings with hundreds of employees who need to be paid.

Mid market rate and spread

Spread

The difference between the buy and sell rates is known as a spread. Financial spreads occur in industries such as the stock markets, currencies, and other financial markets. A simple example of spread is the difference between the buy and sell price when going from one currency to another. For instance, to buy one Euro you may have to spend 1.16 USD but when you sell one euro you only get 1.10 USD. This means the spread is 0.06 USD, or 5.3%.

The mid market rate in this case would be 1.13 USD, this is also called the "real" currency rate. While it is often expressed in percentages, the spread is still a part of financial accounting and costs of business. Your company can avoid absorbing those percentage costs via a virtual bank account such as B2B Pay.

Currency Exchange

When an importer pays in their local currency through their local bank, an exporter will get the exchange rate set by that local bank. This is generally at least 2% from the mid market rate, but it can also go over 6% for many currencies (for example the Indian rupee).

Using a virtual bank account from B2B Pay the importer makes a SEPA payment inside Europe and the exchange rate is defined by B2B Pay, which will give the exporter a rate of 1% from the mid market rate.

In the world of banking, you will hear words such as IBAN, SWIFT, and BIC. A Bank Identifier Code is known as a BIC code. Another name for the same function is SWIFT, which stands for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication. The terms are interchangeable, and a BIC or SWIFT code is an 8 to 11 character number, which identifies a specific bank anywhere in the world. It is a form of registration, and B2B Pay also has a BIC or SWIFT code in accordance with regulations of banking.

IBAN stands for International Bank Account Number, which can be verified worldwide to ensure the security and legitimacy of your virtual bank account and transactions coming in and out of it. It is easy to look up the IBAN of a person with whom you may wish to do business, and ensure that the payment you receive is legitimate. There are many calculators and software tools which will allow you to convert a customer or supplier's bank account number into an IBAN. BIC can tell you the bank and origin of the country of its account.

When performing international exports and imports, these numbers are important to the financial transactions surrounding them, as well as adding a layer of security to each transaction. Here is how a BIC code is translated into numbers:

  • The first 4 digits of the number will be the Bank Code which is issued by SWIFT.
  • The next 2 digits in the numeric sequence refer to the Country Code.
  • The 7th and 8th digits provide the Location Code.

After this, an optional 3 digit number may be provided. This is the Branch Code which is set by the individual bank of issue.

Traditionally, BIC codes have been used by banks during wire transfer of funds. With new technology, this function can be performed quickly and easily via a secured Internet connection. Rather than going to a bank and filling out forms and waiting in line, a virtual bank account allows you to conduct wire transfer transactions from your own business, without leaving the building and expending valuable time in bank buildings. The savings which you can achieve with a virtual banking service such as B2B Pay can add up to as much as 80%, as technology takes over where the expense of paperwork, time, and paying for a building with employees to complete the transaction disappears.

 

The Indian Financial System Code (IFSC) is the eleven character coding system that is assigned by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), and used within India's Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS), Comprehensive Financial Management System (CFMS), and National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT). The code is a unique identifier of each participating bank branch in the NEFT system. IFSC implementation by the RBI is in oversight of monetary policy, financial system stability, foreign exchange management, currency issuance, development, and maintenance of merchant banking for the country's state and reserve banking institutions.

A Swift Code

The IFSC code is a Swift Code, the standard classification system assigning Bank Identifier Codes (BIC) to depository and financial institutions around the globe. A BIC provides the record for transactions between institutions. All Swift codes consist of 8 or 11 characters, and enable the transfer of money between banking institutions, as well as international wire transfers.

The IFSC and other swift codes are also used in the transmission of Structured Financial Messaging System (SFMS) message exchange between banks. The IFSC code is an 11 character BIC with four (4) alphabet characters identifying the banking institution, followed by the numerical character zero (0) controlling for future use. The last six (6) characters of the BIC indicate the branch of the institution corresponding to the transaction.

IBAN Registration

In coordination with the IFSC in India, BIC record of individual bank account transactions is supported by International Bank Account Number (IBAN) system, which is the international system of account control defined under the International Standards Organization (ISO 13616-1:2007), and in correspondence with ISO 7064 check digit classification as laid forth in the official ISO IBAN registry. The IBAN assists in identifying bank accounts at the international level, and reduces risk of conscription errors in communications between institutions cross border transactions.

Locating an IFSC Code

Merchant exporters holding virtual bank accounts can use the IFSC and MICR code to trace activity of transactions and from their account. The first three (3) digits of the MICR code are the PIN code, and correspond to the postal address or city code of the bank branch submitting a transfer or payment. An IFSC code is located in account holder passbook or statement, and are printed on cheque book issued by NEFT enabled institutions.


More information

  • More information on how to locate an IFSC code is available via the Reserve Bank of India website: https://rbi.org.in/
  • See also this page on the RBI website with documents that contain IFS codes.

Normally international trade deals are agreed to in USD or EUR:

When payment is made the importer instructs their bank to make the payment.

The bank converts the amount and deposits the money into the bank account of the exporter in their country.

The effects of a bad exchange rate due to excess fees and banking charges is entirely suffered by the exporter who receives the local currency amount minus the banking and FX spread charges.

Additionally as the sending bank does not know the exporter, they have to perform a lot of time consuming checks.

In total the cost to the exporter is between 2 to 6%.

Here is a visual example:

A problem of control and incentive

Example:

A French importer agrees to pay 10,000 eur for the purchases of Smart phones from a Brazilian Manufacturer. The FX rate is 1 EUR = 10 BRL


Control

Importer receives goods and provides their Bank, instructions to make payment

96,000 BRL

4% various fees = 4000 BRL

Banking Processes:
  • Payee detail checks
  • Compliance checks
  • Currency spread charges
  • SWIFT charges
  • Transaction fees
  • Transfers 10,000 EUR

Incentive

Loss to exporter of 4,000 BRL

Recipients bank in Brazil: receives 96,000 BRL

Import & Export

Each account have different territorial use in 170+ countries.

Our basic birtual bank account is valid in the below countries for euro currency transfers. You can collect payment from any of these countries using the above account.

Your account is valid for euro transfers in the below 36 European countries of the SEPA zone:

  1. The 28 member states of the European Union, including
    • The 19 states that are in the Euro zone:

      Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain.

    • The 9 states that are not in the Euro zone but can make free euro transfers in SEPA:

      Bulgaria, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Sweden, United Kingdom

  2. The 4 member states of the European Free Trade Association:

    Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland

  3. Other European states:

    Monaco, San Marino, Andorra

For other products please contact us for more information.

I am from India and started an import/export business. As I came to know that all banking transactions are governed/ controlled by RBI, does B2B Pay have a permission/approval/licence or any other facilitator to do banking transactions?

We comply will all international regulations. When B2B Pay enters a market we make sure that our business model and product works within the regulatory framework including currency conversion.

B2B Pay provides a payment service for payments leaving the European market, as such we come under EU regulations for financial transactions. We do not provide any financial services or banking services such as loans or current accounts in India. our service is purely as a payment remitter to save Indian companies time and cost when collecting payment in Europe. our interaction with the RBI is limited to converting amounts to INR where we follow RBI guidelines and sending payments to India which is done via our correspondence bank in India.

When we started designing our B2B payments product we talked to a lot of exporters from all over the world and also tried to talk to a lot of importers in Europe. Talking with exporters was easy and we could see their pain. But not so with importers

We used the Finnish and German chambers of importers to try and talk to importing companies to see what kind of challenges they face for sending payments. Our advisors got in touch with top CEOs and CFOs from these companies. We wanted to talk to them to understand how much time they wasted in making international payments and how much money it was costing them.

This is a typical response we got from our representative in the chamber of commerce:

Guys, got A message from Mr XYZ during the Christmas time indicating that none of the companies he's been talking to identify this as a problem.

Your first reaction is there is no problem, so what is the issue?

The issue is that international payments are hugely expensive, so why don’t the importers see this as an issue? The answer is very simple: the importers always agree the price in Euros or US dollars so any fees relating to currency conversion and payment fees are paid for by the exporter. For example on a contract for €100k the importer will instruct their bank to pay €100k. Any fees for currency conversation and payment will be incurred by the exporter when they receive payment in their local currency.

The exporters face two problems from this arrangement:

  • There are delays in payment due to all the paperwork that is required to make international payments.
  • The currency conversion charges and transfer fees make up 3-6%, partly by the spread.

This is a hugely frustrating situation for the exporter. Most of them do not have the bargaining power to negotiate terms with the importers.

The importer is also losing out in this.

Even though importers don’t care about international payments costs, what they don’t realise is that they are also suffering due to the high fees of 3-6% for international payments

Simply speaking when an exporter makes an offer to sell goods he goes through a simple process:

price of product = cost of production + operational costs + profit margin + transaction costs (FX conversion, shipping, insurance)

Effectively exporters increase the price they charge their customers to compensate themselves for the loss they suffer from transaction fees.

Now you don’t have to be an economist to come to the conclusion that if you could reduce transaction costs most likely the exporter will keep some of these savings and pass some to their customers.

In an ideal world just by improving transaction fees on international payments importers and exporters should be better of 1.5% each. Which when you talk about billions of euros in trade is some serious saving!

Fortunately with B2B Pay's virtual bank account this ideal situation is now possible for exporters into Europe.

Sign up with B2B Pay

We are currently focused on India. All are welcomed to sign up, however we currently can't offer this service for payments from countries outside of SEPA yet. Our business is rapidly expanding and we encourage signing up now to be informed on when B2B will be available in your country.

If you are from another country, please contact us as we are keen to get to know you and the payment processes in your country and possibly offer you a custom account and be part of our trial for that particular country.

Our focus and main products are the best fit for compnies in these countries:

We can onboard companies from these countries:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom

In certain cases, We can onboard companies from these countries:

Argentina, Armenia, The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin, Dominica, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mauritius, Oman, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Virgin Islands

Currently, We can't onboard companies from these countries:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep. Congo, , Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Gaza Strip, Georgia, Ghana, Greenland, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia, Fed. St., Moldova, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, N. Mariana Islands, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, St Pierre & Miquelon, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turks & Caicos Is, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Wallis and Futuna, West Bank, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

As part of the SEPA agreement, 36 European countries agreed that payment transfers within any of these 36 countries will be treated the same as a domestic transfer. For example you can transfer money from Germany to Netherlands for free as the current domestic charges within Germany for electronic transfers is free.

We use this system by setting up your payment account in Finland which allows you to receive payment from the whole SEPA area for free. This payment account is virtual bank account, you get your individual IBAN number and the account can only be used to receive payments. As soon as payment comes in B2B Pay notifies you and sends the money to your local bank account for a fee of 1%.

This also benefits your customer, as they can transfer their payment to your virtual IBAN account with the same procedure and for the same price as a local electronic transfer which in most European countries is free!

 

How banking works

Currently, We have a basic registration fee for most of our accounts. Registration fee varies between different industries and products. Please see our pricing page for that or contact us for exact registration fee. 

 

B2B has partnered with two prestigious financial institutions; Nordea Bank, one of the biggest and most trusted banks in the world, with headquarters in Sweden, as well as Barclays Bank, a world leader in finance.

We have received funding from the Finnish government and from investors in Finland and the United States.

Your money is handled by Nordea bank. We are controlled by the Finnish banking authority. The payment is also transferred back to your Indian bank account using the two bank system. Your money is 100% safe in the virtual bank account and while being transferred.

Your customer in Europe can make a simple SEPA payment. Euro payments in 35 European countries are handled without any fee (in most cases, or a nominal fee if there's a fee) and SEPA payments are usually settled the next business day.

As soon as the money arrives in your B2B Pay virtual IBAN account in Finland, we inform you of an incoming payment and initiate the transfer to your local bank account. And that is where you will save a lot of money!

Map of SEPA countries

Normally international transfers up to 250,000€ are handled one-by-one. This means banks have an employee process each transaction manually, which is costly and eventually ends up being charged to you through disadvantageous conversion rates. On top of that, if your customer pays you through a small local bank in Europe chances are the international payment will be handled by another bank incurring yet another fee. If you have transfers over 1 million euro it's possible to get better deals. So we pool transactions to get that better deal with our Swedish/Finnish partner bank Nordea.

As soon as you have received your IBAN number you can use it on on your invoices to European customers. When a payment arrives in your virtual bank account we will inform you and send the money to your local bank account.

Your customer in Europe can make a simple SEPA payment. Euro payments in 35 European countries are handled without any fee (in most cases, or a nominal fee if there's a fee) and SEPA payments are usually settled the next business day.

We have negotiated a deal with our Swedish/Finnish partner bank Nordea to secure our customers the best rates.

The 1% fee leaves us enough margin to build a profitable business.

Banking bureaucracy delays

Banks have many processes. There's a lot of financial regulation around customer data and making payments. Our requirements are the same as a bank but we only do one tiny part of what banks are doing. And we're much more efficient at this. We implement this faster and smarter by doing due diligence upfront, so that we can process payments as fast as possible without delays.

We are a lean startup and unlike banks, we are not saddled with huge overheads, different business streams, and complex IT infrastructure and processes.

A virtual bank account as your base in Europe

We are focused on one thing only: providing you with our better, faster and cheaper solution. We do this by creating a virtual bank account with your own European IBAN, coupled with the best currency exchange and transfer fees in the market.

We sometimes call this virtual bank account a proxy or a VPN, which gives you a virtual presence in Europe, allowing you to go around the importer's local bank and get the best currency exchange and transfer rates in the market.

You pay the 1% fee only when we transfer the payment back to your home country. The fee covers:

  • Per transactions fees which vary from €1 to €30
  • Currency conversion charges and fees
  • Maintenance of the payment account
  • Operational costs

See also How does it work

Once you receive the payment from your customer in your virtual bank account with B2B Pay, we send you a confirmation email as well as allow you to see this amount in your online account. We then transfer the amount back to your home bank account minus our fee of 1%.

When an exporter issues their payment details, they include the banking details of their home bank. For example an exporter from the United States will include their local bank details from the US and an exporter in India will do likewise with their local bank details.

When you sign up with us, you get a virtual bank account in Europe, including your own IBAN number. The account is not a bank account, but functions like one when it comes to collecting payment. When you include your B2B Pay payment details on your invoice or contract, as far as your customer is concerned it will be the same as making a local bank transfer.

Opening bank accounts

Currently we are only offering a virtual bank account in Europe for euros, to exporters to the Single Euro Payment Area (SEPA). SEPA is the biggest free trade area in the world which encloses 500 million people.

In the future we want to also offer a payment solutions for other currencies such as USD and GBP.

You can sign up here. You will need to provide us with documentation about your business and the business beneficiaries. Once we have this information we can get the process rolling.

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Opening IBAN accounts globally

Having a banking account in Europe is convenient for various users - let it be students, workers, exporters, big or small companies, or even NGOs and governmental bodies who conduct some of their operations with partners abroad. European bank accounts are based on international standards that allow for a lower rate of mistakes when transferring the funds and reduce the time it takes to receive and send them, not to mention, they’re way cheaper than wiring your funds via traditional banks to countries that are not part of IBAN, for example. 

Fintech has been working hard to take down those barriers and support individuals, organisations, and companies to be able to access various convenient solutions that seem to be out of reach, because of bureaucracy, international agreements (or lack of thereof) and considerably slowly innovating of the traditional banking system. B2B offers its customers IBAN accounts in various currencies worldwide. 

What is an IBAN account?

IBAN stands for International Bank Account Number, which is an international banking system for bank account numbers. IBAN makes international transactions easier in many countries - 77 countries around the globe are now part of it, as of May 2020. It was initially adopted by the ECBS (European Committee for Banking Standards) to facilitate payments within the EU and later became an international standard, ISO 13616:1997. The current standard is ISO 13616:2007. 

In contrast to a BIC code, which refers to a specific bank, IBAN goes to a more granular level and is associated with a specific bank account. Thanks to a unique combination of letters and numbers, banks are able to recognise immediately, and almost without mistakes, whether the bank account you are sending money to exists. 

IBAN is used in all European countries (except Russia) and dozens of non-European countries. It is especially convenient to send money within the SEPA zone, which includes 36 countries:  the European Union, plus EFTA and the UK. This initiative was designed to improve the speed and regulate the costs of sending bank transfers in euro between the member states, making it as cheap as it would be to send money between accounts in your own country.

Structure of IBAN numbers 

What does an IBAN number look like?

An IBAN account number consists of a maximum of 35 alphanumeric characters and has a fixed length per country. The first two characters indicate the country code, followed by a checksum of 2 numbers, and then a national account number.

IBAN numbers are used in most European countries (without Russia), but also widely abroad - among 77 member countries you will find for example Brazil, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey or Dominican Republic. 

Which countries use IBAN numbers? 

Below you can find a list and a map of counties that use IBAN numbers worldwide.

 

IBAN, SWIFT, BIC: what's the difference? 

We’ve written extensively on our site on these enigmatic solutions and we invite you to have a quick read to understand the differences between them. As you already know from, IBAN is a system of identifying individual accounts in countries that participate in it. 

Meanwhile, SWIFT is a global alternative to IBAN, providing standardized, reliable ways to transfer the money also between countries that are not part of the IBAN community. And BIC stands for business identifier code, that helps identify both financial and non-financial institutions. These numbers are needed in international banking transfers, especially when dealing with partners outside of SEPA/IBAN. 

To simplify your access to the fastest, well-regulated and cheapest solutions, we’ve come up with a way to fit your business with a virtual bank account in Europe, where you can benefit from the combination of SEPA/IBAN and stop worrying about long transfers and exuberant fees. Have a look here to discover how smart ibans will make your life easier.

 

 

IBAN countries 2016 map

IBAN countries in Europe, 2021

Country Length of IBAN
Albania 28
Andorra 24

Austria

20
Belgium 16
Bosnia and Herzegovina 20

Bulgaria

22

Croatia

21
Cyprus 28

Czech Republic

24

Denmark

18

How to open a bank account in Denmark

20
Faroe Islands 18

Finland

18

France

27
Georgia 22

Germany

22
Gibraltar 23

Greece

27
Greenland 18
Guernsey 22

Hungary

28
Iceland 26
Ireland 22
Isle of Man 22

Italy

27
Jersey 22
Kosovo 20

Latvia

21
Liechtenstein 21

Lithuania

20
Luxembourg 20
Macedonia 19
Malta 31
Moldova 24
Monaco 27
Montenegro 22

Netherlands

18
Norway 15

Poland

28
Portugal 25

Romania

24
San Marino 27
Serbia 22

Slovakia

24

Slovenia

19

Spain

24

Sweden

24
Switzerland 21
Ukraine 29

United Kingdom

22

Non-European IBAN countries 2021

Country Length of IBAN
Algeria 24
Angola 25
Azerbaijan 28
Bahrain 22
Benin 28
Brazil 29
British Virgin Islands 24
Burkina Faso  
Burundi 16
Cameroon 27
Cape Verde  
Central African Republic  
Congo 27
Costa Rica  
Dominican Republic  
Egypt 27
French Guiana  
French Polynesia  
Gabon 27
Guadeloupe 27
Guatemala 28
Iran 26
Israel 23
Ivory Coast  
Jordan 30
Kazakhstan 20
Kuwait 30
Lebanon 28
Madagascar 27
Mali 28
Martinique 27
Mauritania 27
Mauritius 30
Mozambique 25
New Caledonia  
Pakistan 24
State of Palestine  
Qatar 29
Réunion 27
Saint-Pierre and Miquelon  
Sao Tome and Principe  
Saudi Arabia  
Senegal 28
Timor-Leste 23
Tunisia 24
Turkey 26
United Arab Emirates  
Wallis and Futuna  

Virtual bank accounts

With the IBAN system virtual bank accounts have become more popular. You can also request additional IBAN numbers for your bank account. Using these solutions, we came up with our own offer - B2B Pay's European virtual bank account that lets you receive business payments for a significantly lower fee than what a normal wire transfer would cost you. We have also included a way to automate the whole process with our payments API. It’s all about efficiency.

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Introduction by the EPC

Here's a thorough yet brief overview of IBAN by the European Payments Council, in less than 3 minutes.

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How to open a bank account in Europe

We’ve sifted through various bank sites in countries across the continent and came up with some handy guides to explain to you the process of opening a virtual bank account in multiple European countries. Considering some of these options might be cumbersome, as the requirements tend to be strict, especially for non-residents, a virtual bank account with B2B Pay may prove to be a viable alternative, especially if you don’t have an address or the right kind of documents in Europe, or if you are transferring money between places outside of Europe and want to take an advantage of a better rate.


How to open a bank account overseas

We also wrote extensively on the process of opening a virtual bank account in multiple countries all over the world. Still, if you plan to transfer money between European countries, or to your European customers/partners/relatives, a virtual bank account with B2B Pay may still be a good alternative for you, as we work with countries across the globe and provide our services in multiple currencies.


 

E-Banking

B2B Pay offers a B2B payment solution for international exporters who make large direct deals with their customers in Europe. For large direct payments we are a lot cheaper and simpler than an e-commerce payment solution.

Please write to us if you know of an e-commerce payment solution which is cheaper than the one we offer.