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Invoicing (Euros) in USD
Thread poster: Elke Fehling

Elke Fehling  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:44
English to German
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Oct 21, 2003

Hi everybody,

I did a small job for an American subsidiary of a translation agency I use to work for. They ased me to calculate my invoice in Euros and then convert it to USD.

The translation agency had asked my for a price per word, when I made my offer I didn't think of the fact that a money transfer from the US to Germany is much more expensive than within Europe.

What can I do now?
(How) can I make sure that the clients takes over the costs for the money transfer?
And: what exchange rate am I supposed to use?

The purchase order they sent me doesn't mention any of these points...

Thank you for your help!

Elke


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Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 18:44
Member (2003)
German to Dutch
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PayPal? Oct 21, 2003

Try to get paid via PayPal.

Regards,
Gerard


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 18:44
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A few answers... Oct 21, 2003

Hi Elke,
I did a small job for an American subsidiary of a translation agency I use to work for. They ased me to calculate my invoice in Euros and then convert it to USD.

Did they mention any specific instruction as to when conversion from euro to US dollars should take place?

What can I do now?
(How) can I make sure that the clients takes over the costs for the money transfer?

The only thing you could do is ask them, but since you forgot to agree on this, one could argue that the costs incurred at your end are your problem. As an alternative, you're showing a PayPal logo on your profile - why don't you ask them to pay via this route?

And: what exchange rate am I supposed to use?

In the absence of any specific agreement, I would tend to use the middle market rate at the invoice date.

HTH, Ralf


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Aisha Rishi
Pakistan
Local time: 21:44
English to Urdu
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you can check the rates from x rates Oct 21, 2003

Elke Fehling wrote:

Hi everybody,

I did a small job for an American subsidiary of a translation agency I use to work for. They ased me to calculate my invoice in Euros and then convert it to USD.

The translation agency had asked my for a price per word, when I made my offer I didn't think of the fact that a money transfer from the US to Germany is much more expensive than within Europe.

What can I do now?
(How) can I make sure that the clients takes over the costs for the money transfer?
And: what exchange rate am I supposed to use?

The purchase order they sent me doesn't mention any of these points...

Thank you for your help!

Elke


http://www.x-rates.com It is a good site and they update the rates daily and they are usually close to the bank rates.

Other than that, you can ask to be paid through PayPal or ask for a cheque, if you can cash dollars, i.e.


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