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Bank transfers between BE and DE take 3 weeks!
Thread poster: Gillian Searl

Gillian Searl  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:50
Member (2004)
German to English
Mar 7, 2002

I\'ve been told by an agency in Belgium that they paid me my money (after 60 days) on 20/2/02 into my German bank account. I keep checking my bank account and am in touch with the agency - but no money. They say, \"It\'s not our fault. We know from experience it takes three weeks to arrive in your account. Europe is unified, but the banks still aren\'t....\"

What do you think of this statement? I think they\'re having me on!


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Hans-Henning Judek  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:50
German to English
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Yes, I think they do! Mar 7, 2002

I am away from Germany for quite a while, but when I transfer money to and from Japan from/to Germany, it takes 2 days telegraphic and 5 days by mail.



As far as I know are the banks only allowed a certain processing time. Within Germany 2 or 3 days. This is the time, where they make their money with our money.



Therefore I sincerely doubt the 3 weeks.


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Egmont
Spain
Local time: 07:50
Afrikaans to Spanish
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SWIFT CODE Mar 7, 2002

If you ask your Swift Code to your Bank. you will receive the money in a few days (2-5).

Best wishes,
[addsig]


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Egmont
Spain
Local time: 07:50
Afrikaans to Spanish
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SWIFT CODE Mar 7, 2002

If you ask your Swift Code to your Bank and send that code to your client, you will receive the money in a few days (2-5).

Best wishes,
[addsig]


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Chinapix
Local time: 14:50
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What's about asking your bank in Germany, how long they would take to transfer money Mar 7, 2002

... into a Belgium account? than you\'ll have a precise idea.

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Chinapix
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Just ask a bank Mar 7, 2002

in Germany how long they would take to transfer money into a Belgium account. Then you\'ll know precicely. I think too, they are having you. Let them fax the transfer doc\'s!

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Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:50
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English to Italian
too long... Mar 7, 2002

it takes 3-5 days from Italy to the UK, and the banking system in Italy is pretty appalling.



GG


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Pee Eff
Germany
Local time: 07:50
English to German
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trying to gain time... Mar 7, 2002

This is definitely far too long! I don\'t know between Belgium and Germany, but at least between Germany and Spain, doing a normal Auslands-Überweisung without any express options or something, the money takes only 4-5 days!

Good luck!

Patrick


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Sven Petersson  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 07:50
English to Swedish
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The agency is very economic with the truth! Mar 7, 2002

It takes 2-3 days.



Please post full details of the agency under \"Agency ratings\" for the benefit of your fellow translators!



Sven.



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Werner George Patels, M.A., C.Tran.(ATIO)
Local time: 01:50
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I smell a rat too Mar 7, 2002

Sven is right: you should post the information on the Agency Board.



This kind of excuse is heard frequently these days. Just the other day, another translator posting to the TCR list told a horrible story of lies and deception (for months, her client would insist on having transferred the money, yet he was unable to provide any proof of the transfer; instead, he accused her of \"blackmailing\" him into a \"second\" transfer - ridiculous).


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Gillian Searl  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:50
Member (2004)
German to English
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I put them on the list Mar 7, 2002

The name\'s O.C.E.

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Werner George Patels, M.A., C.Tran.(ATIO)
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O.C.E Mar 7, 2002

Well, there we go. That is the same agency I referred to in my example from the TCR list.



They are \"well-known\".


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allys  Identity Verified
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Advice Mar 7, 2002

Dear Gillian,



If you are told that they have transferred money, always ask and continue asking to fax you bank confirmation that money has been transferred by agency – it’s easy and doesn’t take time.

It usually takes 3-4 days to transfer money to Ukraine from any country (e.g., USA, Ireland, Norway).



Best regards,

Alexander


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Gillian Searl  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:50
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If anyone wants more of this ... Mar 7, 2002

I\'ve put the full details on the TCR list - just search for O.C.E. Belgium

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Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
Germany
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Transfer time between Britain and Germany Mar 7, 2002

I can only contribute the information that Internet transfers/transfers by automatic banking, which most companies participate in, take exactly two days between Britain and Germany, and never longer.



As has already been suggested, you should always ask for proof on paper that something has been done.


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