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Thread poster: Vladimir Shapovalov

Vladimir Shapovalov  Identity Verified
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Sep 30, 2003

Hello,

I wonder if any translators based in Spain have some knowledge of the fees that local banks charge for cashing US checks? What is a common charge for cashing foreign checks?

I am asking this because I sent a payment ($50 checks drawn in a US bank) to a person in Spain, but it turned out that a local bank charged her EUR 15.00 to cash this check. She said this percentage is pretty common for other local banks too (her bank is Caja Madrid). It makes 45% of the $50...

[Edited at 2003-09-30 23:25]


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mbc
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depends on bank and your connections Oct 1, 2003

Hello, I live in Spain and sometimes get checks in US dollars. Most banks charged quite a lot (15 to 20%) and some won´t cash a check for under 100 dollars or so. Strangely enough, I´ve found, that if you always go to the same branch and deal with the same person the commission mysteriously gets a bit lower...

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Vladimir Shapovalov  Identity Verified
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thank you Madeline! Oct 10, 2003

I just learned that this Spanish bank also takes commission for incoming transfers (like EUR 15), which confused me even further... Is it a standard?

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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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A bit on the high side... Oct 11, 2003

...but not too unusual - the German banks I deal with typically deduct between 6 and 10 euros for incoming non-EU transfer payments.

Best, Ralf


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Vladimir Shapovalov  Identity Verified
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Strange... Oct 11, 2003

I have used several banks in Bulgaria and Cyprus and none of them applies any commission for incoming transfers. None of them charges for withdrawals (or opening/closing an account) either. I am really surprised that it's not a case in Western Europe

[Edited at 2003-10-11 09:01]


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