International transfers

International transfers

It's simple to send money to people in other countries using international transfers. AccèsD lets you do it anytime and from anywhere.

Make an international money transfer

How to set up international transfers on AccèsD

Before you make your first international transfer, call us or make an appointment at a caisse to find out the daily transfer limit and activate the feature on AccèsD.

Call 1-800-CAISSES (1-800-224-7737)

or

Make an appointment at a caisse

Advantages

  • Many countries and currencies available Transfer money to most international destinations
  • Quick Recipients get their funds rapidly
  • Easy No need for bank drafts or money orders
  • Secure Every transfer is protected by a sophisticated security feature

Transfer methods

Direct deposit

With direct deposit, you can deposit funds directly into the account of an individual overseas. It’s an inexpensive way to transfer money to many countries around the world

  • Available for certain countries and territories
  • Maximum amount varies based on destination, access method (at a caisse or on AccèsD) and your personal authorizations
  • Processing time from 12 hours to 4 business days
  • Deposits made in the currency of the destination country or territory
Fees for international direct deposits
Destination On AccèsD At a caisse
United States $4 $4
United States via Desjardins Bank Free of charge $5
Haiti, Morocco and Portugal $7 N/A
Other international destinations $8 $8

Information required

To make a direct deposit overseas, you need the following information about your recipient:

  • First and last names
  • Home address
  • Name and address of the recipient's financial institution branch
  • Banking details based on destination and transfer method (such as the IBAN (International Bank Account Number), CLABE (Clave Bancaria Estandarizada or standardized banking code), routing number, account number, branch name and ID)
  • Reason for transfer (for example: reservation, subscription)

Select the country or territory to which you want to send funds to find out what kind of banking information is required, the maximum authorized amount and the currency to use.

SWIFT transfer

SWIFT is a telecommunications system between financial institutions used worldwide to send funds-transfer instructions.

  • Available anywhere in the world
  • Processing time within 2 business days
  • 225 destinations available through AccèsD
  • Maximum amount varies based on destination country, access method (at a caisse or on AccèsD) and your personal authorizations
  • Choice of several currencies
Fees for SWIFT transfers
Destination AccèsD and in-caisse
United States $15
United States via Desjardins Bank $7.50
International $15

Information required for SWIFT transfers

To complete a SWIFT transfer, you need to know the following information about your recipient.

  • First and last names
  • Home address
  • Financial institution branch address
  • Banking details based on destination: (for example, BIC (bank identifier code, also called the SWIFT code), account number, branch name and ID)
  • Reason for transfer (for example: reservation, subscription)

Depending on which country or territory you are sending funds to, the following information may be required.

Australia

Mandatory banking information

The 6-digit B-S-B (Bank State Branch) code is required for transfers in Australian dollars (AUD).

This code, which identifies the recipient's bank branch, must be entered in the Identification number box on the AccèsD form.

Daily limit that can be transferred in-caisse

Unlimited

Daily limit that can be transferred on AccèsD

Up to 5,000Canadian dollars
China

Mandatory banking information

The 12-digit C-N-A-P-S (China National Advanced Payments System) code is required for transfers in yuan (CNY).

This code identifies the recipient's bank branch.

In order to avoid transfer returns or delays, don't shorten the recipient's first or last name.

Daily limit that can be transferred in-caisse

Unlimited

Daily limit that can be transferred on AccèsD

Up to 5,000Canadian dollars
Mexico

Mandatory banking information

The C-L-A-B-E (Clave Bancaria Estandarizada or standardized banking code) has 18 characters.

The first 3 characters identify the bank, the next 3 refer to the branch, the next 11 represent the recipient’s account number, and the last character is the control digit.

Some Mexican banks don’t use the C-L-A-B-E for U-S dollar accounts. Only the account number is required.

Daily limit that can be transferred in-caisse

Unlimited

Daily limit that can be transferred on AccèsD

Up to 5,000Canadian dollars
Morocco

Mandatory banking information

24-digit R-I-B (relevé d'identité bancaire) key

Daily limit that can be transferred in-caisse

Unlimited

Daily limit that can be transferred on AccèsD

Up to 5,000Canadian dollars
United States

Mandatory banking information

Routing transit number

The ABA routing transit number (ABA, routing number) has 9 digits.

Note: Banks generally use a different routing number for direct deposits and SWIFT transfers. In some cases, however, the numbers may be one and the same.

Daily limit that can be transferred in-caisse

Unlimited

Daily limit that can be transferred on AccèsD

Up to 5,000Canadian dollars
Other countries and territories

Mandatory banking information

B-I-C

The bank identifier code, also called the SWIFT code, comprises 8 or 11 characters. The first 8 characters identify the financial institution and the last 3 refer to the branch.

I-B-A-N

I-B-A-N (International Bank Account Number) is a bank account identifier mainly used in Europe. It varies from country to country and consists of up to 34 characters.

It often appears on bank statements and invoices of companies and individuals residing in participating countries.

Even though it's not required locally, some countries might use the I-B-A-N. When the I-B-A-N is indicated on the AccèsD form, we suggest you use it instead of the account number.

Daily limit that can be transferred in-caisse

Unlimited

Daily limit that can be transferred on AccèsD

Up to 5,000Canadian dollars
  • Good to know

    If you only need to make international transfers once in a while, you can do them at any Desjardins caisse.

    Make an appointment at a caisse

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Ready to make an international transfer?

Once the feature is activated, you can make international funds transfers without assistance on AccèsD.

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FAQ – International funds transfers

  1. Plus correspondent fees, if any. Fees based on the currency of the account credited.
  2. Even though your file indicates a limit, the system also takes into account the limit imposed by the destination country or territory and security limit determined by Desjardins.
  3. Except Desjardins Bank.
  4. Doesn't include weekend or statutory holidays in Canada or the country of destination. Times are not guaranteed.