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UK Sort Code is the same as US Switch Code?

For affiliates who lives in the US but runs UK programs

12:03 am on Apr 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I joined an affilate network who doesn't answer their mail that often unfortunately, so I figured WebmasterWorld folks might have a ton of people who's familiar with this question.

Can anyone confirm that the UK Sort Code is the same as the US Swich Code?

The Swtich code is the code you need to allow a merchant to wire transfer your commissions to your bank account.

8:42 am on Apr 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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There are lots of numbers associated with bank transfers - I'll try and go through some of them here.

Sort Code - Unique identification number for a particular bank or building society branch. For BACS processing this must be a six digit number, however it can be represented as three two-digit numbers separated by dashes.

IBAN - International Bank Account Number (IBAN)

IBAN is an initiative being driven by the European Commission and banks across Europe to introduce a standard account number format for use with cross border payments in Europe.

Example of a UK IBAN:

Country Code Check Digits Bank Code Sort Code Account No.
GB 99 RBOS 123456 12345678


Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication code - this number is generally used for transfers between the UK and the US

So it really depends on where you are as to which numbers they are going to need from you.

11:20 am on May 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You need a swift code in order to do UK to US wire transfers.


11:08 am on May 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yep, account number, account name and SWIFT OR IBAN number are usually adequate. I would contact the paying party and explain your question rather than risk not getting paid.