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I took it home, completed it and took it back to the bank next day. When I presented it I was asked for photographic ID! This was in a local branch where I am known to them and I have banked there for more than thirty years.
Needless to say I did not have photographic IID with me and I was very upset at my time being wasted like this. I walked out, went home and opened a new business account with the Alliance and Leicester Commercial Bank. They allow me to make foreign payments quicky and simply online with a few mouse clicks and they charge less than the RBS for this.
Why is this never a simple task.
It is a simple task, at least if you have a good bank. I can send money to foreign bank accounts all over the world via my Internet on-line banking interface. The only thing I need to know are the SWIFT address of the bank and the account number of the receiver.
As far as I know every reputable bank in the world has a SWIFT address, or at least has an agreement with an upstream bank in their country with a SWIFT address which handles international transactions on behalf of them.