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Changes to International Remittances

Changes to International Remittances: International Wires Out and International Western Unions

International Wires Out
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued rules for Dodd-Frank International Remittances, effective October 28, 2013. The goal is to enable consumers to make informed decisions and have issues resolved and/or their transactions cancelled and refunded within 30 minutes. Alternatives will be providing the required Prepayment Disclosure and transaction receipt for International Wires sent from a consumer account. The rule does not apply when a Wire is sent from a business account. 

As always, members will have to complete a Wire Out Authorization form with detailed information about the receiving bank, and what type of account the beneficiary holds in the foreign country: a U.S. dollar account or a foreign currency account.

Fees for sending International Wires will change from $40 to: 
$30 for International Wires in Foreign Currency
$50 for International Wires in U.S. Currency 

Information about the purpose of the Wire will now be required. 
  • If sending to a European country, an IBAN (International Bank Account Number) is required. 
  • We will no longer be able to send an International Wire as a Domestic Wire through an intermediary bank. 
International Western Union
We no longer offer International Western Union transfers. Domestic Western Union transfers are still available. We still offer International Wire Transfers, but if Western Union is your best option, please contact Western Union directly. Tops Market in Ithaca also offers International Western Union transfers.

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The Finger Lakes ReUse Center was awarded The Jeff Furman Award for Social Responsibility in Business at Alternatives’ 2012 annual meeting, with Executive Director Diane Cohen accepting the award. Cohen expressed her thanks: “We will hang the award prominently and proudly in our Reuse Center, and as we grow, we will continue to use this as a beacon, to continue our efforts to maximize our capacity to provide opportunities and relieve hardship. We know we are in solidarity with Alternatives on these issues. We're a young organization with a mission to enhance community, economy, and environment through reuse, and a priority to serve our community well. Receiving this award has been an honor and an affirmation.”

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