There are two main options when it comes to transferring money from Hong Kong to the UK these are, use a bank or use a money transfer specialist.
Sending money from a Hong Kong bank account to a UK bank account using a money transfer specialist would be the best option for you.
Using this process will only take 1-3 working days and it is a much more coft-effective way of sending larger amounts of money.
The bank may seem like the easiest option however they have high charges and fees with not a lot of guidance throughout the process, due to this, banks are better when it comes to the small irregular payments.
A money transfer specialist have lower fees and they specialise in sending the larger frequent amounts of money.
There are many money transfers companies out there to choose from, but you need to choose the one that is best for you! Some money transfer companies are online-only companies such as PayPal and TransferWise these companies will offer little guidance and help throughout the process, the most they can offer is webchat and support emails.
These online-only companies are better when it comes to sending smaller amounts of money.
Many people do not feel safe or comfortable sending their money over the internet especially with no one to talk to.
It can be incredibly stressful when trying to transfer money internationally with no or little guidance, that is why it is best to choose a money transfer specialist with human contact so that they can guide and assist you through the whole process.
Money transfer specialists can offer you all the help you need, they can even watch the exchange rates for you and notify you if they move in your favour!
There are two main costs involved when transferring money from Hong Kong to the UK, these are:
Some people are not aware that the exchange rate itself is a fee charged for transferring money internationally.
A transfer fee is the fee charged for sending money from one international account to another.
Transfer fees vary depending on where you are sending your money and, course, to transfer money from Hong Kong to the UK or to send money to Hong Kong from the UK is no different.
An exchange rate is the price of one currency compared to that of another; what your money will buy if you like.
The banks will charge transfer fees when sending money internationally, these are a standard fee that is charged by all the big banks.
Some banks will even charge two transfer fees, one for the sending bank and one for the receiving bank! There are other names for a transfer fee which are “telegraphic transfer fee” and “outward remittance fee”.
Here is an example of what two of the large banks for British expats charge per international transfer:
HSBC charge $50 when you do it online and $120-240 when you do it in a branch, or $0 if the money is being transferred to another HSBC account and you are a HSBC Jade or Premier customer.
Standard Chartered charge $100-200 depending on what account you have. The banks also charge a fee if you change, make a mistake, or cancel your transfer and these fees are between $100 and $250 each!
Every bank or money transfer company have their own exchange rates.
The banks are known to have uncompetitive rates and to be very costly however, some people think that the bank is their only option, so they end up spending a lot of money on fees and charges as they are not aware there are other options out there.
Exchange rates set by HSBC and Standard Chartered for HKD/GBP is around 2.0%-2.2%.
To give you a rough idea on what this would look like, on a $200,000 telegraphic transfer to the UK you could be paying $4,000-$4,400 in exchange rate costs, now this is a lot of money to be wasting!
When looking at sending larger amounts of money then these fees can really add up and cost you a fortune!
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The important thing is the comparison, online rates shown on Google and other search engines are not always accurate for the consumer.
They can often refer to the rates that banks exchange at rather than what is available to you, the customer.
As a first-class currency transfer service, here at Regency FX we endeavour to get the best available rate regardless of how much you are transacting.
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