Australia and Belgium have maintained a positive relationship since the first world war. This relationship has been strengthened by agreements regarding double taxation, social security and working holidays. These agreements have made it easy for any of the over 6,000 Belgian expats in Australia to work and live here, without financial repercussions back home.
As of 2013, Belgium was also Australia’s 24th largest trading partner with trades equaling $3 billion Australian Dollars (AUD), while Belgium’s combined total investment into Australia was $8.3 billion AUD. With this amount of financial activity existing between the two nations, the need for money transfer options from Australia to Belgium is a key economic factor.
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Money transfer companies versus banks Simon's family - Case study
Simon and his family have recently moved to Australia to take advantage of a business opportunity. They do like to send monetary gifts to family and friends back in Belgium for special occasions.
This has led Simon to do some research to determine which is the most inexpensive and reliable way to send money from Australia to Belgium. Simon usually sends gifts of $1,000 AUD, so he compares a money transfer service provider with a bank transfer:
Money transfer service
1 AUD = 0.66 EUR
1 AUD = 0.67 EUR
Amount received in Euro (EUR)
Three to five business days
For Simon, he will save money by using the bank over this money transfer service provider both in the exchange rate and in fees. If he needed to send money in an emergency, the transfer service will be faster.
How do I compare transfer companies when transferring money to Belgium?
The case study above demonstrates the importance of comparing a number of features in money transfer options, as well as applying the exchange rate to a larger quantity of money. When you begin to compare your money transfer options start by looking at the following:
Exchange rate. The exchange rate can make a significant difference, even when it looks to be only a few cents. When you apply exchange rates to a larger amount of money there can be higher difference in the exchange.
Transfer cost. Some companies may offer a lower exchange rate but charge higher fees.
Pick up methods. Investigates the various money transfer service providers to see which ones offer cash pick-up or bank deposit, or whichever method is best suited for you.
Transfer time. Bank deposits generally take longer than a cash pick up, which could be available in just a few minutes.
Transfer methods. You will find that most transfer companies allow for transfers to be processed online or they allow you to transfer cash at an agency if that is your preference.
Since Belgium’s currency is the Euro, which is common, you are going to find that there are multiple options available for sending money from Australia.
The number of options available to you makes it important that you check the features and fees of each one in order to get the most value for your Australian Dollar. Listed below are a few of the options you will have available to you:
WorldRemit. WorldRemit is an online money transfer service provider which charges $3.99 AUD for transfers of up to $8,000 AUD to Belgium. This is a bank deposit only, so you will want to check with the recipient bank to see how much they will charge to accept the transfer.
Commonwealth Bank. Commonwealth Bank account holders may send money from their account to one held by a bank in Belgium. The fee if the transfer is done via a bank branch is $30 AUD, or $22 AUD if you use NetBank or the Commonwealth Bank app.
Western Union. Western Union offers you the option of a cash pick up in Belgium or bank deposit.
MoneyGram. Available both online or at kiosks in 7-11 stores across Australia, MoneyGram allows for a cash pick up in Belgium, charging $60 AUD to send $1,000 AUD.
Cash pick up locations in Belgium for Western Union and MoneyGram
Listed below are a number of cash pick up locations in Belgium for Western Union and MoneyGram. Before heading to a pick up agent make sure that you have your photo identification and the transfer reference number.
Direct Finance Place Communale 27 Brussels, 1080
Madina GSM Shop - Schaerbeek Rue Verte 189 Schaerbeek, 1030
Monday through Saturday 9am to 6:30pm
Open seven days a week from 9am to 9pm
Agence MoneyGram Charleroi Neuve Rue Neuve 45 Charleroi, 6000
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises that tourists travelling to Belgium exercise normal safety precautions. Still, it is important to be vigilant when travelling to a cash pick up location. Know the hours ahead of time, plan safe transportation, and immediately head back to your lodgings once the money has been received.
If you are planning on sending money using a cash pick up option, it is important that you and your beneficiary be aware of the following:
Full name. As a security precaution, the full name for the recipient must match the name printed on their photo identification exactly.
Transfer number. The sender will be provided with a transfer number. This number must be relayed to the pick up agent before funds are released.
Transfer amount. For further verification the beneficiary may be asked the amount that was sent and/or the sender’s full name and location.
Verification question. Some companies may also offer an additional security option where the recipient is asked to answer a question given by the sender.
Any paperwork that you receive when transferring money from Australia to Belgium should be kept until it is verified that your beneficiary has received the full funds. This will be necessary in the event that you wish to lodge a dispute.
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