WASHINGTON – November 7, 2011 – Companies
that do business globally now have a way to compare fees that banks charge around
the world. The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) today launched the
AFP Global Service Codes™ to help companies identify charges on
their bank account statements outside the United States.
The AFP Global Service Codes™ give companies 800 identifiers
for banking services that are widely adopted across Europe, the Middle East,
Africa and the Pacific Rim. They extend
the AFP Service Codes™, which companies have relied upon as a
standard since 1986.
Global corporations will be able to combine the U.S. and
global codes to track the increasing number of services they receive from banks
around the world, obtain the full value for those services, and to organize,
rationalize, and automate their monthly review of account analysis (billing)
statements. The codes are also a useful when comparing bank charges during an
“As business becomes
global and supply chains lengthen, companies need a way to compare apples to
apples when they evaluate bank services in multiple countries,” said Jim Kaitz,
AFP’s president and CEO. “When it comes to treasury practices and bank
reporting, the AFP Global Service Codes™ reflect AFP’s commitment to
setting a global standard.”
Services covered by the codes include balance and
compensation fees, custody, general account, credit, lockbox, electronic funds
transfer, depository, automatic investment, paper disbursement, paper
disbursement reconciliation, information reporting, electronic data interchange
(EDI) and SWIFT services.
An important difference between the global and domestic
codes is the length of the code field. The domestic codes are six digits
because they are designed to work with the ANSI X12 format; the global codes
are eight digits because they are designed to work with the TWIST BSB format.
Both sets of codes are available for purchase, with a
discount to AFP members. For information about using the codes, visit www.afponline.org/servicecodes or contact Thomas Hunt at 301.907.2870
AFP Global Service Codes™ and AFP Service Codes™
are trademarks of the Association for Financial Professionals.
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