Learn all about Swift, MT 799 and MT 760.

What is SWIFT?

Swift is an acronym for Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications and is utilised by over 11,000 members in over 200 countries, and allows financial institutions across the globe to send and receive financial messages in a standard and secure manner. Membership of this society is highly regulated, and only vetted members who have undergone intense due diligence are permitted to use this system.

The swift system ensures that banks can send authenticated financial messages to each other, and provides validation and verification checks on each of their communications. Each bank, depending on their size will have a number of swift operators for both outbound and inward bound messages.

It is important not to complicate professional conversations regarding financial transactions by referring to swift messages in any great detail as they are meant for inter-bank communication only.

MT 799 and MT 760 Explained

Each swift message is dedicated to a particular financial transaction or communication, and is preceded by the letters MT, (the MT 100 for example is dedicated to cash transfers). This is a simple acronym and is short for Message Type. The messages most applicable to Bank Guarantees are the MT 799 and MT 760 as outlined below.

MT 799 is designated as a free flow message and is used in a number of communications, but is also utilised as a pre advice for Bank Guarantees, Standby Letters of Credit and Documentary Letters of Credit. The pre advise in relation to Bank Guarantees, is a message from The Issuing Bank to The Receiving Bank informing them that they are about to receive a Bank Guarantee in favour of one of their clients. The Receiving Bank will advise their client accordingly, and wait for the arrival of the Bank Guarantee.

MT 760 is a dedicated message type for transmitting on a bank to bank basis, Bank Guarantees, Standby Letters of Credit and Documentary Letters of Credit.