SWIFT MT103 serial payment analysis 2/3

This is the second article where we are looking at a concrete example of MT103 serial payment. We already saw how the cover method is used to settle that payment. Read the series of articles I refer you to in the previous article if you want to learn more about the cover method.

When the transaction is settled with the serial method, the payment moves from one party to the next in the payment chain until it reaches the beneficiary bank. The content of the first message was analyzed in detail in the previous article. Now we will analyze the second MT103 serial message exchanged between the different parties and their meaning. The following picture depicts the different parties involved and their roles in the second MT103. The third MT103 Serial will be considered in the next article.

MT103 Serial Payment 2 between Sender correspondent and Intermediary Institution
MT103 Serial Payment 2 between Sender correspondent and Intermediary Institution


The table below contains the fields that are transported in the second MT103 serial payment. An additional column (comments) provides further explanation, so that it is easy to understand each field and what it is used for.

WP Data Tables

Read this page on the SWIFT formatting rules and Character sets of MT Messages to get additional information and understand what 16x, 4!c and the format of the field options mean.

Narratives and notes on this SWIFT MT103 serial payment

As usual, we should consider this MT103 serial payment carefully. Have you noticed the party that becomes field 52a on the picture? The following narrative and notes allow to get a deeper understanding of the message content.

Narrative and note 1 (Main purpose of this SWIFT MT103 serial payment)

The Sender (PNBPUS3N) is instructing the Receiver (IRVTUS3N) to debit its account and credit the account of BSCHESMM (the account with institution).

Narrative and note 2 (Fields 53a and 54a are not in the SWIFT MT103 serial payment)

Fields 53A and 54A (Sender’s and receiver’s correspondents) are not present. This means payment does not go through any correspondent. PNBPUS3N has an account relationship with IRVTUS3N. The account relationship can be direct or through a local clearing system. In the second case, funds transfer happens through interbank clearing and settlement systems in the USA, the country where Ordering institution and account with institution (or simply the Beneficiary bank) have their correspondents.

The account with institution BSCHESMM (57A) is the next party in the chain. It will receive the funds from IRVTUS3N, the receiver of this message, for credit to the beneficiary’s account. Note that IRVTUS3N is US correspondent of BSCHESMM.

Narrative and note 3 (Ordering and account with institution in the SWIFT MT103 serial payment)

The ordering institution (52A) is provided in this message. That means the ordering customer is not customer of the Sender, PNBPUS3N. The sender added the field 52a in the message, so that the receiver is aware of this and can pass on the information.

An account with institution (57A) is present in the message. The Beneficiary customer account (:59:/ES6300491800132710387658) is not held by the receiver (IRVTUS3N) of this message, but by the provided account with institution.

Narrative and note 4 (Details of charges in the SWIFT MT103 serial payment)

Details of charges (71A) is SHA. The charges are shared between Ordering and beneficiary customer. Sender pays charges to ordering bank. Beneficiary pays to receiving and other intermediary banks.

A field 71F was added to this message (:71F:USD20,). The sender PNBPUS3N is indicating to the receiver and the next parties in the payment chain that he charged USD 20 fees for the transaction processing. Note that Interbank Settled Amount (USD367554,90) = Instructed Amount (:33B:USD367574,90)  – Sender’s Charges (USD20,). So charges are taken from the initial instructed / settlement amount. That is how the beneficiary pays.  The sender must provide the optional instructed amount field not only because he has taken charges, but also because it was in the MT103 message he received.

This ends our analysis of the second MT103 serial payment. In the next article, we will consider the third MT103 message exchanged  between Bank of New York Mellon and Santander.



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