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Mt799 becomes one of the most important parts when it comes to international trade. It is basically a ‘free format’ which works as a proof that the funds are deposited and on a potential trade. With the help of Mt799 banks can easily communicate with each other and that too freely with the help of SWIFT system and hence this protect them from becoming the mechanism which is used for transferring funds for paying.

Manier times while dealing with Bank Guarantees, Documentary Credits and Letters of Credit (LCs) you must have heard the word ‘Mt799’ being used. What is a SWIFT code ( commonly called SWIFT BIC)? It is actually a unique code which is used by the banks in order to identify and send money to the banks overseas. MT nnn’ stands for Message Type Number: MT 799 messages must have a ‘Transaction Reference Number’ which mostly contain 16 characters in that field, a ‘Narrative’ which gives a brief description of a transaction has been made. We should keep one thing in mind that in the case of the reference number, the field must not start or end with a slash ‘/’ and must not contain two consecutive slashes ‘//’, otherwise it will show up the error code: T26. There are no valid ‘Network Validated Rules’ for MT 799 with the narrative.

How do I start the MT 799 process?

Banks are not in favour of issuing these automated messages (MT 799), because they fear whether these automated messages are liable for the cost of the trade or not. There is usually a requirement for the bank’s client to post a specific level of collateral.

What information is required by the financial institution?

It is mandatory for a funder to need to know the name of the advising bank. However, they will be in need of more granular detail for example the LC Number and LC Amount. This will also include the tenor or length of the draft. This goes alongside with the latest date of shipment. The company that is liable for the confirmation fee needs to be known by the funder and everything should be transparent; the transparency also includes all the information on what products are being traded, location, port, unloading location and whether the LC is restricted for negotiation or not.

  • Name of the advising bank
  • Letter of Credit Identifier and Total Value
  • Details of the Letter of Credit type (restricted, negotiable)
  • Latest shipment date
  • Person or company liable for confirmation fee
  • A description of the goods / services
  • Port and/or country where product will be loaded and unloaded

Types of MT799 Messages

Banks use MT799 for several purposes like:

  1. Proof of Funds Letters (POF)
  2. Ready Willing and Able Letters(RWA)
  3. Pre-advice Letters

What Information is needed in order To Provide In Order To Send A MT799?

Here we provide you the most common information needed to send a MT799:

  • Applicant’s name and contact information
  • Instrument amount
  • Advising bank’s information
  • Beneficiary’s name and contact information
  • Validity of instrument
  • Copy of contract / pro forma invoice
  • Letter of Credit number
  • Letter of Credit amount
  • Letter of Credit draft
  • Latest shipment date

How Do We Get A SWIFT MT-799 Message Issued?

  • Not every bank has the facility to issue this message. Only a bank that has all the required SWIFT capabilities can issue a MT799. You can use your personal bank, or you can use a Trade Finance Broker if you want to be provided by the services from their banks.
  • Banks do not issue a MT799 very easily. You required to have some type of collateral for that.
  • In case you don’t have the collateral at hand, sometimes it also happens that they give you the services of a Trade Finance Broker as they can often provide you a MT799 without using your own collateral.

How can I Use the SWIFT MT-799?

  • A bank who has the facility of SWIFT MT-799 capability will always allow the SWIFT electronic verification for proof of funds in compliance with the SWIFT Category 7 “Treasury Markets & Syndication” message types.
  • People often believe that if they wish to show the proof of their funds, they require a SWIFT MT760 message, but in reality, they simply need a SWIFT MT799 message and their work is done.
  • More often the bank uses MT799 or we can say it is issued right before a contract is signed and/or before a letter of credit or bank guarantee is issued.
  • After the seller receives the MT799 by the respective bank, the seller then often sends the buyer a proof of product (POP) to show their capability in the contract as well.

Bank can provide MT799 POF

There is one hidden truth about the banks that they do not accept to have an MT700 POF issued to the seller’s bank whenever their clients approach them. Some banks directly deny issuing MT799 because the bank is burdened by the cost of the trade if they issue the seller an MT799 message and the rate sometimes exceeds up to millions. In order to secure their own interests, they do not simply issue an Mt799, they require some collateral for that. MT799 is also used as a key which convinces the supplier that the seller actually has funds on deposit.

No Upfront Fees

Banks can make an arrangement of MT799 proof of funds for their clients without any upfront fee payment until POF is not issued and confirmed by the receiving bank. The bank does it on a fixed- return basis to facilitate various funding requirements, which also provides you the capability to meet on-going project needs. The investment process is not really a lengthy one yet is simple and secure and can be completed in as little as five (5) banking days.

They can arrange funding various types of accounts for a broad range of requirements. All accounts are verified via written verification of deposit, with other confirmation options available that includes verbal and electronic verification. Special accounts are also available that provides confirmations using MT999, MT799, and MT760 message formats. The rate of return requirements varies, depending on the volume of funds provided and the verification type needed.