Sending USD to a US bank account

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Sending USD to a US bank account

Post by travesty » 18 Sep 2017 22:11

I have various Canadian bank accounts, some denominated in USD and some in CAD. I also have US-domiciled accounts at RBC Bank (was RBC Centura) and TD Bank, which (evidently) are in USD.

I'd like to send some USD to someone at a different bank (BoA) as cheaply as possible and online (perhaps with some initial one-time in-person setup). This appears quite difficult!

One option is a wire transfer, but this apparently pretty much needs to be done in-person, and has fees of something like $45 + $20 (sending and receiving ends), making it pretty uneconomical for small transfers.

RBC and other banks have an "international remittance" function, which is really just a cheap wire transfer that costs usually around $10 or $15, but they only let you pay in Canadian funds, so you take at least one currency conversion (and up to two if you pay from a USD account). They are also limited to a relatively small total amount.

The US banks, RBC Bank and TD Bank appear to have essentially zero support for sending cash to other US banks.

Is there some kind of way to use an intermediary to do this transfer? For example, I could billpay them from my US bank (or do something from a USD account from my Canadian banks) and then ACH to the destination bank.

The receiver of these funds can't use paypall or anything like that. It must be a transfer to their accounts with the routing + account number, etc.

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Re: Sending USD to a US bank account

Post by Joebaba » 18 Sep 2017 22:57


Have you looked at Zelle? Also known as clearXchange.

I'm not recommending it, nor vouching for it - I simply stumbled upon it while Google searching.
It sounds a bit like our Interac transfers.


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Re: Sending USD to a US bank account

Post by cedeebee » 19 Sep 2017 22:52

This isn't quite the answer you're looking for... more of an FYI since you're in Vancouver and may not know about them...

Banner Bank has locations just across the border in Blaine and Point Roberts. There are no fees at all with their basic account, which is open to Canadians. I set one up to make shopping at easier, as well as to transfer funds to a friend in the US. Were you to be transferring funds to the US with any frequency, it might be worth it to set up an account with them. You can't link to a CDN account, of course, but it works well with Paypal should you ever have the need, so it's handy nonetheless--at least for me.

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Re: Sending USD to a US bank account

Post by SQRT » 20 Sep 2017 03:49

US banks including TD for sure, have bill payment functions that effectively send checks on your behalf. Service is free with minimum balances. You simply set up the payee with name and address and the bank will print off a check and send it to them. Works pretty well although there will be the usual postal delivery delay. The recipient will also gave to deposit the check into their account. Not perfect but not bad. To the best of my knowledge they dont have anything as good as Interac transfers.

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