Swift Codes, also called BIC Codes, are used for International Wire Transfers. While routing number in USA are used for domestic wire transfers, swift codes are used for incoming international fund transfers. If you want to send or receive money from outside of united states to a bank account of Bank of the West in USA, your bank will ask for the swift code of Bank of the West.
Important: Swift Codes or BICs of Bank of the West are used ONLY for International Wire Transfers. If you are doing only domestic payments then you only need routing number of Bank of the West instead of swift codes.
Some International wires require an IBAN number, but bank accounts in USA do not have an IBAN. However, you need to provide ABA Routing Number and your Account Number along with Swift Code of Bank of the West to initiate International wire transfer.
Bank of the West Swift Codes for International Wire Transfers
To receive International Wire Transfers to your account in Bank of the West use the following SWIFT Code - BWSTUS66
Note of Caution on Fees: Both sending and receiving of wire transfer may involve a fee. If there is a currency conversion, there may be additional cost - we recommend using services like TransferWise for getting best conversion rates with lower wire transfer fees.
A full swift code (or Full BIC code) is 11 characters long. The last 3 characters in the full BIC is optional as they denote the branch code ('XXX' is for primary office and should be preferred if you are unsure). If there are multiple swift codes mentioned for Bank of the West, just use the first 8 characters. If even first 8 characters are numerous, then, use the one closest to your location or confirm with your branch office.
ABA Routing Number: Routing numbers are also referred to as "Check Routing Numbers", "ABA Numbers", or "Routing Transit Numbers" (RTN). The ABA routing number is a 9-digit identification number assigned to financial institutions by The American Bankers Association (ABA). This number identifies the financial institution upon which a payment is drawn. Routing numbers may differ depending on where your account was opened and the type of transaction made.
Each routing number is unique to a particular bank, large banks may have more than one routing number for different states.
ACH Routing Number: ACH Routing Number stands for Automated Clearing House (ACH). This routing number is used for electronic financial transactions in the United States. ACH helps to improves payment processing efficiency and accuracy, and reduce expenses. Banks offer ACH services for businesses who want to collect funds and make payments electronically in batches through the national ACH network. ACH routing number is a nine digit number.
The first four digits identify the Federal Reserve district where the bank is located. The next four numbers identify the specific bank. The last number is called as a check digit number which is a confirmation number. ACH Routing Numbers are used for direct deposit of payroll, dividends, annuities, monthly payments and collections, federal and state tax payments etc.
Fedwire Routing Number: Fedwire Transfer service is the fastest method for transferring funds between business account and other bank accounts.
It is used for domestic or international transactions in which no cash or check exchange is involved, but the account balance is directly debited electronically and the funds are transferred to another account in real time. To complete a wire transfer, the sender must provide his bank name and account number of the recipient, the receiving account number, the city and state of the receiving bank and the bank's routing number.