CFPB Amends Remittance Rule on International Money

Dec 13, 2022


Welcome to Life Designers, your trusted source for consulting and analytical services. In this article, we'll be discussing the recent amendments made by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to the remittance rule on international money transfers. Our team of experts ensures that you stay up-to-date with the latest regulatory changes that impact your business and consumer needs.

Understanding the CFPB Remittance Rule

The CFPB remittance rule, also known as Regulation E, was introduced to protect consumers who send money internationally. It requires certain disclosures and error resolution procedures to ensure transparency and accountability in remittance transactions. However, due to the constantly evolving nature of the global financial landscape, the CFPB has recently made significant amendments to the remittance rule.

Key Amendments

The new amendments implemented by the CFPB aim to address the challenges faced by businesses and consumers in the remittance market. These amendments include:

  • Extension of the Safe Harbor Exception: The CFPB has extended the safe harbor exception threshold from 100 transfers to 500 transfers per year. This change offers relief to smaller remittance providers from additional compliance burdens.
  • New Disclosures Regarding Exchange Rates and Fees: Remittance transfer providers are now required to disclose the actual exchange rate, amount of fees, and the amount to be received by the recipient before the transaction is finalized. This allows consumers to make more informed decisions when sending international money transfers.
  • Error Resolution Procedures: The amended rule streamlines the error resolution process for remittance transfer providers. It establishes a 30-minute resolution timeframe for errors caused by incorrect account numbers or recipient identification information.
  • Safe Harbor for Estimating Exchange Rates and Fees: Remittance providers can now estimate exchange rates and fees within certain limits without being deemed in violation of the remittance rule. This provision offers flexibility for providers while ensuring transparency and accuracy in disclosures.

The Impact on Business and Consumers

These amendments have significant implications for both businesses and consumers involved in international money transfers. For businesses, the increased safe harbor exception threshold allows smaller remittance providers to operate with more ease and less regulatory burden. This promotes competition and fosters a healthy and diverse remittance market.

For consumers, the enhanced disclosures regarding exchange rates and fees bring greater transparency into the remittance process. This empowers individuals to compare providers and choose the most cost-effective option for their specific needs. The stricter error resolution procedures provide peace of mind, ensuring that any errors in the remittance process are promptly resolved.

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