SWIFT/BIC codes in Samoa 🇼🇸

SWIFT code Bank City Branch
ANZBWSWW ANZ BANK (SAMOA) LTD APIA
BATSWSA1 BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (SAMOA) LIMITED APIA
BOSPWSWS BANK SOUTH PACIFIC (SAMOA) LIMITED APIA
CBSAWSWS CENTRAL BANK OF SAMOA APIA
IBBIWSW1 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS BANK CORPORATION LTD. APIA
ININWSW1 INDEPENDENT INVESTMENT BANK LTD. APIA
NBSLWSWS NATIONAL BANK OF SAMOA LIMITED APIA
SCOBWSWS SAMOA COMMERCIAL BANK LIMITED APIA

What is a SWIFT code?

A SWIFT/BIC code is a standard format to uniquely identify banks, non-financial, and financial institutions globally. The SWIFT code is a standard format for Business Identifier Codes - commonly referred to as a BIC.

If you transmit money internationally you almost always need to use a SWIFT/BIC code, as it’s the way banks and money transfer services figure out where the money needs to go. You can think of a BIC code a bit like an international postal code. Your bank can use the BIC code to find another bank on the opposite side of the world. Similar to how sending a postcard to an incorrect ZIP/postal code means it might go missing, the same thing can apply for your money and the wrong SWIFT code.

What does a SWIFT look like?

A SWIFT code can be either 8 or 11 characters long:

AAAA BB CC DDD

More info about SWIFT/BIC codes

There are 2 types of SWIFT code: live and passive. Live codes are for institutions who are actively connected to the SWIFT network while passive Codes are used for manual transactions. Passive SWIFT codes will have a 1 as the second digit of the 2 character location code.

SWIFT code registrations and management are the responsibility of "Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication" (“SWIFT”) which is located in La Hulpe, Belgium.

SWIFT is the registered trademark of S.W.I.F.T. SCRL with a registered address at Avenue Adèle 1, B-1310 La Hulpe, Belgium.