Foreign currency cheques...

To-date I've been paid by a company I work for in the US by cheque which arrives in the post. This is how they operate. They pay all their contractors this way and won't budge. I have to take the cheque to an actual branch of Barclays, which are few and far between these days so it's quite a long drive for me. The last time I did this I was informed that Barclays will stop accepting foreign currency checks from 25th January 2024. They suggested (but were unsure) that this was the same for all banks. When I got home I fired up a chat with Barclays support who confirmed the same.

I'm trying to get the company that pays me to switch to electronic transfer (the US banking system is so far behind UK!). My boss is sympathetic and has asked me to send him something from the internet that will arm him for a visit to his finance department. However, I can find absolutely NOTHING from searches to suggest that foreign currency cheques are no longer being accepted by Barclays or the entire UK banking system. The Barclays website still shows the old process of how to pay in a foreign currency cheque.

Does anyone have any experience of this themselves, and does anyone know of anything reported in the press/online, or of new regulations that have been published that could prove that what I'm telling the company is true. Many thanks. 

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  • marcia_
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    HSBC still accepts foreign cheques. I get AU$ cheques all the time and bank them for a fee of £25 
  • DullGreyGuy
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    The whole UK banking system isn't stopping accepting foreign cheques, it's just getting much rarer to find personal accounts that do accept them. It's more common for business accounts to still accept them. 

    You may find them more amenable if you were to use something like Wise which would allow them to use ACH or wire the money to a us routing and account number. Just be aware that Wise isn't a bank and as such FSCS protections don't exist if they were to go bust whilst processing the payment. 
  • sausage_time
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    edited 4 January at 5:05PM
    I have US brokerage accounts with Schwab and ETrade - both allow US$ checks :) to be banked via the app.  Both accounts were opened through employee share schemes, but while no longer employed by them I still have the accounts and I know of others who have opened accounts.  I have no idea of the requirements, but might be worth investigating.
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  • You may find them more amenable if you were to use something like Wise which would allow them to use ACH or wire the money to a us routing and account number. Just be aware that Wise isn't a bank and as such FSCS protections don't exist if they were to go bust whilst processing the payment. 
    Thanks, yes I did this last year when I first started working for them thinking that an electronic transfer into something that looks exactly like a US checking account to them would be acceptable. Nope... all contractors get paid by cheque. They have offered me the option of credit card. This I need to investigate further.
  • gt94sss2
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    edited 6 January at 11:43PM
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    You can pay foreign currency cheques at HSBC.

    In particular, you may want to consider opening a free  HSBC Currency Account (https://www.hsbc.co.uk/international/currency-account/ )

    You can then transfer the USD to a HSBC Global Money Account to convert it to GBP at favourable exchange rates 

    https://www.hsbc.co.uk/current-accounts/products/global-money/

    @marcia_ You can do the same with Australian cheques.
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